Cascade Pass Trail is a 6.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Rockport, Washington that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until September.

Length6.5 miElevation gain1,781 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Bruce Laible
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MONIKUNTALA Saikia
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Shauna Corbet
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I did this trail in the end of September.. it was very beautiful, but we did not pick the best day to hike this trail. It was very rainy and snowing a lot at the top. It is a fairly easy hike.. we started at around 2pm and we’re done by 5/5:30! Definitely dress warm if you plan to do it after September. It seems like the prime time to go is August

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lisa chapman
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Nick Kendell
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Saw that the weather looked to be okay on Thursday with forecast projected for the weekend so convinced my buddy to take a day off of work and drive 2.5 hours north to get a chance at this trail before it's completely snow covered for the winter/spring. The forest road up to cascade pass trail was not too bad, but rather long. One does not need a high clearance vehicle to make it up (I made it in my 2003 Camry) but it couldn't hurt given how many potholes there were. Seeing the offshoot to hidden lake trail gave me a small anxiety attack not knowing if the road would look similar up ahead. Just pay attention to the road and you should be fine. Might be a big harder though in the pitch black dark before sunrise or after sunset. Unfortunately the snow seemed to have beat us as much of the trail was covered in the white stuff. The switchbacks to start the trail do become a bit monotonous but with trickling streams to cross and an incredible ridge (with snow covered peaks) through the forest, it's hard to complain at all. The switchbacks weren't all bad but once to the first ridge approaching the pass we had to put on our spikes and were very thankful for our trekking poles. The ridge towards the pass was covered in snow that would occasionally have us sink in to our knees with some snow rolling down the hill at a sharp angle. We were the first ones to cross that morning so no path yet but made it across slowly (very slowly...). We ran across some folks not prepared for as much snow as we were and they turned back. Making it up to the pass was gorgeous. We swept out a few (ice cold!) rocks to sit on and enjoyed some food on what was to be one of the last 'clear-ish' days on the forecast. We had hoped to continue on to sahale arm but the trail marker was so covered in snow (all we could see was the 'SA' of Sahale arm, the rest was buried. We followed what we thought was the path but after losing any obvious trail with every step sinking in to groin deep level snow, decided to turn back and live another day. With a GPS and snowshoes it might have been possible, but that was not in store for us yesterday. Without snowshoes and a great GPS (really need to get a garmin) we decided that was enough for us rather than getting lost in backcountry or subjecting ourselves to avalanche. A tad disappointed to not continue on to sahale arm but the views of the ridge through the forest were gorgeous as were the views of the valley on both sides of the pass. 100% coming back in the Summer to continue on and see just how different the trail looks in comparison to the heavy snow we came across on Thursday.

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Philip Goldkamp
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Tyler Determan
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Amie Hard
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What a view!

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Sjerstin Meyer
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Breathtaking, incredible trail. Backpacked yesterday to the Pelton Basin for the night. Highly recommend the camp there - we had the whole place to ourselves and soaked up some of the prettiest views I've ever seen. There is also a nearby water source and a bear locker there, which was a pleasant surprise. The fall colors are epic!

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Kayetan Wozniak
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Sunny Binjola
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B Kelly
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Mav L
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10/03 Nice hike but BE AWARE OF THE POTHOLES AND BUMPY ROAD! I drive a VW Golf and its bottom got scratched badly by the bumpy road during the final half mile unpaved road near trailhead, and the oil pan was entirely messed up. Ended up leaving car there and waiting for emergency assistance. Thank god some super nice hikers provided us extra water and food, helped call insurance when they got to the town, and even a nice young man and woman from Bellingham gave us a ride to the nearest town so we didn’t have to get stuck in the mountains. Drive a high clearance car when possible. Take care everyone!

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Novi Boruff
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Amazing views !!

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Brian S
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Beautiful views on top. Great trail for running down. One of the most crowded I've ever been on. I continued to Doubtful Lake - do not recommend

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PRA IV
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one of the best hike I did in Falls.

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Hemali Bhashyam
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Went 10/3 on a clear sunny day. Wow. What a beautiful hike! First 2.5 miles are switch backs in the forest with glimpses of the mountains. Then it opens up in all its glory. Such beautiful fall colors right now. Lots of people on the trial, parking lot full and cars lined up for over half a mile down the road, but it was worth it. We saw a marmot and a black bear. If you go past the cascade pass viewpoint about another 30 minutes, up the steep switchbacks to the other side you can see the lake and a whole other view. That’s also where we saw the black bear foraging for berries. Actual round trip to cascade pass view point is close to 7.4 miles round trip. If you keep going up, add another mile or so each way. Loved this hike!

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Derek Norwood
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Trushank Dand
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Kris Hoban
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Absolutely beautiful views! we went on a Saturday and was really busy so had to park a ways down the road from the trailhead.

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Cody Dykstra
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Jonathan Paul
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Great hike but particularly overcast today. Some views but clouds and fog cover just didn’t break. Only went to the lake, but terrific views along with a mother and baby bear swimming in the lake! Flowers and colors more than made up for the clouds though.

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Kate Davis
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Insane views!! The first few miles are switchbacks up and in the woods but they are relatively gradual. Afterwards, the views really open up and make for a spectacular hike!! We only planned to go the first bit but we’re loving it so much we went all the way to the desolation lake overlook. Highly recommend for all experience levels! Went towards the end of September and there was a good amount of snow near the desolation lake overlook.

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Bethanie Fritz
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10/10 hike! All the reviews are accurate and it's certainly a must experience for yourself view at the top. The road to the TH is well-maintained and there's plenty of parking and decent toilets.

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Kate W
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Drive to trailhead was pretty decent. About 10ish miles of dirt road but, except for a few potholes, the road was quite smooth. Bathrooms at trailhead stocked with TP and purell! Really beautiful hike. The scenery from the parking lot alone was amazing. Switchbacks were pretty smooth. Fall colors were out. Weather was a little erratic but it made for more dramatic views. Busy trail but not bad. Hiked with my 7 and 10 year old. They had no problems. Wanted to continue on to sahale but we started too late in the day. Next time for sure. :)

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