The Best National Park Campsites: Sahale Glacier Camp

North Cascades National Park, Washington
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North Cascades National Park, Washington
Sahale Glacier Camp

Photo by: Scott Kranz

You’re not on top of the world when you reach this rock-protected site at 7,600 feet, but you’ll think you are. Blame the views, which are crowded with mountains the way the night sky is crowded with stars. Or maybe it’s the thundering crashes coming from the large towers of ice that drop from glaciers below you. Or maybe it’s because you’re sleeping on the edge of Sahale Glacier, which offers hours of adventures for those with crampons, ice axes, and ropes. Put it all together and you’ll come to the conclusion: Modest elevation be damned, this is high-alpine camping at its finest. To do it, link Cascade Pass and Sahale Arm Trails for an 11.8-mile out-and-back across meadows and granite talus to this endless view. Trailhead Cascade Pass Season Summer Permit Free; no reservations