hiking
rocky
15 days ago

Camped out for a night. The trail was easy but there are a few creek streams you have to cross so be prepared to get your feet wet or walk across the log and rocks. There was a cute camp spot with a fire pit and a couple logs to sit on. Lots of moose poop along the way. The weather was perfect! The river along the way is beautiful and a few water falls if you look up.

backpacking
blowdown
no shade
over grown
rocky
8 months ago

We hiked this trail to Spanish Creek, where we deposited a food cache for a later, longer hike. Andrews Creek trail was disappointing for several reasons. 1. VERY rocky in the lower half. Very tiring to walk. 2. No cover. Trees have not yet recovered from recent fires. The entire hike was under a hot sun, not through a mature forest as most maps show. 3. No views below the very top. Really. None. 4. Lots of underbrush. This is not a biggie, but contributed to the overall unpleasantness. Recommendation: Avoid this trail. Use one of the other nearby trails, such as Chewuch River, to access the Cathedral Lakes area. I have not seen that trail, but it has to be better.

hiking
bugs
no shade
9 months ago

This was our first hike in the northern Cascades and it didn't disappoint! But before I get into the trail details, a couple of thoughts on the road to the trailhead. As others have mentioned, the road is fairly high on the sketch meter but if you have a car with decent clearance and a driver that doesn't get the heebie-jeebies super easily you'll be fine. It's really more long than anything particularly on the way back when you're tired and just want to get back home or to your accommodations. It took us around an hour to travel the 10 miles to Harts Pass after you pass the Hart's Pass road sign at the bottom and about the same amount of time heading down. But IMO the hike is worth the drive! Once you get to Harts Pass (where there is a pit toilet), continue uphill another 1 to 1.5 miles to the first parking area you see just before a switchback.. It's not all the way up at the top where the lookout tower is! The hike itself reminded me at times of the Highline trail in Glacier NP just a bit less dramatic. From the very beginning all the way to Windy Pass you are treated to sweeping views of mountains and the thousands of wildflowers along the way were beautiful. The nicely cut dirt trail meanders along the sides of various mountains and you're often able to see the trail in front of you or on the horizon for a good long way. I always enjoy looking down over a ridge or across a valley to the other side and seeing the trail I'm on! There aren't many water features on this hike though we did pass a couple of small streams. The grade is very moderate with only a couple of brief, steeper sections. If you do all 11 miles however which involves heading up to the ridge past Windy Pass, it ends up being a solid workout despite the relatively small amount of vertical gain (1500 to 1800 ft or so). My girl and I are in pretty good shape and it took us 4.5 hours RT with some breaks and a 30 min lunch. Be prepared for the sun as it was quite hot on the way back and this is not a hike where you'll be saved by the trees for very long! All in all, we really enjoyed our hike to Windy Pass and would recommend it to anyone looking for a hike with moderate grades but decent mileage , expansive views, and wide open hiking in the Northern Cascades!

hiking
10 months ago

Easily one of the most beautiful hikes around, would do this hike over and over again.

snowshoeing
Sat Feb 09 2019

Rambled along the closed portion of Rte 20. Ran into a coupla snomobilers and five guys who’d skied down from somewhere. Otherwise had the place to ourselves. Pretty.

We took the Cathedral driveway to the Chewuch on to Tungsten and then to the Boundary Trail. As long as you cut off at the 4 point junction you'll be fine. The burn is a lot of downed trees and a lot of climbing. Oh, and bring a mosquito net. bugs were thick.

thru hiked the PCT 2016

hiking
Thu Oct 16 2014

This was day 1 of my several day jaunt on the PCT. The hike is amazing. The drive is a monster! My blog (link below) has lots of pictures and a story. One thing I didn't mention is the weird hut thing you come across on the trail. We didn't make it all the way to it to find out what it was, but I later found out it's a yurt used by a company that does heli-skiing. I think they should sell snacks to thru hikers. :) http://kellbell-whywouldanyonereadthis.blogspot.com/2014/10/my-six-day-hike.html

hiking
Fri Jul 12 2013

The views of surrounding peaks and valleys is pretty amazing. I recommend hiking along the PCT while you are up there or one of the other well marked trails.

hiking
Thu Jul 11 2013

Fairly easy hike along the PCT to just below Tamarack Peak. Enjoyed an amazing sunset. Great views of the North Cascades almost the entire section of the trail. Worth a quick side trip up to the Slate Peak lookout area (walk or drive up the road). I accessed the PCT at the first turn in the road below the Buckskin Ridge trailhead. The Harts Pass road has one short narrow section that is a little intimidating but once you get past that it is in great shape.

hiking
Wed May 01 2013

miles of easy ambling on the Cascade Crest, gentle ups and downs with constantly changing scenery...no, it doesn't get any better than this!!!

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hiking
Wed Aug 08 2018

on Windy Pass via the PCT

hiking
Sun Jul 15 2018