Windy Pass via the PCT is a 11.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mazama, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length11.1 miElevation gain1,811 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingViewsWildflowersWildlifeRocky
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Ron Paul
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Dusty Trailhead
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HikingGreat!

In the Fall this hike should have a temporary name: Tamarack Mountain. The “fireworks” start on the north side of the mountain. There are good views of North Cascade peaks to the west as the trail traverses Cold Ridge. I hiked up the northwest side of Tamarack, but it quickly became a Class III, so I stopped and ate lunch. On the way back, I noticed that the SE approach looked like a walk up.

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Jami Krebs
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Did this trail 9/26/2020. Made it to the top of the pass before snow and ice storm blew in. Turned around before we finished but that was to be expected this late in the season. I was just happy to have my feet on the PCT.

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Michael Stumpf
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Michael Stumpf
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HikingGreat!No shade

This is a wonderful hike along the tree line, with expansive views out over the mountains. There is very little water along the route, so the next time I will be bringing more for my dog. Although we usually hike much lower elevations with little elevation change, we did not find it to be particularly difficult.

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Kate Ketcham
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scary narrow gravel road, washboards. but the trail is fabulous. well tended, nicely graded. no bugs at all today and views to forever.

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Adrianna Wells
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Cougar sighting but kept going because it’s Hart Pass to Windy Pass!!!

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Maddie Johnson
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This trail is BEAUTIFUL and the views are worth the trek. We got a late start around 10am and there was plenty of shade to start off with, but most of the hike doesn’t have shade so bring sunscreen. It’s not extremely clear which trail is the correct one (there are three or four trail heads at Harts Pass) but look for the PCT logo on the tree to the right. We brought our black lab and there were a few spots for him to grab water but definitely bring your own stash for your furry friends. The lack of shade really tired him out too- we also ran into another person with a dog who was struggling due to the heat. I imagine this hike is perfect in the fall!

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Stacey Hanlon
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Jesse Lidgey
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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!

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

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Art Brody
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thru hiked the PCT 2016

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Kelly Beane
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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

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MC Hiker
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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.

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David Hunter
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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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brian carter
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Steve Moreland
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Julie Sebag
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Andrew S.
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Steve McKinney
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Frank Peng
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Gordon Winters
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Ryan Balkcom
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Paul Gatzios
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Laurie OlsenPennington
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Craig Smith
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