North Cascades National Park: Cascade Pass
Satisfy your wanderlust on this 5.4-mile out-and-back, which offers stop-and-gawk panoramas of the jagged Cascades blanketed by glaciers.
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- Distance: 8.7
Location: 48.475503, -121.075001
Begin from the well-marked Cascade Pass trailhead, listening for distant roar of falling ice on Johannesburg Mtn.
Location: 48.476236, -121.072061
Keep trudging up 30-plus switchbacks before trail opens to talus slopes and impressive views
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View of glacier-carved valley cradling N Fork of Cascade River
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Continue along steep slope of valley wall. Native Americans once used this corridor as a mountain passage; later it became a gold prospectors’ route
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Catch good views of Johannesburg Mtn.
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Top of switchbacks; trail goes S
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Rest in tranquil wildflower meadow
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Terrain changes to barren alpine zone inhabited by friendly marmots and pikas
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Traverse lengthy talus rise; good views upslope of Mt. Sahal. Caution: Trail is obvious, but footing is rough
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Cascade Pass; SE vistas of glacier-capped Pelton Peak
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Hike to end of pass for stellar views, photo ops; retrace steps to car