Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails in North Cascades National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 month ago

Attempted 7/2 around noon. Giving this a 5, despite having to turn back due to trail conditions. The trail got pretty difficult to follow towards the peak due to snow, and my GPS stopped working halfway up. There were lots of footprints veering off in different directions that I felt iffy about following. The snow was also very unstable and soft. Still, this hike is beautiful and definitely one I’ll be returning to. There were forest service crews working on clearing the parking lot when I exited the trail. The didn’t seem too thrilled about the cars parked along the road leading up to the parking lot, but also didn’t explicitly say that it was an issue.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked on 7/1 ...Amazing hike .. still some snow at the initial part .. and at the top as well. Had to search for the trail track when you reach towards the peak . The hike is at the higher side of moderate .. with constant elevation gain .. but the views from the top of rainy lake and lake Ann are amazing and worth the hike .. hardly saw people though we started late at 2 pm and took our time reaching the top .. could not complete the whole loop due to snow on the peak and seemed unsafe (looks like you can do whole loop starting July when snow melts) .

*** Hey Tray Edwards- the author of the WTA report from 6/24/18 might have your micros...

Backpacked to 4th of July Pass via Thunder Creek trail. Very clean and scenic trail.

Hiked in mid-June. Snow in parking lot, but was able to park close to the south trailhead. Mild snow for the first 0.5 miles until you reach the fork. Take a right towards Maple Pass (signs are well marked at the fork). Snow free trail for the next mile, then there was deep snow for the remainder of the trek. Highly recommend trekking poles and crampons/micro spikes with gaiters. We bushwhacked our way up the ridge, as you can see the trail only intermittently. Some route finding needed. We were able to hike 3+ miles in, just prior to turning north and looping back. There is still heavy snow that completely covered the trail and we couldn't safely continue across the exposed 50+ degree mountain side. Still made for an excellent hike, and you're rewarded with some of the best views of the Cascades once you reach alpine. Note- We saw the biggest marmot we've ever seen near the pass. Even as an in-and-out (without being able to complete the loop due to snow conditions) this trail is exceptional!

hiking
1 month ago

The parking lot still has some snow but I didn’t find it difficult to park along the entrance. I started my hike around 2pm (a little late if you plan on doing the full loop, as the snow is loose). I ended up going to the right (counter clockwise) which I wish I hadn’t due to the terrain. I reached the lake easily and decided to climb down to check it out. Im sure there’s a trail somewhere but I just crawled down the boulders (unadvertised). Once you get past the lake the snow begins and the trail is essentially gone. I put on my micro spikes and had my axe available due to the steepness of the slope. I followed some old tracks until I crested the top of the lake and the human tracks disappeared and there were some rather large bear tracks (hopefully no correlation haha) . I spent about 30 minuets enjoy the incredible views and decided to continue the loop, following the ridge line as my handrail. Once I got to the other side of the lake there were some steep cliff faces and technical traverses down. I lost the trail more times than I felt comfortable with but ended up back on track soon enough. For a good 75% of the way down the trail was covered in snow so be cautious. I finished the loop around 6ish and still had plenty of daylight. If you plan on doing the full loop be careful and bring the right equipment.

I drove up late Saturday night to catch the sunrise at the peak. The unimproved road leading to the trailhead is a little washed out and may be an issue for low clearance cars. Although I did see a Prius parked up there. I started the hike around 230am and didn’t have any issues with staying on the trail under darkness, it’s pretty established and no snow until about 2 miles up. You’ll cross a few creeks along the way but nothing too drastic. Once I hit the snow I put on my micro spikes ad had my ice axe available due to the incline of the trail & hard snow. I found it difficult to follow the trail (others tracks) and veered off course a few times and ended up cutting up to the peak earlier than I should have but it was a great view when the sun started coming up. I made it to the center lookout point by 0500ish and watched the sunrise. There were a few campers still in their tents there. The lake is still iced over but it was still a perfect view. After hiking around to the lookouts I began my decent around 0600. The snow was already starting to loosen up and I ended up losing a micro spike along the way. On the way down I was able to enjoy the views I missed coming up in the dark, with beautiful wildflowers and waterfalls. It was a great hike & id love to stay at the lookout overnight next time. Definitely don’t underestimate this hikes difficulty, especially in the dark.

one of the best in the cascades, especially in the fall. Fantastic color. not, however, an easy hike.

backpacking
1 month ago

I backpacked to Junction it was great

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely stunning trail, did this solo in a few hours last summer. The lake itself is beautiful and would be a great standalone, but then you start climbing and end up with unbeatable 360 views. I've hiked all over the country and this is simply one of the best day hikes.

5/26/18 Road impassable by snow 1.9 miles from trailhead. I will be back later in the summee

Great hike! Still a lot of snow. Can almost park at the trail head as of 5/12/18

hiking
4 months ago

Visited last summer and the views were UNREAL. We did the loop in a clockwise direction, heading left at the trailhead; if you hike this way, then all of the elevation gain is done in the first mile or so and there are views the rest of the hike as well as a downward slope the rest of the 6 or so miles. Conversely, if you hike the loop counterclockwise, there will be a lot more uphill hiking as the elevation gain is spread out over the miles.

hiking
5 months ago

A fairly easy hike with gorgeous views of mountains and lakes. Mid-July, there was still plenty of snow in the upper parts, so hiking poles and good boots come highly recommended. We hiked it in the counter-clockwise direction and we thought the last steep descent was quite hard on the knees but nothing unbearable. If you prefer a less steep descent, go clockwise though.
All in all, a really nice hike with quite a few people on the trail.

This must be one of my favorite, if not "the" favorite hike - it has really just about everything: an adventurous drive to the trail-head (more on that later), a forest to start your hike in, a lush mountain meadow, plenty of snow-fields (mid July) all the way to a rock-scrambling part to the lookout at the end. And the views, oh my, the views. Going up, they are beautiful already but once you make it to the ridge that will get you to the lookout, you're in for a real treat. I just wish we had known that it was possible to stay overnight in the lookout - sunset and sunrise must be absolutely stunning from there.
The hike itself is not easy and the last part would be tough for people with vertigo but otherwise we didn't think it was too difficult. It's easily manageable in an afternoon even if you take plenty of time to soak in the views at the top. We saw a bear and a pica rabbit too.
Oh, and I almost forgot, the drive. I saw cars parked at the trail-head that had pretty low clearance, so it must be possible to get there in just about anything but I was really happy that we took a rental 4WD SUV. The forest road is quite steep in places and littered with potholes large enough to break your axle in, so having a higher clearance vehicle comes in handy.
Overall, if there is just one hike you are going to do in this part of the park, make it this one!

backpacking
6 months ago

Gorgeous spot to camp. Bring warm clothes.

hiking
6 months ago

Incredible. Most beautiful hike I’ve ever been on in the US so far.

hiking
7 months ago

great easy hike and you can pick your distance. I was sick and recovering from an ear infection (drove into concrete for medical) and didn't have the energy to do much. just a few miles out n back in tennis shoes...very easy and pretty. apparently someone started a forest fire at one of the camps so it was closed earlier in the week. anyone can do this walk.

hiking
7 months ago

bad knees(like me)? -> walk it clockwise...and use poles.
great knees? -> walk it, run it, etc; direction irrelevant.
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I grew up taking my family vacations out in this area. my parents would take my brother and I to lake ann every year. We would go fishing and visit with campers and swim, etc. I have many fond memories of this place. I especially remember how I could hear grown ups up on the ridge talking as they went on an "adult hike." this year, my husband and I spent a week out in the cascades and I was so excited to not only share my memories with him but to walk maple pass. as we were walking to the trailhead, a hornet decided to sting me (jerk) and it hurt like hell. I was also recovering from an ear infection and head cold from 3 days earlier. I would not be deterred...onward in a clockwise fashion we went. at 38 I have horrible knees (sx on my right and broke my "good" knee, the left one, 2 years ago). I am glad we got the steep stuff out of the way going up. if not for saving my knees, but for the insane indescribable monumental breathtaking views. the most steep parts were in the treeline. once you've cleared that, put on your hat and sunscreen (we hiked on September 1st) and stay hydrated. We ate some of the best huckleberries walking the last 4 switchbacks to the top. We had a great lunch and marvelled at the panoramic beauty. after a 30 min lunch we headed down and around lake ann not before getting a peekaboo view of Lewis lake. the descent going clockwise was so nice and kept the swelling and pain to barely noticeable. We made great time on both the ascent and descent. lake ann has changed since I was a kid. it's grown in around most of it and there no camping allowed. my only (minor) gripe is to the public at large: read all trails or wta or the parks info on a trail before going on a hike so you know what your getting into. We passed quite a few people in flat soled tennis shoes, no hats and minimal water and quite a few asked us how much longer to the top (green trails are GREAT maps sold at REI...when the last lady we saw whined at me asking how much further, I pulled out my map to show her location and she was stunned saying, oh my, you have a map and everything wow). Being ill prepared and complaining about it isn't fun, for anyone.

Most beautiful hike I've done yet.

Hidden lake lookout. Attempt number 3. Success.
It was king of challenge for me, I tried to get to the lookout two times before (May and November), two times in snow, two fails.
The initial plan for today was relax and enjoy snowshoe around Artis Point, but yesterday evening when I was checking reports I found on alltrails.com that somebody put 5 stars for Hidden Lake trail 5 days ago, it was enough for me to change my plans and try Hidden Lake again. Despite great weather I was not sure if I can make it, I still remember how much snow and avalanches was in May, but I decided give it a shot.

Came to trail around 10:30, actually I didn't get to trailhead even on AWD and parked mile or so before TH, 6 or 7 cars already were there. I reached TH in 40 mins and tired, it was difficult to go by snow, decided put on snowshoe after forest part. Forest part was easier, since less snow there, you can do in hiking boots, but gaiters recommended. Met two people going back, they done forest part of the trail and turned back.

Once I reached basin area I starded to follow by ski track, it was not easy, but doable in snowshoe which is a must at this part. I folowed ski track by right side from the stream, when actuall trail goes by left side. There are few avalances already came down, snow looks stable and solid, but anyway pay attention. Clibmed up to second avalanch, which came from the top and turned left to actual trail. Then did couple switchbacks and crossed this avalanch again toward to travers part of the trail. Despite hard and stable snow it was little bit scary to walk by avalnches, but I decided to go, maybe not too smart.

Travers part was very nice and much easier! View was gorgeous, clear views of peaks around, mt Baker, sun, snowshoe. Btw there are some steep slopes on this part as well, I even used iceaxe to go throug it, but as I said I followed by ski track, maybe it possible to find less steep route.

Once I reached end of the travers part I saw many snowshoe footprints at this point I realized that it should be some winter route. Definitely! I've seen many cars but met only two people, and ski track I followed by was few days long.

From this point there are few snowshoe trackы - first is regular trail, second goes to hidden lake peaks. I climbed up by second one, but at this point I did't know that it goes to the peaks, i realized it lated once I got closer. I didn't get to the peak, because it was already 2:30 pm and I had not so much time. I turned right towards to the lookuout, getting closer I've seen some people doing travers by peak to the lookout. In some report guys called this part "do it or die", kind of true :)

So, I reached lake viewpoint, then I took one of the snowshoe track up, travers part to the lookout is very steep, if you will go there you need to be very careful. I put of basket from my right pole and used it as iceaxe, before doing next step I put it deep in snow.

Finally I reached lookout, there were five people and two dogs, they came for overnight. They told me about winter route, it is shorter and much steeper. But! it much safer from avalanch standpoint since it goes through forest and there less snow now. So, if you go tomorrow or before next snowfall you can go by regular route, after snowfal basin area will be risky, but you can try winter route. But as I said it is very very steep espesially at the beginning (from road to lookout)

I took some food and photos and went down by regular route. Yeah, views were just awesome!

On my way back I met three people going up, they came by regular route as me. So, I tool winter route back, first half was easy, since I went down, moderate level of snow, good snowshoe track. Second part was more tough, slopes were much steeper, lots of fallen trees, I lost track little bit, because snow disappeared and I just followed direction to the road. Finally I reache the road, walked down to my car and went home.

Finally I can cross Hidden Lake Lookout trail in my list as completed.

Lots of snow up there. I got to the lake viewpoint but not to the lookout, since I was first on the trail and spent lots of time for trail finding and overall visibility was awful. Poles, gaiters is a must. Snowshoe, spikes might be helpful. Find my report on wta

Northern Cascades at its finest.

Amazing hike! Absolutely beautiful views; definite bucket list worthy. Just be very careful on your way down as there’s no clear trail markings.

My favorite hike in the lower 48!

backpacking
9 months ago

I absolutely loved this hike! We got up to the lookout early so we could secure our spot, but I would have loved to camp out by the lake as well. The lookout is the most maintained and well kept lookout I've been to! I will definitely be doing this hike again.

Views are stunning! It was great but you need spikes and poles, gets slippery on the way down.
We did counter clockwise, should have done another way around.

Did the hike on 10/15. Road is snow free, doable by any car, but long-base and low clearance car might scratch the bottom and bumpers in one place.
First half of the way up is muddy and snow free, but second part is wet snow and it is slippery.
Views are gorgeous and definitely worth visiting.

9 months ago

By far my favorite hike I've done. Beautiful views, I began to the right of the loop, my poles definitely came in handy on the way down. Happy hiking!

hiking
9 months ago

Hiked this trail with our yellow lab and had a great time. We got to the trailhead around 11:30 am and went clockwise (wanted to avoid a slippery, steep descent)—the trip was exactly four hours roundtrip, with lots of stops along the way. Wear plenty of layers, and come prepared for the snow. We had our yak tracks on and it saved us from a ton of tumbles.

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