Photos de randonnées avec activités en pleine nature dans la Mazama

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5 months ago

This was our first hike in the northern Cascades and it didn't disappoint! But before I get into the trail details, a couple of thoughts on the road to the trailhead. As others have mentioned, the road is fairly high on the sketch meter but if you have a car with decent clearance and a driver that doesn't get the heebie-jeebies super easily you'll be fine. It's really more long than anything particularly on the way back when you're tired and just want to get back home or to your accommodations. It took us around an hour to travel the 10 miles to Harts Pass after you pass the Hart's Pass road sign at the bottom and about the same amount of time heading down. But IMO the hike is worth the drive! Once you get to Harts Pass (where there is a pit toilet), continue uphill another 1 to 1.5 miles to the first parking area you see just before a switchback.. It's not all the way up at the top where the lookout tower is! The hike itself reminded me at times of the Highline trail in Glacier NP just a bit less dramatic. From the very beginning all the way to Windy Pass you are treated to sweeping views of mountains and the thousands of wildflowers along the way were beautiful. The nicely cut dirt trail meanders along the sides of various mountains and you're often able to see the trail in front of you or on the horizon for a good long way. I always enjoy looking down over a ridge or across a valley to the other side and seeing the trail I'm on! There aren't many water features on this hike though we did pass a couple of small streams. The grade is very moderate with only a couple of brief, steeper sections. If you do all 11 miles however which involves heading up to the ridge past Windy Pass, it ends up being a solid workout despite the relatively small amount of vertical gain (1500 to 1800 ft or so). My girl and I are in pretty good shape and it took us 4.5 hours RT with some breaks and a 30 min lunch. Be prepared for the sun as it was quite hot on the way back and this is not a hike where you'll be saved by the trees for very long! All in all, we really enjoyed our hike to Windy Pass and would recommend it to anyone looking for a hike with moderate grades but decent mileage , expansive views, and wide open hiking in the Northern Cascades!

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