Explore the most popular no dogs 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
6 days ago

After crossing the bridge take the first left and the trail can be found behind the Diablo Volunteer Fire Dept. Building. The trail is washed out after a half a mile or so. But you can work your way around the washout to pick up the trail again. After that point the trail follows the river into the canyon a few hundred feet up. You'll cross three creeks and hike in about two to three miles then come to a sign reading "End of maintained trail". This trail doesn't see much usage and is a little overgrown at points. Moss completely covers the ground cover and trees making for a majestic hike. Solitude, moss and big trees can be found on the Stetattle.

hiking
2 months ago

Make no mistake, unlike many other hard-rated hikes on this website, this one is actually hard. An information board in one of the ranger centers rated it as extremely strenuous, and while I'm not sure about the "extreme" part, "strenuous" is definitely an apt description.
You start straight off with the hardest part - very steep switchbacks through a forest that feel almost endless and offer absolutely no views to take your mind off your misery. While you gain a lot of altitude in this section, on the map it looks like you are making no progress at all, which can feel somewhat discouraging. It was warm and really humid when we did the hike, which made the first part even worse.
Once you make it beyond the switchbacks, you finally get some views, which gradually open up until you have full 360 at the top. The final push again comes in the form of a few steep switchbacks but this time they are fairly short.
Mid-July, there was still a lot of snow at the top, so sturdy boots and hiking poles are a must.
During the whole hike, we only met 3 or 4 other people, so if you want some quiet time, this hike is definitely a good place. We saw some ground-squirrels and bear footprints but no other wildlife.
In sum, this is a great hike with stunning views at the top, definitely worth the effort.

hiking
7 months ago

Hiked this on Sunday, 15th. It was a gorgeous hike and like others have said, the larches were out in all their glory.

Trail was amazing. A black bear and plenty of Pikas were out on this cold and snowy day. There is about 6 inches (and growing) of snow up top near the forks to both Stehekin and Doubtful lake so I stopped there, if you want discontinue make sure your prepared for snow and weather changes. Was definitely worth it before the road closes! Get out and do it! only took me about 4.5 hrs.

WOW the glacier the surrounding mountains the hike the red bushes of blueberries in the fall everything is just amazing in this hike a must do

hiking
7 months ago

What a beautiful day for an adventure! My son (6 years old) and I arrived at the trail head around 10:30am and there were still a few spots in the parking lot. After gearing up, grabbing our dog, and signing in, we made our way up the trail. The first 2/3 are wooded with the remaining portion exposed. There were some parts of the trail that had compact snow and ice, and while they weren't impassable, some sort of traction would be helpful. The larches are out in full force so if you want to see them now is the time.

This hike is the same as Cascade Pass I believe since it includes Sahale Arm and Doubtful Lake. I'm repeating my review here: Beautiful hike! Not sure I would call it difficult but it was certainly steep with plenty of switchbacks. I think maybe the views helped distract me from the steep trail, but I don't recall being completely wiped out from it. Glaciers top all the mountains and you can see large chunks falling away, and hear the glacial runoff stream down the mountains. Very green the whole way with grassy meadows at the top and sections of beautiful red wildflowers. Stay on the trails here so as not to squash these delicate plants. Plenty of marmots and even some deer. I topped out above Doubtful Lake, taking in the panoramic view. Highly recommended hike for anyone who has hiked steep trails before! Bring plenty of water, food, and good hiking shoes.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful hike! Not sure I would call it difficult but it was certainly steep with plenty of switchbacks. I think maybe the views helped distract me from the steep trail, but I don't recall being completely wiped out from it. Glaciers top all the mountains and you can see large chunks falling away, and hear the glacial runoff stream down the mountains. Very green the whole way with grassy meadows at the top and sections of beautiful red wildflowers. Stay on the trails here so as not to squash these delicate plants. Plenty of marmots and even some deer. I topped out above Doubtful Lake, taking in the panoramic view. Highly recommended hike for anyone who has hiked steep trails before! Bring plenty of water, food, and good hiking shoes.

Beautiful lake, fall colors, trail was in great shape. Snowed very lightly up at the lake. I'd rate it easy.

super steep nice view at the top but it's a climb.

hiking
8 months ago

Incredible. Sunny and blue skies after a light snow fall. Only made it to the glacier as the trail becomes hard to find due to snow (and ranger suggested possibly needing a pickaxe), but the views are unparalleled the entire way up. The road to the trailhead is slow with lots of washboards and some big potholes, but doable. Start early to get up before the fog rolls in.

hiking
8 months ago

This hike gets five stars for the easy access it provides to an up close and personal view of Mt Baker. This is an awesome hike and I think the closest you can get to the summit of M t Baker on a known trail. As long as you have your ten essentials you can hike right up to the glacier as the trail ends due to the glacier. No special equipment needed. Glaciers are typically blue as they are compressed ice where as snowfields are typically white. Do not walk on snow on top of a glacier or you could fall to your death into a crevasse. In fact there are often groups practicing crevasse rescue in this area.

The Railroad Grade section has you mostly on top of a ridge line with marmots cheering you on as you climb up and up gradually. If you have a fear of ledges or heights this might not be a great hike, although I think there are some trails to the side that parallel the high trail for the camp sites.

Eventually the worn trail ends and you have to use your skills, the wear patterns on the rocks and the evidence of any trail markers others have made to get to the top. Just set your sites on hump at a time and you will eventually reach the end of the road. Baker was nice enough to come out of the clouds long enough to make the hike just a little better.

hiking
8 months ago

We did this trail on a clear, sunny day with moderate temps. After hiking the 36 switchbacks to the pass we continued up the Sahale arm until we could see Doubtful Lake and the glacier above it. We heard from other hikers that a black bear eating berries was visible below the trail but we did not see it. There was a mountain goat and her kid roaming around the pass. The views are spectacular and I couldn't stop myself from taking lots and lots of photos. This was a 'bucket list' hike. 9/14/17

Thursday 9-14-2017: My friend, wife and I hiked to Cascade Pass and Sahale Arm. The weather was sunny and the temperature was pleasant 52 to 75 degrees. The mountains, glaciers, and the lake were beautiful. There were abundant ripe blueberries around Cascade Pass. We also saw chipmunks, squirrels, pikas, a deer, a mother and a baby goat. It was a great hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Thursday 9-14-2017: My friend, wife and I hiked to Cascade Pass and Sahale Arm. The weather was sunny and the temperature was pleasant 52 to 75 degrees. The mountains, glaciers, and the lake were beautiful. There were abundant ripe blueberries around Cascade Pass. We also saw chipmunks, squirrels, pikas, a deer, a mother and a baby goat. It was a great hike.

hiking
8 months ago

This is one of the most beautiful hikes I have ever done! The views at the top are absolutely breathtaking. I would recommend starting as early as possible so you have time to enjoy the views at the top before heading back down. Bring lots of water. It is a very difficult hike with endless switchbacks. I did it in early September, the weather was perfect and there were still wildflowers. The trail was not crowded at all. Highly recommend!

VIEWS! This day hike exceeded expectations. Plenty of water along the trail this day in early Sept. Saw a mountain goat, marmots, and pika, etc. A lot of full sun exposure, so come prepared for that. Stopped at Sahale, did not feel comfortable crossing to go to Quinn Sabe.

hiking
8 months ago

Was an amazing hike! Started at 10am and finished right at 1pm. Also took a dip in the lake, quiet chilly but totally worth it!

on Cascade Pass Trail

8 months ago

Stunning.

What a great hike! Close glacier and crevasses views just awesome!

hiking
8 months ago

Not too difficult of a hike with a beautiful lake at the top. Took about 45-50 min to get to top, less on the way down. Take your time at the top relaxing and swimming in the lake.

Once you get out of the switchbacks in the trees, the views are unbelievable. We carried on to Doubtful lake, then turned around. We also managed to see a bear sleeping on a glacier - can't blame him, it was hot!

Offered everything a great hiking trail should: steep ascent to the summit on a root, rock and loose soil trail.

STEEP from the get-go with switch backs to the 2.5 mile mark at which point the trail straightens out a bit and the grade eases slightly to Sourdough Camp. After crossing the dry creek at the camp, the switchbacks return for the second climb to the summit.

Great views at the top!!

Jorayne S. set a great pace that put us at the finish line in 3.5 hrs and 2.7 hrs to descend.

One of the best trails I've done at any park. It was smoky from the BC wildfires which really obscured the long distance views of the range, but what I could still see was spectacular. Doubtful Lake was beautiful. We saw plenty of wildlife including mountain goats, many chill marmots, grouse, and an extremely close encounter with a black bear a few minutes past the "toilet" stop going up. Adrenaline rush! One downside, and I cannot emphasize this enough, were never-ending swarms of biting flies and horseflies. You will be endlessly harassed by the biting flies the first 3 miles of switchbacks through the forest but they will get better after the toilet overlook. From there though, it's persistent horseflies. The flies were too much for many groups we saw on the trail who ended up turning back. I've you can deal with them though, this trail is so worth it!

C'est vraiment une randonnée longue et difficile. 4h de montée et 2h30 de descente. Mais la faune et le panorama valent l'effort ! Vu 4 biches dont une qui était à 2 mètres de moi. Et surtout vu un ours noir au sommet, il était très proche à 20 mètres. Il mangeait des fruits. Et ce paysage... incroyable randonnée.

Really, an amazingly beautiful hike. Starting with a lot of switchbacks (36?) on a nice trail, and eventually turning into a rocky climb. The view over doubtful lake is amazing, with its crystal blue water. I would say that the view from the top is worth the effort, and you'll get some nice cool breeze off the glaciers. We saw a bunch of Marmots and Pika. It took up about 3 hours to get to the top, including a stop for lunch. Parking was pretty packed when we arrived at 11, but we were still able to find a spot alone the road without much issue.

Did the whole thing up to the glacier and didn't think the views were worth that extra steep climb. Coming down I would have much rather just gone to Doubtful Lake and then headed back. The trail up until the pass was fantastic.

hiking
9 months ago

Firstly, there are NO signs marking the trailhead. It's off a cul-de-sac in a "neighborhood" at the Seattle City Light generation complex. The directions from the app take you right to it though. You just have to walk into the trees, along the river to find it. It's about 200 yards from the Sourdough trailhead which is well marked.

Sadly, the trail is washed out less than half a mile in. The river and area are great but you can't go far.

Stunningly beautiful!

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