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Best trails in North Cascades National Park

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Looking for a great trail in North Cascades National Park, Washington? AllTrails has 20 great hiking trails, views trails, wild flowers trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 13 hard trails in North Cascades National Park ranging from 6.5 to 35.1 miles and from 895 to 9,101 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
North Cascades National Park is a rugged, wilderness of conifer trees. The park features hiking trails along tree covered mountains that seem to stretch on forever, alpine meadows, impressive glaciers, the Skagit River, and stunning views of alpine lakes like Lake Ann or Diablo Lake. Scenic drives along the North Cascades Highway, boating on Ross Lake, climbing at Cascade Pass, Mount Shuksan, Mount Triumph, and Eldorado Peak, visiting the Stehekin Valley at the northern tip of Lake Chelan, and access to viewing wildlife such as grizzly bears, beaver, gray wolves, and over than 200 bird species are just some of your options. The park is free and open 24 hours a day, all year. Please note that avalanches typically cause closure of North Cascades Highway (State Route 20) in winter - between late November and mid-December; reopening is usually early May. The road is closed at the Ross Dam trailhead, milepost 134, east to the Early Winters Information Center, milepost 178. Trails east of the closure are inaccessible but the majority of the park can be reached if road conditions permit.
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Map of trails in North Cascades National Park
Top trails (20)
#1 - Blue Lake Trail
North Cascades National Park
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 47 m
A moderately easy and extremely beautiful hike through sub-alpine forest to a iridescent blue lake with water as clear as gin. Sit and watch the native cutthroat trout feed as you sit atop one of manyShow more
#2 - Cascade Pass and Sahale Arm Trail
North Cascades National Park
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Length: 10.9 mi • Est. 7 h
NOTE: As of May the road leading up to the trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please beware you may need to park 5 miles prior to the trailhead and hike on a closed road. Show more
#3 - Cascade Pass Trail
North Cascades National Park
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 3 h 49 m
Cascade Pass Trail is a 6.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Rockport, Washington that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used fShow more
#4 - Cascade Pass Trail to Cottonwood Camp
North Cascades National Park
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Length: 15.9 mi • Est. 9 h 34 m
Cascade Pass Trail to Cottonwood Camp is a 15.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Marblemount, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a nuShow more
#5 - Sahale Arm Trail to Quien Sabe Glacier
North Cascades National Park
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Length: 12.4 mi • Est. 8 h 40 m
Sahale Arm Trail to Quien Sabe Glacier is a 12.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Marblemount, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The traShow more
#6 - Ruby Mountain Summit via Fourth of July and Thunder Creek Trail
North Cascades National Park
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Length: 14.5 mi • Est. 10 h 10 m
Ruby Mountain Summit via Fourth of July and Thunder Creek Trail is a 14.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Rockport, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Show more
#7 - Fourth of July Pass via Panther Creek Trail
North Cascades National Park
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 5 h 26 m
Fourth of July Pass via Panther Creek Trail is a 9.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Marblemount, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a nShow more
#8 - Gorge Creek Falls Trail
North Cascades National Park
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 14 m
Gorge Creek Falls Trail is a 0.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Rockport, Washington that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hikingShow more
#9 - Mount Shuksan via the Fischer Chimneys Approach
North Cascades National Park
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Length: 15.7 mi • Est. 10 h 38 m
This is a serious climb. It should only be attempted by experienced mountaineers with knowledge of glacier travel, crevasses rescue, steep snow/ice terrain, rock scrambling, route-finding, etc. With tShow more
#10 - Sourdough Mountain Trail [CLOSED]
North Cascades National Park
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Length: 9.1 mi • Est. 7 h 7 m
Sourdough Mountain Trail is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Marblemount, Washington that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiShow more
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