Cascade Pass Trail to Sahale Glacier Base Camp is a 11.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gilbert, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September.
The first several miles of this hike were some relatively easy switchbacks. Once we reached the Sahale Arm, the wind picked up and we began to wonder how much longer it could possibly be until we reached our campsite. Along the Sahale Arm, we spotted a black bear, which seemed very unconcerned with our presence. The last bit up to the campsite was difficult because it was a steep scree field and the combination of the extreme wind and our fatigue made it seem impossible, however, we did reach the site. In the morning, we awoke to curious mountain goats that had very little fear of us and came very close. We were in a cloud in the morning and visibility was extremely poor so we had to wait until the cloud passed before we could hike out. Finally, around 1pm, we could see more than 10 feet in front of us, so we made our descent. The way out felt like a breeze compared to the hiking that we endured the day before. Overall, we were glad we made the trip, and surprised by our capabilities, as we are all novice hikers. The wildlife was beautiful. We saw many marmots, MANY mountain goats, a black bear, some pica, a mule deer, and a grouse with her babies.
camped the night last day of september in below 24F temperature. Fall colors started to show and the combination of sun, fog, some snow showers and freezing rain made it a complete experience.
More difficult than we expected, but the views and wildlife were spectacular.