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Backpacker Magazine – June 2011

National Parks: North Cascades

Come for the sheer, glaciated peaks, but be mesmerized by rain-fed waterfalls that pour down on all sides.

by: Kim Phillips

Copper Ridge Trail in North Cascades (Kim Phillips)
Copper Ridge Trail in North Cascades (Kim Phillips)
Copper Ridge Trail in North Cascades (Kim Phillips)
Copper Ridge Trail in North Cascades (Kim Phillips)
The Nooksack Ridge (Kim Phillips)
The Nooksack Ridge (Kim Phillips)
Copper Mountain Lookout (Kim Phillips)
Copper Mountain Lookout (Kim Phillips)
A maple leaf on Big Beaver Trail (Kim Phillips)
A maple leaf on Big Beaver Trail (Kim Phillips)



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Jan 02, 2014

Normally I don't recommend a backpacking route that I love, but I've been on the one in this article and agree 100% that you'd better love cold rain, sleet, snow stream crossings, and isolation. Those things alone will keep most away. A side trip on this route is to go up and over to Tapto Lakes from Whatcom Pass. The huckleberries are rampant and delicious there and few people bother to go to this lakes basin. If it clears off the glacier views are perfect and you will likely here chunks calving off hanging glaciers.

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