Looking for a great trail in North Cascades National Park, Washington? AllTrails has 19 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 12 hard trails in North Cascades National Park ranging from 6.5 to 35.1 miles and from 895 to 9,120 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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North Cascades National Park in northern Washington State includes two units- the Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas. 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.

Informative signs on an easy stroll through the woods.

Like an ending to a bad date; quick, easy, nothing spectacular, and icy/snowy.

Completed may 2018! Beautiful views

Amazing trail!!

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked 11/17 wonderful relatively easy hike with big payoff views. Many hikers were not prepared with traction. mini/micro spikes were needed as most of the trail was iced over. trail head easy off hwy. vault toilet.

absolutely amazing hike, especially beautiful in the fall.

hiking
4 months ago

Completed 11/10 - although snow was on trail from the beginning, it was still very well maintained the whole way! Wore hiking boots and runners and both were fine but traction would have been great.
Frozen, snowy lake, no larch color left, but was beautiful blue bird day! Will return, but preferably larch season.

hiking
4 months ago

Yeah yes! I did this trail is incredible it’s very hard I feel proud of my health, on the top it was a big snow you must need snow shose, , the view is amazing, Good Luck for everyone!!!

hiking
4 months ago

Was there yesterday 10/21. Not as crowded nor as amazing as it was billed to be. We were disappointed by the color. I guess we missed it. No snow or ice. A little mud. No need for traction 10/21. It was a beautiful day.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful hike!! So many colors out right now! It’s cold once you get to the lake so be prepared!

hiking
5 months ago

We hiked on 10/15. The fall color is so amazing, some space is icy. It’s a nice hiking.

My favorite hike!!!

The road is still being worked on, but is open now. Road is pretty rough in areas. The side of the road is soft, there was a car that actually slipped off while we were up there. Large parking lot! Trail is almost all switch backs. We spotted 2 bears, a few pikas, and tons of chipmunks. Once at the top, the temp dropped and it was freezing! Prepare for wind!
Fall colors were amazing!

5 months ago

I loved this trail! Beautiful around every curve.

good short hike with an easy trail. awesome spot at the top. had snow flurries for some larch hunting and did not disappoint!

hiking
5 months ago

One of my favorite fall hikes in the North Cascades. It does not disappoint.

hiking
5 months ago

A beautiful Fall hike. My friends and I came out here on Sunday 10/6. The trail is easy, and beautifully maintained. Great for those that are just getting into hiking. We brought traction with us and didn’t need it, but there were a few small spots that were icy. It did start snowing on us at the lake and never did let up till we were back at the parking lot. This is a very popular hike, get there early the lot fills up fast, cars were parked around the corner and down the road.

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked this for the first time and it was beautiful!! I'm so glad we went really early though. We counted 125 people as we came down. Too busy for my liking. The trail was getting a little slick in places. We will be going back though next year! Hiked it Oct 6.

My Wife and I hiked the Pass after a fresh snowfall last week . It felt like we we're drawn into a beautiful Christmas card . Fresh white snow clung to the branches of the pines , occasionally depositing the powder on our heads and surrounding forest. The switchbacks seem never ending but it moderates the steepness to make an easier accent .
As we got within a few hundred yards of the Pass strong easterlies had whited out the trail . The views down the valley and associated glaciers is awe inspiring, magic .
The drive to the trailhead is a beaut journey on it's own.

hiking
5 months ago

What a beautiful day for a hike! Clear skies and not too cold. Glad we brought microspikes-they we’re required for the last half mile to the lake. The views were incredible, so the trail was busy, but it was totally worth it to see the larches and beautiful Blue Lake.

Snow and ice. Bring traction.

5 months ago

I go every late September to see the color. Best fall colors in Washington

It is not lightly trafficked but for good reason as the scenery is top notch. Heavily trafficked. Moreover the most difficult aspect of this trail is the road leading to the trailhead.

5 months ago

Hiked on 9/22/18

Blue Lake is absolutely breathtaking! The trail is so nice and nicely maintained, the views are absolutely gorgeous, and the lake is crystal clear and pristine.

Absolutely perfect day hike and one of my new favorites!

*Need Forest Pass

9/9/18 Hiked up to the camp with no trail issues. Keep an eye on the weather report and everything else is clear to go.
Rough hike to do in one day. Very rewarding.
Easy to get to and well maintained.

I did it some weeks ago, camping at Fourth of July. First backcountry experience... and it was tough.
It was so smoky... that the views were not what I expected...

hiking
6 months ago

Nice hike, no bugs. Ran into 3 mountain goats on the trail :)

Incredible!! Everyone must do this one at least once!

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