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This complex includes the two units of the National Park and the Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas. There are numerous glaciers, and popular hiking and climbing areas are Cascade Pass, Mount Shuksan, Mount Triumph, and Eldorado Peak.

Little snowy in October. Want to come back in August! Larches were beautiful though.

hiking
28 days ago

Always a great time at this loop trail. One of my favorites--the views are incredible. Can't beat the North Cascades! Plan on 3-4 hours (depending on how many photos you take the along the way....) This trail doesn't disappoint.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked Blue Lake on Saturday, October 22.

The entire trail was covered in snow. I recommend micro-spikes and trekking poles with snow baskets to help with traction and to prevent slipping. Most of the hiking trail was packed down snow and ranged from about 1.5 to 2 feet wide. I tracked a 5.3 mile roundtrip hike.

Breathtaking views all around and throughout the trail. Be sure to stop, look up and behind you to see these spectacular sights. Still some lingering golden larches out there. Enjoy!

Really fun and beautiful!

camped the night last day of september in below 24F temperature. Fall colors started to show and the combination of sun, fog, some snow showers and freezing rain made it a complete experience.

Absolutely breathtaking. Between the yellow trees, snow and mountains I felt like I was in a winter wonderland. I could've spent all day there.
Relatively easy and short hike. Ice on the trail in quite a few spots tho.
Went yesterday, Wednesday, got to the trail about 9:30 only the 4th car. By the time I got back around 1 the parking lot was pretty full.

Oct 10, 2016 - Monday - The day started out cold and got colder toward midday. It started to snow, then the wind kicked up, pelting us in the face as we hiked. If it weren't for my hiking companion, I might have turned around because there didn't appear to be any hope of a pay-off at the end of the ascent. We stuck with it and made the summit in 2.75 hrs just as the blue sky appeared directly over our heads. With the promise of sun, we stayed at the top for another 45 minutes (very cold) and were eventually treated with broken clouds and the warmth of the sun. Mt Baker was close, but never shown herself. It must be breathtaking when the clouds reveal the mountain, but we'll have to save that for another trip. 2 hrs down. Plenty of parking.

Challenging but rewarding at every turn. The view from the base of the glacier was the best I've ever experienced.

It was beautiful day for this hike. Glad we went in October. Filled with every fall color imaginable!

hiking
1 month ago

The trail beautiful. Next time I'd bring extra traction for my boots, it was a bit slippery at the top this time of year.

backpacking
1 month ago

G to last lake for most privacy and best camp spots! Beautiful lake, great mountain views all without too much effort (just equal effort on way in and out) . Lots of blueberries when in season! One downfall is lots of bugs.

Do this before it's too late, but I highly recommend wearing hiking boots. We did this hike clockwise, as to avoid having a super steep decline on the tail end of the trail (bad knee). This ended up being a smart move and wasn't as tough as people had warned it might be.

The whole trail is beautiful, but it is very wet in places, and even slippery at the top where there is ice/snow on the trail. Be careful!

Great walk to see beautiful Cedar trees and learn about the effects of forest fires. The path is well maintained with informational signs along the way. We enjoyed the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Can a day hike really get any better than this? I think not.

hiking
2 months ago

The Golden Larches are at their prime!