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Cascade Pass Trail

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Cascade Pass Trail is a 6.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Rockport, Washington that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and bird watching and is best used from July until August.

Distance: 6.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,781 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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bird watching

forest

views

wildlife

muddy

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snow

no dogs

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muddy
snow
11 days ago

All switchbacks for the first several miles but does offer some amazing views.

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snow
11 days ago

Just finished this today (October 4th). Rain during the switchbacks turned to light, then medium snow halfway up. While the view was cloudy, the experience of hiking up through changing climates was sublime. Wet and cold weather gear was mandatory, and hiking poles definitely a good idea. There were quite a few slick spots and the trip down benefitted from extra support. We saw fresh bear tracks after the rock fall and headed back. It seems any manner of car can get up to the trail, but 4WD will certainly help.

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snow
17 days ago

We did this hike on a whim yesterday, 9/28. The cold weather brought a decent amount of snow the night before, and it was still coming down slightly throughout the hike. There was the occasional sunbreak, but mostly cloudy overall. The trail is surprisingly gentle for a mountain pass hike, this is one of the easier hikes I've done in the Cascades. We saw a black bear at the top, seems like they're very active right now. I definitely want to come back to this trail next season, when the surroundings are visible. Still, the snow was beautiful!

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rocky
26 days ago

It’s not out and back; it’s up and down! It’s not easy but the views are worth the effort. There’s a 25 mile drive on a rough road to get to the trailhead

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26 days ago

The switchbacks, although there are many of them, are designed to be long and gradual. There were a lot of soft spots and some mud in the switchback section. Beautiful views, especially in the pass. Lookout for pikas, marmots and hawks!

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1 month ago

Beautiful hike! Would do it again. My wife and I are flatlanders from the Midwest. This was our first hike in North Cascades NP. We're 65 and in good physical condition. We did the hike in about 5 hours. It was cloudy, and a bit rainy but ever-changing, so we would get beautiful views off and on. We stayed at the pass for about 20 minutes before turning around. A must-do hike.

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rocky
1 month ago

This hike was great. The switchbacks were not difficult; there were a lot of them, but the grade was easy and we hardly felt the elevation gain. I would probably rate it as moderate and I would definitely not call it lightly trafficked. The views are the pass were amazing. We saw some marmots and pikas, and although we didn’t see them, other hikers said there was a black bear in the valley and mountain goats near the pass. I’d recommend this hike to anyone.

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1 month ago

Left Everett area at 6am, was on the trail by 8:30am. The road from Marblemount to the TH was in very good condition and an enjoyable drive. It was Labor Day weekend, so I was not surprised that we had the last parking spot next to TH. The day started out cloudy, which was ok. The clouds added a different look to the mountains. Most of the flowers were spent but there was still a little color and tons of blueberries. 33 switchbacks later, we reached the pass. The clouds decided to lift and the view was spectacular. We had hiked up to Sahale Arm last time, so this time we decided to hike down (towards Stehekin) to Pelton Basin. Loved all the Pikas and their haystacks. The hike to the basin added another 3 miles roundtrip but is not as strenuous as the hike to Sahale Arm. Our total hike ended up being 10 miles. At the pass we relaxed and enjoyed chatting with the other hikers. Most were from out of state. BTW, the privy at the pass is a nice to have. On our return we saw marmots, mountain goats and a black bear. This is one of my most favorite hikes in the PNW.

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

37 switch backs and most of it through the woods. Once you make it to the top you can see the meadows and several different wildlife that call it home. Don’t do it on a cloudy day. We got lucky and got to the top as the clouds broke and the views were breathtaking.

hiking
1 month ago

Stunning hike, go ahead and go up to Sahale Arm if you have the time, it is well worth the effort. After hearing about how horrible the switchbacks were, they really were not that bad at all. It keeps the trail at a nice, manageable grade all the way up the switchbacks and levels out a little on the way to Cascade Pass. Stayed night in Pelton Basin and had a bear lurking around camp for a few hours. No problems though. If it's cloudy, you aren't going to see much. Catch a good weather day and go do it, stunningly beautiful area.

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rocky
1 month ago

Great views from the hiking area. Had the potential for great views on the hike but everything was obscured by fog and rain, which we were disappointed about. Overall, awesome hike. It was a Moderate hike up just “a few” switchbacks through old wood forest. Then close to the top there was a bit that was really rocky that could have ended in a bad day if one had lost their footing. It was muddy but we easily did it in only our tennis shoes after we were told we needed hiking boots and trek poles. Did not see any bear or mountain goats.

hiking
1 month ago

nobody talks about the glacier next to the parking lot but it's stunning and only gets better the further up you get

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rocky
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. First 3 miles are in old forest. 36 switchbacks to climb to the pass. Not super steep, but continuous climb from the parking lot to the top of the pass. Then you break out of the trees for beautiful views. People have been climbing this pass for 9000 years!!

hiking
1 month ago

took a while for the clouds to burn off, but even with a little bit of fog, the views were amazing.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike nice view. Went further to Doubtful Lake. Saw bears, marmots and some birds.

hiking
2 months ago

First hike in North Cascades, so I don’t have much to compare it to, but this was one of the most epic hikes I’ve done. Amazing views. Beautiful wildflowers. Saw marmot, mountain goats and a black bear, even in the hottest part of the day which was surprising. I would rate it more moderate than hard as all the switchbacks make the climb very gradual. Highly recommend this hike.

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bugs
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike, we saw a black bear, lots of pika, marmots, and mountain goats. The panoramic mountain views are humbling. Hiking on to see Doubtful lake is worth it.

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bugs
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Don't let the "difficult" rating scare you away if you are only an occasional hiker. The switchbacks are moderate and totally doable. The view at the top is gorgeous!

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bugs
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great rewarding view in the end, on the way are mostly forest view under trees. Totally lost count of number of switchbacks in the end. Went last weekend, and saw many wild flowers on the way.

hiking
2 months ago

This was an awesome hike with great views. The 30+ switchbacks were gentle and worth every step when you get to the traverse and then the scree slope. Then around the bend is the pass. A hike I would do again but this time try going up Sahale Arm. The 20+ mile road to the trailhead is long but the road is not bad; just a few potholes.

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rocky
2 months ago

Great views once you get through most of the 35 switchbacks. I saw Marmots, Mountain Goats, and a black bear. Awesome hike!

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