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The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is one of the most visited forests in the country. Located on the west side of the Cascades between the Canadian border and Mt. Rainier National Park, you will find glacier-covered peaks, spectacular mountain meadows and old-growth forests rich in history and outdoor opportunities.

Beautiful scenic trail for all skill levels. We enjoyed rock skipping at the river near beginning of trail and the cool breeze by the caves cooled us down.

hiking
1 day ago

High Pass trail is located at the same trailhead as Winchester Mountain Lookout. Personally I think this trail was way more impressive. It descends down and around Winchester Mountain through beautiful wildflowers. Then you hit switch-backs that take you up towards Mt. Larrabee (visible from Winchester Mountain Lookout). The final stretch of this hike is tough but the 360 degree views at the top are STUNNING!!!

Overall both hikes combined came to about 12 miles so be ready for a long day if you plan on hiking both trails. Afterwards spend some time at Twin Lakes!

Note: the road to this trailhead is not maintained past Yellow Aster Butte trailhead and you will need a high clearance vehicle to get there.

This is such a wonderful hike if you're looking for a short hike with fantastic views. At the top is a lookout that you can stay in (first come first serve) with gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains.

We also did High Pass trail which is at the same trailhead. Personally I think this trail was way more impressive. It descends down and around Winchester Mountain through beautiful wildflowers. Then you hit switch-backs that take you up towards Mt. Larrabee (visible from Winchester Mountain Lookout). The final stretch of this hike is tough but the 360 degree views at the top are STUNNING!!!

Overall both hikes combined came to about 12 miles so be ready for a long day if you plan on hiking both trails. Afterwards spend some time at Twin Lakes!

Note: the road to this trailhead is not maintained past Yellow Aster Butte trailhead and you will need a high clearance vehicle to get there.

Easy, short, family friendly hike (great for young kids and the elderly). Nice paved parking lot, but would recommend getting to the hike early in AM to guarantee a parking spot (as it is quite a popular hike). We went around noon though, and had no problem finding a spot. Bugs were not too bad, but would recommend bringing bug spray anyways. Getting to the ice cave was easy and quick, and once there you will see a flat large rocky area directly in front of the cave where people sit and have lunch. This area is beautiful, and a great way to cool off and enjoy a snack/or lunch. I wouldn't recommend going in the ice cave though, as it can collapse.

Gorgeous all the way view, relative easy trail for everyone to enjoy. Clock counter wise is recommended for less vertical climbing.

hiking
3 days ago

Great spot, a well used trail. Watch for the mice at the campsite and in the carpark. They will get into your car if there is anything edible in there. Same goes for the campsite, use a sealed container as they will chew through bags etc. even when hung.

Incredible views! Go to the top and you see a 360 degree view of absolute beauty. Hike up is all switchbacks, making the elevation change smooth and gradual. Highly recommend!

5 days ago

Doesn't get much easier than this one. Trail is in great shape, paved parking lot. Wednesday morning stroll, and it was surprisingly not busy. Beautiful payoff with very little effort.

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

I absolutely LOVED this hike and would consider it one of the most beautiful I've been on! It's definitely challenging but well worth the effort! We did this about a week ago and the only complaint I have are in regard to all of the bugs... so definitely bring bug spray (and plenty of water)!!!

Great hike, trail in good condition. Good for all skill levels, kid and dog friendly. The river is lower then usual due to our dry summer. Lots of artifacts to enjoy in Monte Cristo, flowers blooming. The mileage is misleading. This hike is 9.5 miles from start to finish NOT 8.1 miles like claimed on website.

Very nice trail with a few river crossings and spectacular views of the glacier. We went past the spot where most people had lunch and than turned around. It becomes a little tricky because of the steepness and all the loose rock. We made it to a boulder on top of a point. The views were stunning.