Explore the most popular camping trails near Marblemount with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The road is still being worked on, but is open now. Road is pretty rough in areas. The side of the road is soft, there was a car that actually slipped off while we were up there. Large parking lot! Trail is almost all switch backs. We spotted 2 bears, a few pikas, and tons of chipmunks. Once at the top, the temp dropped and it was freezing! Prepare for wind!
Fall colors were amazing!

I did it some weeks ago, camping at Fourth of July. First backcountry experience... and it was tough.
It was so smoky... that the views were not what I expected...

wonderful trail

hiking
1 month ago

5/28/18. to the border and back, East Bank trail to Lightning Creek to Hozomeen lake trail: 70 miles round trip of serious hiking with a heavy pack. Some things to look out for: east bank trail has quite a few trees over it, but passable. the creek crossing at Roland campground you either have to go boots off and knee deep or look upstream and you will see a log going over 10' above the creek. be careful, this is just a log and not flattened; scootch across and don't run the risk. before the first footbridge east bank hugs the cliff face beware of a place where the trail has fallen off to a pylon log below. there are holes in the dirt between the log and where the trail used to be so use caution as you get across, the soil is very loose. from there it's smooth sailing through the foot bridges to lightning creek. lightning creek trail is deceivingly difficult. the climb is much longer and higher than what you would think with lots of dicey goat trail cliffside sections when you get near the top. the decent on the backside to deer lick cabin is smoother, but a fairly quick decent so be sure your shins and knees are ready for it. watch for the trail to cut to a bridge before you get to deer lick cabin. it's boarded up which kind of sucked because it would be a great place to rest after the wicked climb lightning creek trail tuned out to be. if you can push it get to nightmare camp, it looked cool even though I didn't stop. everything is smooth past the lakes, no time to stop in but I plan to one day. no rangers or border patrol up at Hozomeen campground, just a bunch of cool Canadians having a good time. stayed at international point campground for a day, which is a nice clean car/RV style grounds. tooled around the Skagit side then headed back all the way to the trailhead with a stop overnight at lodgepole on the lake. all in all it was an awesome trip. I would rate it as semi-difficult.

Beautiful, fun but HARD hike

Hiked to Cascade Pass the other day with my sister and dad. It was pretty special because my dad originally did the hike in 1968 - and 50 years later, he was able to do it again. It starts out in the forest in switch backs and then opens up to gorgeous views. After having lunch on the pass, we ventured a little further up Sahele Arm, which was definitely challenging in hot weather! Made it to the lake lookout and cooled ourselves by doing snow angels in some leftover patches. I would love to get back here next summer but quite a drive for me for a day hike - might end up being a backpacking trip! Amazing views, amazing hike. One I will remember forever.

Best hike we've ever done! This hike is really hard being its all uphill pretty much the entire way but the views are totally worth it!

large parking lot at trail head. Black bear was blocking trail about 2 miles in, standing over whatever it was eating and squared up to our group of four. After a very brief staring contest, we backed off and returned to trail head. Best part of trail was that it's flat and shaded - good for covering ground on a hot or rainy day.

on Thunder Creek Trail

hiking
2 months ago

July 19, 2018: This is a nice walk but leaves you feeling like you should have gotten more bang for your buck. We did about six hours on the trail with an 11- and 13-year old, covering about 16-17 km round trip. Overall the trail is fairly flat, but I rolled my ankle a couple of times on rocks or roots—we were wearing running shoes. At the beginning the trail seems like it had a lot of potential as the river is near by, but after the 4th of July trail turn off, the trail stays under the canopy of trees and out of view of the river, although you can hear it. About 6-7 km in, there’s a couple views of the mountains overhead. The variety of plants is outstanding, but there was rarely a peep from birds. The little streams you cross along the way are nice and provide a great place to stop and enjoy a sandwich. My wife thinks we should have taken 4th of July as the park trail pamphlet suggests that it is the trail with the views.

Great hike. Started at the Canyon Creek Trailhead and went counter clockwise over 5 days and 4 nights. The first two days up to Devil's Dome were fairly difficult and steep at times. Well worth the effort. Awesome views on top and Ross Lake was a nice treat as well. Here is the link for a video I made from the trip. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEXyO6PyTX8

We did this as a day hike up to the Fourth of July pass campground and back. It's a steady and steep switchback climb once you separate from the Panther Creek trailhead. I would not recommend the trip as we did it. The views from the campground were not what we were expecting for the work we put in - beautiful, but mostly obscured by trees. I'd imagine if one was backpacking or doing the entire pass crossing all in one go, the views would be better.

July 28, 2018: The worst part of this trail on a sweltering July day is the exposed, steep mountainside of the last ~1,000 feet of elevation gain but it's inundated with wildfowers and butterflies so it's not all bad. The forest up til then is not crazy steep for the most part, and quite gorgeous to note. This is a rather uneventful hike, no obstacles or anything crazy to traverse.
Snow free. Bug spray is a must or they'll carry you off!

Great first BIG hike for my 4 yr old son! I grew up hiking this almost yearly! We LOVE seeing the BIG hikers treaking towards PCT! THIS memory is still a pushing permanent desire that my 8 yr old son and I still hold. THAT day atop that endless vastness, BIG TEARS ROLL DOWN HIS FACE, he Whales "I WANNA KEEP GOING WITH THEM!"I promised to take him back....ALL THE WAY! In the meantime let's see what other hikes you can do buddy❤️

Nice wooded walk. But not a whole lot to see. We were going to go up 4th of July but visibility was poor so we did this instead

Cascade Pass Trail was absolutely gorgeous! We started our hike around 4PM and got the trail all to ourselves. The climb is pretty steep, with approximately 35 switchbacks leading through beautiful, dense forest. After the final switchback, the trail levels off and you walk out of the forest into views of high peaks, glaciers, wildflowers, marmots, pikas and mountain goats. Would recommend trekking poles because there are several snow fields that you must cross to get to your final destination. Wonderful hike!

Hiked this trail via Thunder Creek TH. Gorgeous and stately old growth forest welcomes you into the inclines about 2 miles in. Trail is steep but well kept, lightly traveled, and cool with shade from the forest. Peek a boo glimpses of the glacier and a small lake add to its appeal.

Great trail with amazing views. Had two bear sightings in the first 10 miles. There are a number of downed trees currently obstructing the trail. There are also a number of Creek crossings, some of which are a little more iffy than others nothing was impassable or too bad as long as you're careful though. Elevation gain is easy, I'm guessing the rating is just because of how long the trail is.

Not too bad of trail but if you come through the Panther Creek trail head, expect some brutal switchbacks to start. I also wouldn't choose this route if you have small children as some of the downhill switchbacks are tight and have steep drop offs.

backpacking
2 months ago

Just backpacked to Thunder Camp and day Hiked to Fourth of July Camp via Fourth of July Pass and McAllister Camp via Thunder Creek. We’re some bears in the area but trails are well kept

backpacking
2 months ago

road closed 3 miles before trailhead, adds quite a bit of elevation gain to the hike. Other than that it was absolutely beautiful!

My wife and I just completed this amazing loop over 3 days. We started at Canyon Creek TH and wound up exiting a different way due to an injury. Very grateful for the kindness of those who helped us out! The ascent and descent of this hike is substantial which is why there are so many incredible views! We had a Black bear in our site at Devils Camp who did not bother us. Trail was clear of snow and the mosquitoes were insane for many stretches of this hike. Up until we arrived at Ross Lake we only saw 5 groups of hikers. Maybe stretch this one over 4 days or arrange for a water taxi from Ross Lake.

backpacking
3 months ago

Only negative about our 4 night, 5 day adventure was people. Very crowded 2 night stay at lightning creek complete with uptight powertripping stay at home moms who thought they were entitled to the best spots. Had a magical final evening at Hozomeen lake all by ourselves. Reserved a 200 dollar water taxi to take us back within 5 mi of hwy 20 where we were parked. I highly recommend this as a first time backpacking trip.

Backpacked to 4th of July Pass via Thunder Creek trail. Very clean and scenic trail.

We backpacked 4th of July Pass via Thunder Creek Route. Mild, steady ascent through thick, green forest that initially follows a blue-green river. The trail begins switchbacking up to the pass with a few stream crossings. It gets increasingly more scenic the farther up you go, ending up with great views of surrounding peaks and glacier at the top. Makes for a great day hike or an easy but work-for-your-dinner overnight backpacking trip. Campsites were clean and so was the pit toilet. (A rarity for NPS!) The trail was well-tracked with only one downed tree. Would highly recommend!

backpacking
3 months ago

Backpacked out to Roland Creek campground (about 7 miles in) and back, pretty unimpressive to be honest. It starts out pretty nice, but fades to generic green tunnel with no vantages, distinctive features, or anything of note really for the majority of the hike, although Roland Creek itself at the end is nice.

That said, it looks like the trail might get a bit better if you go a bit farther than I did.

backpacking
3 months ago

Backpacked to Rainbow Point. Goes through a lot of forest but it’s worth it

backpacking
3 months ago

I backpacked to Junction it was great

Hiked on 6/9/18 - snow at about 3 miles kept me from making it to the lookout. The trail was tough to follow and eventually I lost it.

In any conditions it is definitely a challenging push - especially the first 1.5 miles. I’ll be back in the summer to make sure to top out!

backpacking
5 months ago

Great early season trail. Lots of down trees but nothing too gnarly. Don’t blow your ACL

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