hiking
snow
1 day ago

Switch backs on switch backs, classic steep cascade hike. I only made it about 1/4 mile past the Monogram/Lookout junction before running into so much snow I lost the trail. Snow level is at about 4200 feet right now.

hiking
rocky
scramble
snow
12 days ago

8/22/19 One of the most beautiful views available of the North Cascades on a clear day. Definitely do not do this trail until July or August unless you’re planning on some technical climbing towards the end. The glacier was unreal and the last scramble/hike up to the top, about .5 miles, is brutal, but the view keeps you going. Snow at the top in August, and the weather changes fast that high up.

Lil update: (05/16/2020) 5 miles before reaching parking lot/trailhead there are chains and warning Sings preventing cars from continuing down the forest service road. (Due to COVID19)Even if you can somehow get around this in your vehicle, there are several more locked gates 2 and 3 miles in so I’d recommend just parking. The road to the trailhead is a gorgeous hike in itself and its 10 miles round trip with essentially no snow. Roughly a quarter mile from the parking lot is when snow begins and there’s very clear signs of past avalanches rolling over the road. The parking lot is buried in snow and if you do not have gps you’re going to have a hard time staying on the intended trail. The snow is relatively easy to walk on but we did not feel comfortable continuing on due to the rain, the certainty that we were alone if something went wrong, and our lack of confidence in staying on the trail. Still a great morning and beautiful views. Be safe.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this a couple years ago. Fantastic. Main downside is the road leading to trail head is pretty rough going, be prepared for that. But view from the parking lot is spectacular! Lots of parking available too. Also, hike starts with seemingly endless switchbacks for a long time. But once you emerge from them you will love the views. Be prepared to be blown away with the view of glaciers and valleys at the overlook on top of Cascade Pass. I couldn’t stop looking and didn’t want to leave.

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

It’s a bucket list hike. Get a permit to camp, LNT. Best campsite I’ve ever been to. Grab a walk up at marble mount a day before, get there at 6am.

backpacking
bridge out
muddy
off trail
snow
6 months ago

It’s straight up the whole way, after the switch backs it just goes straight up. Also bring snow shoes or be ready to post hole to the lake. Great trail lots of fun

hiking
7 months ago

Hands down one of the most gorgeous hikes I’ve been on.

This was the most excruciating, demanding yet most rewarding and amazing trails that I have ever done... the first half of the trail was pretty smooth and easily doable till the cascade pass lookout... further out on the way to sahalie arm glacier, it started to be pretty steep and rocky which made it quite difficult a climb without poles... hence poles are highly recommended!!!! It was one of the amazing and wonderful views that I have ever seen and experienced which takes your breath away!!

hiking
muddy
snow
8 months ago

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

hiking
muddy
snow
8 months 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.

hiking
muddy
snow
8 months ago

hiking
muddy
snow
8 months 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!

Many gentle switchbacks to get to the pass. Many great views along the way. Once at the pass omg. Then to the arm. Many grueling switchbacks but once up again omg. Worth the effort.

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
8 months ago

Hiked this trail 9/23, took a total of 8 hours with plenty of rests and a lunch break. Unfortunately we had bad luck with the weather- it was foggy/cloudy the entire hike, so there weren’t many views to see. The weather on the Sahale Arm portion was very intense, with sleet, ~60?mph winds, and most likely sub 40 degree temps. We did see a bear, Wolverine, pikas, grouts, etc. which was neat. The trail was quiet, we only saw 6 other groups of hikers the entire time.

hiking
muddy
rocky
8 months ago

Hiked yesterday September 20. Foggy and clouds beyond the Pass so no great views. But some nice ones in the morning with low clouds at The Pass. Went to 6635 feet up, about 5 miles in. Turned back since nothing to see. Trail up to the Pass is mostly long, easy switchbacks with some flat near the Pass. Made it to the Pass in 1:48. Trail beyond the Pass (follow Stehekin signpost for Sahale Arm, then almost immediately turn for Sahale Arm at another signpost) is mostly steep and very rocky in two areas. Don’t miss the junction at Doubtful Lake Trail on your way back to the Pass. Nice hike, would like to return in clear weather. The access road is lots of washboard with some big potholes in spots. About one hour drive. Total time hiking (to 6635 feet, 5 miles in) with lots of pictures and lunch: about 4.25 hours. Descent time was 3.5 hours (from 6635 feet, 5 miles in) with time for pictures. Saw two bears at the Pass, lots of friendly grouse, marmots and pikas.. Total vertical gain to 6635 foot turnaround was 2983 feet.

hiking
muddy
rocky
8 months 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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