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Backpacker Magazine – August 2012

From The Field: West

Our trail scouts' top local hikes

by: Sarah L. Stewart


Cascade Pass, North Cascades NP, WA
Rosemary Seifried, Marblemount, WA
Pick a hot day for this 5.4-mile out-and-back to see the power of ice crashing from hanging glaciers on 8,100-foot Johannesburg Mountain into the valley below. “It’ll sound like a big rockfall, and then a hissing sound,” Seifried says. Switchback past delicate pink mountain heather to 5,392-foot Cascade Pass, then continue 200 yards on the Sahale Arm Trail to a scree field where marmots whistle. Trip ID 10253

“Bring binoculars to scan Mixup Arm for mountain goats and Pelton Basin for black bears.”




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