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North Cascades National Park: Agnes Gorge

This 7.9-mile out-and-back in North Cascades National Park links massive old-growth cedars, a photogenic gorge, and waterfall overlooks.

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From Stehekin Valley Road, hike northwest on a trail peppered with mossy rock. The path winds across a glacial moraine whose source carved out the Stehekin River Valley. After half a mile, the trail ascends to the west through lush forest, then crosses talus-covered slopes bordered by cliffs. (Views extend up the Stehekin River Valley and the Agnes Creek Valley.) After 1.2 miles, turn left onto the Pacific Crest Trail for the descent to High Bridge, the site of several historic buildings and the ranger patrol station. Cross over the Stehekin River to connect with the Agnes Gorge Trail.
From here, the route travels above Agnes Gorge, passing massive, old-growth western red cedars and brilliant wildflower displays. Take in tremendous views of the huge horseshoe bend in Agnes Creek as it flows out of a very deep section of the gorge. Two separate waterfalls plummet off the cliffs into the depths of the gorge at mile 3.9 (this out-and-back’s turnaround point).
-Mapped by Alan Bauer, Alan Bauer Photography

To Trailhead

From Chelan, WA, take the Lady of the Lake to Stehekin, WA at the northern end of Lake Chelan. From the boat landing, take the Stehekin Shuttle up Stehekin Valley Road to High Bridge. Walk east on Stehekin Valley Road for 1.3 miles to the trailhead on north side of road.

Agnes Gorge

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