Easy Pass Trail is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Marblemount, Washington that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, and backpacking and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length7.7 miElevation gain2,923 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashBackpackingCampingHikingrunningViewsBugsRockySnowNo shade
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Note: A backcountry permit is required for camping in North Cascades National Park. The end of this trail meanders into the park. This permit can be obtained at a ranger station in the park.

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Josh Fortner
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Hiking

Perfect day, sunshine and brisk air. The trail is a little muddy and towards the second half covered in a light layer of snow. But, the snow is easily passable without gear until about the 3 mile marker, and then the snow gets above a couple feet. Best!

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Lena Jewelene
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Hiking

Beautiful fall hike!!! The larches are gorgeous!

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Johnnie Walker
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HikingGreat!

Great hike, smooth start through forrest (1.5 miles) then exposed rest of way. Last 1k ft climb is tough up somewhat loose gravel switch backs. Very doable but tiring! small parking, has maybe 15-20 spots but creatively can fit 30-40 cars before overflow onto 20 so get there early!

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Sabine Scott
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Hiking

About 3 inches of snow after the first 3ish miles. Totally fine in running shoes- not steep or slippery.

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Monica Nelson
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This was my first ‘hard’ trail but a perfect intro to more difficult hikes! If you’re really pushing when you hit the top exposed portion of the trail head back. It’s loose rock the majority of the trail but starts with sand and has a good stretch near the top as well. Brought my favorite hiking buddy @pammytheroaminggnome as usual

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Mariana S
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Very beautiful mountain pass. In comparison to some of the other passes in this area of the North Cascades, it was not so busy with people (big plus). The wildflowers are in bloom, and you can already see tons of wild blueberries (Fall colors are here!!). The views from the top are quite magical, I highly recommend checking this trail. Bring sunscreen as most of the trail is uncovered, and there were quite a few bugs. Be careful, particularly on the way down, as sections of the boulder field have very loose little rocks and can be very slippery. Parts of the trail are a bit flooded, and you have to cross a bigger creek either by hopping on rocks, or, to the right, going over a primitive bridge other hikers made with logs.

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Mariana S
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Judy Vue
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Courtney Klauck
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Pretty incredible hike. Shouldn’t be classified as “hard” in my opinion, should be moderate. Definitely want hiking boots if you have them because it’d be easy to roll and ankle without them. Gorgeous views for a majority of the hike, really beautiful 360 view at the top.

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Lindsay Osborn
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Hiking

Went on a Thursday and only ran into half a dozen people, had the top to ourselves for quite a while but there's tons of room to spread out. Nice easy path through a forest, then an overgrown area, then hot exposure the entire way up. The final push is pretty narrow and extremely rocky, poles helped me a lot. Also, I just looked down at my feet and didn't keep checking how much longer to the top, made it fly by. Lots off butterflies and grasshoppers. Great hike!

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Kristin Dara
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Backpacking

Amazing!! Totally worth the climb. Not too steep

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Lucero Avelar
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HikingBugsGreat!

EASY pass trail. Not easy at all but is doable. There was a lot of mosquitos. Make sure you take enough water and something to eat because you will get hungry. I did. Also, take some hiking stick it will make it easier. Enjoy the beautiful view. I am not very active and I was super sore the next day.

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Britt D
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HikingFeeGreat!No shade

I almost feel I should not leave a review because this needs to remain a secret. Extremely beautiful to say the least.

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David Rubinstein
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Natalie Meenan
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Hiking

One of the most beautiful hikes I've been on! Relatively tough ascent, but the views at the top are well worth it.

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Monica Tie
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Hiking

decent amount of wildflowers and some bugs and mosquitos. Saw a few marmots running around and basking in the sun up on the ridge.

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Cynthia O
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Very beautiful and not too difficult. Worth going up the peak to the left. Lots of flying insects.

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Erik Olson
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Hiking

This was a great hike. The first two miles through old growth forest are nice, however there’s an improvised tree trunk bridge you will have to cross to get to the subalpine part of the trail before attempting the summit: I hiked it yesterday 7/26 and the snow had all melted from the trail. Don’t the name fool you, it’s not necessarily an easy trail. I’d say it’s moderate to difficult, especially when it’s hot out, but the views are worth it!

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Alec Harrison
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three thumbs up

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Catherine Caracciolo
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Hiking

The trail began with 2 miles of gradual ascent through the forest. The following 2 miles consisted of rocky switchbacks through the pass. The exposed area was very rocky and steep at times, but the views were fantastic along the way. We walked a few hundred feet through the pass revealing more breathtaking views. Overall, I would rate it on the harder side of moderate, but well worth it!

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Brandy Morgan
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Hiking

Great hike, me and my 2 littles (3&6yo) did this hike but there was too much snow at the top to finish.

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Angela Ferrara
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Hiking

Beautiful trail with good views. We almost reached the pass but we were sadly deterred by rain (which wasn’t in the forecast).

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Jack Bassett
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Good trail, a brisk ascent through the different ecological zones of the North Cascades. You’ll start off through some mossy old-growth forest while eventually making your way to the upper, more sparsely vegetated realms of the subalpine zone. This break in the vegetation allows for nice views over your shoulder of Washington Pass, as well as a sweeping panorama of various Cascadian peaks on the Easy Pass saddle. Conditions of the trail were good, the beginning of the trail had creek crossings that were easily passed in trail-runners thanks to some makeshift treefall bridges. On the first week of July, the trail had shallow, but solid snow fields in it from 5,500ft to summit. Talus switchbacks towards top are covered, so you will need to improvise. I had to switch to mountaineering boots, but by the time you’re reading this, the snow may be melted enough to follow the trail as intended by its maker.

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