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 9,120 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.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

22 degrees when arrived at trailhead. A couple feet of snow on the ground but trail had been well used and easy to follow. took us 1.5 hrs to reach the lake. It was completely snow covered and serene. We were the only ones there for a while. This one is a high level easy not really moderate even in snow. KEEP HIKING!

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icy
snow
2 months ago

The road to the trailhead is clear of snow (as of 11/13). I'd rate the trail as easy. It was mostly covered in snow/ice and I recommend using micro-spikes (and by the lake, there's deep snow). You'll get alpine wonderland sights of mountains, a frozen lake covered in snow, and you'll be glad you did this :) Will definitely come back in the Summer! Absolutely stunning!

hiking
icy
snow
2 months ago

Easy hike but for the ice. Shoes with traction recommended. So fun to see ice skaters at the frozen lake!

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muddy
snow
2 months ago

Trail was easily accessible. So glad we brought spikes as there was ice and snow. The lake was frozen and snow on the trail. Amazing views!!!!

Gate closed. Unless you want to walk 3 miles to the trail head to start your hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Hands down one of the most gorgeous hikes I’ve been on.

hiking
over grown
2 months ago

Lookout is closed and a good amount of snow the last half mile.

hiking
icy
snow
2 months ago

Great trail especially if you’ve only got a limited time. I did this hike on Monday morning and I’d say 90% of the trail is icy/snow covered. Don’t let that keep you away though; I did the hike with no spikes or poles and made it to the lake within 45 minutes (including stopping for photos). Get there early and beat the crowd. Side note: the lake was iced over except for a few corners.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Beautiful day October 27th 2019. Ice, snow and cold. Nice hike with gorgeous snowy mountains and golden larches.

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muddy
snow
3 months ago

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muddy
snow
3 months ago

Started around 10:45am and finished around 1pm. Overall good hike— well worth the lake views! Ice and snow at top—microspikes would help, although I did the hike without. Muddy start!

hiking
snow
3 months ago

Much of the snow mentioned in the previous review had melted off so we were over prepared with gaiters and spikes. Easily runnable on the way down provided you don’t have slippery conditions so this shaves time off the hike - can do at a 6-7 hour round trip time without being hurried. Beautiful fall colours in the forest and a dusting of snow in the alpine - ideal!

hiking
muddy
snow
3 months ago

I started this trail around 3pm on Saturday Oct 12, 1019 and the parking lot was about half full. The weather was about 50 degrees so cold enough to need some light jackets but not too cold that you need a winter jacket given you’ll be getting a decent workout. The trail was a little muddy and slightly snowy at top but nothing you’d need spikes for (unless it snows, always check the weather report). The views at the lookout are amazing!! If you go a little further down the “Lake” view (there are signs) you can get a better panoramic of the entire lake and mountains with all the larches.

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muddy
snow
3 months ago

hiking
snow
3 months ago

Oct 10. Did true summit of Sourdough today, you continue up the ridge past the lookout and up and over the first bump with the cairn and summit register. The true summit is the next bump. First section of forest pretty dry, then snow starts. Nothing major. We broke trail and post-holed a bunch past lookout but didn’t warrant bringing snowshoes yet as it’s a short hike. 3.5 hours car to true summit at steady, non-rushing pace. Views of lake are beautiful. It’s not as steep as I thought it would be judging by comments. Checked out lookout on our way down, still closed

This was the most excruciating, demanding yet most rewarding and amazing trails that I have ever done... the first half of the trail was pretty smooth and easily doable till the cascade pass lookout... further out on the way to sahalie arm glacier, it started to be pretty steep and rocky which made it quite difficult a climb without poles... hence poles are highly recommended!!!! It was one of the amazing and wonderful views that I have ever seen and experienced which takes your breath away!!

hiking
snow
3 months ago

Beautiful hike. You may need snow tracks or spikes as there is a fair amount of snow on the trail. The lake is spectacular.

hiking
muddy
snow
3 months ago

This is a beautiful hike in north cascades area! The drive to trailhead itself is so beautiful. This dog friendly hike is a great fir beginners. You may need spikes as snow had accumulated on most of the trail. Now coming to the highlight of this hike - Larches!!! Larch season has sprung and this trail has abundance of beautiful vistas with the golden tree!! Finally at the lake, the blue color is beautiful and totally worth going through the low temperatures! Overall this hike took us 3.5 hours RT. We spent a lot of time taking pictures. Restroom is decent- get your sanitizer.

hiking
muddy
snow
3 months ago

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