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Gems in North Cascades - 15

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gem Favorite Lake Diablo at sunset

Diablo Lake Overlook

(20) Diablo, WA
gem Favorite Views of the jagged Dragontail Peak across Colchuck Lake.

Colchuck Lake

(5) Leavenw…, WA
gem Favorite A great day at Goldmyer Hot Spring

Goldmyer Hot Springs

(4) Skykomish, WA
gem Favorite Sunrise from the campsite

Sahale Arm

(3) Diablo, WA
gem Favorite Mason Lake

Mason Lake

(9) Riverbend, WA
gem Favorite Le Conte Mountain seen from the Ying Yang lakes bivouac site along the Ptarmigan Traverse.

Ying Yang Lakes

(1) Stehekin, WA
gem Favorite Itswoot Ridge, White Rock Lakes, and Dome Peak along the Ptarmigan Traverse

South Cascade Glacier Col

(1) Stehekin, WA
gem Favorite Best way to get up close with the liberty bell formations is from the south side blue lake trail access

Liberty Bell and the Early Winter Spires

(1) Stehekin, WA
gem Favorite The view of Liberty Bell Mountain and surrounding mountains from Washington Pass observation point is simply stunning.

Washington Pass Observation Site

(5) Stehekin, WA
gem Favorite Alpine lakes like this are just beauties.

Blue Lake

(5) Sedro-W…, WA
gem Favorite No Photos

Tank Lakes

(2) Skykomish, WA
gem Favorite Looking over at the American Border Peak.

Winchester Mountain Lookout

(2) Peacefu…, WA
gem Favorite Icicle Creek and Ridge Spur Viewpoint

Icicle Ridge Viewpoint

(9) Leavenw…, WA
gem Favorite Cable car over the Chilliwack.

Chilliwack Cable Car

(1) Diablo, WA
gem Favorite Ladder Creek Falls in the fall

Ladder Creek Falls

(2) Diablo, WA

Recommended Routes in North Cascades - 51

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Favorite Views of the jagged Dragontail Peak across Colchuck Lake.
Difficult Difficult

Enchantments Traverse

19.1 mi 30.8 km 4,556' Up 1388.81 m Up 6,674' Down 2034.11 m Down

Leavenw…, WA
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Favorite Hiker on Maple Pass.
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Heather/Maple Pass Loop

7.2 mi 11.5 km 2,022' Up 616.17 m Up 2,058' Down 627.39 m Down

Stehekin, WA
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Favorite Cascade Pass.  On the Ptarmigan Traverse, this point is where you turn photo-right and start route-finding off the trail.
Difficult Difficult

Cascade Pass to Sahale Arm

11.7 mi 18.8 km 3,898' Up 1187.97 m Up 3,897' Down 1187.82 m Down

Diablo, WA
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Favorite Views of the jagged Dragontail Peak across Colchuck Lake.
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Colchuck Lake

8.3 mi 13.4 km 2,222' Up 677.35 m Up 2,222' Down 677.23 m Down

Leavenw…, WA
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Favorite Middle Falls
Intermediate Intermediate

Wallace Falls and Lake

11.1 mi 17.9 km 2,419' Up 737.35 m Up 2,419' Down 737.32 m Down

Gold Bar, WA
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Favorite A layer of fog shrouding the views below Mount Pilchuck.
Difficult Difficult

Mount Pilchuck Trail

5.4 mi 8.6 km 2,087' Up 636.07 m Up 2,086' Down 635.74 m Down

Granite…, WA
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Favorite Stunning view of Rainier at sunset. Bring headlamps!
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Kendall Katwalk

12.2 mi 19.7 km 2,621' Up 798.78 m Up 2,620' Down 798.61 m Down

Riverbend, WA
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Favorite Blanca Lake panorama
Difficult Difficult

Blanca Lake

11.8 mi 19.0 km 3,634' Up 1107.5 m Up 3,639' Down 1109.31 m Down

Skykomish, WA
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Favorite Mt. Baker's Cone and the Coleman Glacier pose for a photo taken from Heliotrope Divide.
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Heliotrope Divide

5.4 mi 8.7 km 1,636' Up 498.56 m Up 1,635' Down 498.33 m Down

Peacefu…, WA
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North Cascades Hiking

  • 5,139 Miles 8,270 Kilometers of Trail
  • 51 Recommended Routes
  • 15 Gems Gems
  • 243 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 465 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 653 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in North Cascades - 1,310

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3.3 mi 5.3 km #1Lake TwentyTwo Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Granite Falls, WA
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Granite Falls, WA 76 
3.5 mi 5.6 km #2Lake Serene Trail #1068
Difficult Difficult
Gold Bar, WA
Difficult Difficult
Gold Bar, WA 66 
3.3 mi 5.3 km #3Snow Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Riverbend, WA
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Riverbend, WA 52 
2.6 mi 4.2 km #4Heather Lake Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Granite Falls, WA
Intermediate Intermediate
Granite Falls, WA 34 
2.8 mi 4.4 km #5Granite Mountain Trail #1016
Difficult Difficult
Riverbend, WA
Difficult Difficult
Riverbend, WA 26 
3.2 mi 5.2 km #6Annette Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Riverbend, WA
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Riverbend, WA 39 
5.6 mi 9.0 km #7Colchuck Lake Trail #1599.1
Difficult Difficult
Leavenworth, WA
Difficult Difficult
Leavenworth, WA 12 
1.9 mi 3.0 km #8Thunder Knob Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Diablo, WA
Intermediate Intermediate
Diablo, WA 26 
2.2 mi 3.5 km #9Blue Lake
Intermediate Intermediate
Diablo, WA
Intermediate Intermediate
Diablo, WA 17 
4.1 mi 6.5 km #10Hidden Lake Trail #745
Difficult Difficult
Darrington, WA
Difficult Difficult
Darrington, WA 18 

Photos of North Cascades - 1,194

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Looking across the Chinook Pass highway towards Sourdough Ridge
Mar 5, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Turning a switchback along Cady Ridge.
Oct 10, 2016 near Skykomish, WA
Crystal clear view of the night sky from the campsite upon Cady Ridge.
Oct 10, 2016 near Skykomish, WA
Taking in the views along Cady Ridge.
Oct 10, 2016 near Skykomish, WA
Itswoot Ridge, White Rock Lakes, and Dome Peak along the Ptarmigan Traverse
Oct 11, 2016 near Stehekin, WA
Le Conte Mountain and glacier seen from Spider-Formidable col on the Ptarmigan Traverse.
Oct 11, 2016 near Stehekin, WA
Kool Aid Lake Bivouac site on the Ptarmigan Traverse.  Johannesburg in the right side background.
Oct 11, 2016 near Diablo, WA
Le Conte Mountain seen from the Ying Yang lakes bivouac site along the Ptarmigan Traverse.
Oct 11, 2016 near Stehekin, WA
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