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Spectacular views of high peaks, glaciers, and everything else in between on this amazing trail.

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5,383' 1,641 m


2,140' 652 m


1,867' 569 m


3,363' 1,025 m



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Features River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Cascade Pass is the site of a major revegetation effort. Seeds and cuttings are collected here and nurtured in greenhouses. Later they are planted back to heal old scars. Please help in this effort by staying on designated trails and stopping for breaks on trail or rock!


The Cascade Pass Trail is a stunning hike with views of peaks and glaciers. The trail rises steadily to the pass, from which hikers may explore in several directions. The Cascade Pass Trail is also a popular starting point for climbing routes to Sahale, Boston, Mixup, and Magic Peaks, and the Ptarmigan Traverse into the Glacier Peak Wilderness.

The trail switchbacks through dense, wet forests then traverses through meadows to the pass. While hiking listen for the roar of falling ice from hanging glaciers on Johannesburg Mountain and the sound of water from the many cascades which give this park and its mountains their name.

Just to the east of the pass, the Sahale Arm Trail veers steeply north towards Sahale Peak. The views from Sahale Arm are breathtaking as the trail ascends through subalpine meadows and over steep rock scree, before ending at the toe of the Sahale Glacier and a designated campsite.

From Cascade Pass, you can also head east and downward towards campsites at Pelton Basin and a popular side-trip to Horseshoe Basin - a spectacular steep-walled cirque with waterfalls, wildflowers, and an historic mining site.

Past Horseshoe Basin, the trail continues into the Stehekin Valley, following the course of this scenic river for much of the route. This trail provides access to the east side of the park, including the village of Stehekin. Because of severe flood damage to the old Stehekin Valley Road, it is now a 23-mile (37 km) hike from the Cascade Pass parking lot to the Stehekin shuttle bus at High Bridge.

Flora & Fauna

Look and listen for wildlife, such as marmots and pikas on rock slopes. Deer, and sometimes black bear, may be seen in meadows. Please help the wildlife stay wild; do not feed them!

Cascade Pass is in the subalpine life zone, a place of deep snows and brief summers. A show of yellow glacier lilies and other brightly flowers quickly follow melting snow. Look for mountain heather, a short, woody evergreen shrub with pink blooms. Although heather thrives in this harsh environment, its brittle stems easily succumb to careless steps.


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Tom Robson

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Cascade Pass.  On the Ptarmigan Traverse, this point is where you turn photo-right and start route-finding off the trail.
Oct 11, 2016 near Diablo, WA
The route up to Cascade Pass is spectacular, with incredible views!
Jan 11, 2016 near Stehekin, WA
Hikers crossing the talus slope on the way to Cascade Pass.
Jan 11, 2016 near Stehekin, WA
This woodland trail is perfect for viewing wildlife.
Jan 11, 2016 near Stehekin, WA
Almost at Cascade Pass - beautiful views everywhere!
Jan 11, 2016 near Stehekin, WA
Heading up Cascade Pass Trail.
Jan 13, 2016 near Stehekin, WA



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Aug 6, 2023
Rachel Stigler
Jun 17, 2023
Jenny Ridout
Jul 15, 2022
Brandon Choi
14mi — 6h 30m
Jul 14, 2020
Tom Herr
Spectacular hike in remote area. Backcountry campgrounds are enticing. Many glaciers. Sahale Arm was closed today, which had been our goal. 7.5mi
Jul 11, 2020
Bryan Brown
w Dori. Did the Sahale arm en route to Park creek, finished in Stehekin 7/11/20
Aug 9, 2019
Stephanie Falch
Jul 27, 2019
Aug 28, 2018
Ethan A
7mi — 5h 00m