Places to visit in North Cascades National Park

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Places to Visit in North Cascades National Park

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  • dfb260
    Staunton, VA340 contributions
    Great drive through one of the more remote areas of the lower 48.
    Nice views, many trails, campgrounds, etc.
    Written 19 September 2022
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  • Michelle L
    1 contribution
    We went to the Cascades to pick up my daughter from her PCT through hike. We stayed in Winthrop. The drive was absolutely amazing! Winthrop was a friendly little town with nice shops and wonderful restaurants. We drop from Winthrop to Leavenworth. It was green and lush in the Columbia River Valley. We were amazed by the orchards and Vineyards. I would highly recommend this area for its beauty and hospitality.
    Written 9 September 2022
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  • Abbycreek Inn
    3 contributions
    One of the best places along the Cascade Mountains. If you have a chance, this is a must stop. Nice parking lot and well kept. We had about a Quarter mile walk to the look out. The view was amazing. Well worth it.
    Written 22 June 2022
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  • PAT S
    1 contribution
    Great place just be sure to keep your loved ones and freinds close to you do not let them out of your site if you would like to check out the 411 files on you tube it will explain everything i live 30 miles from mt Rainer and lots of people go missing just be cautious.
    Written 25 August 2022
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  • mistyschulz
    Woodburn, OR321 contributions
    Cascade Pass was beautiful on Labor Day. We camped at Pelton Basin and hiked up Sahale Arm and to Horseshoe Basin. Lots of wild blueberries and we saw a bear and mountain goats.
    Written 15 September 2022
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  • Rebecca G
    Winter Springs, FL70 contributions
    We just happened to stop by this trail after a disappointing morning hike and we were wowed! The parking lot is decent sized but when we arrived at 12:30PM, there weren’t any spots. We grabbed some lunch and when we came back at 2PM, somebody was leaving so we got a spot. The trail is about 4.5 miles RT and ends at a beautiful blue lake surrounded by mountains. There is a bit of climbing involved but it’s completely worth it! You can hike right down to the lake and there was a mountain goat on one of the lower ridges overlooking the lake. Once you’re at the lake, there’s a side trail called Tarn Loop that looked like it would take you possibly closer to the area where the goat was but we didn’t hike it. We would definitely hike it again!
    Written 10 September 2022
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  • montanan_traveler
    montana1,772 contributions
    It drizzled the whole time. The clouds came and went. The wind blew. We loved every bit of it. the views were elusive but awesome when we had them. Well worth the effort.
    Written 2 October 2021
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  • sathwick_rao
    San Francisco, CA37 contributions
    Breathtaking views from the top to see the magnificent colors and view of the lake. A must-stop spot to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of the place.
    Written 11 October 2021
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  • Ric
    Hayden, ID37 contributions
    Wonderful campground but starting to be overcrowded. Love having trails available right from the campground and more hiking nearby. Thunder Woods loop is an easy 45 minute tour on a hillside that presents the best view of Pacific storms. The trail is littered with blowdown from years and decades of storms and a great display of the power of winter. Thunder creek, Thunder Knob with spectacular views of the lakes and overlooking Sourdough Mountain Trail - overall, a wonderful North Cascades experience.
    Written 29 August 2019
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  • Becki C
    Marshfield, WI244 contributions
    This trail is a short trail with some beautiful view so the river and some small falls. I didn't like that all the 'pools' are really man made cement pools. I would only do this hike if you have quite a bit of extra time to waste.
    Written 12 September 2021
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  • Becki C
    Marshfield, WI244 contributions
    We LOVED this short hike! There were only like 3 places left to park when we got there at noon, and we had to really kind of make our parking spot on the side. We are not huge hikers so this 2 mile hike was perfect. the ground is fairly even and its an easy, clear trail. We only passed one couple up and one on the way back. Everyone else was hiking other trails there. So we had the place to ourselves. So quiet and lovely. Do it!
    Written 12 September 2021
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  • LPLoveToTravel
    Ocala, FL1,608 contributions
    Beautiful lake and dam. The water is so still and sparked in the sun. You really can't find a more picturesque spot.
    Written 1 October 2019
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  • txpackerfan10
    Arlington, TX626 contributions
    They had a table out front in case if u had any questions. With what’s going on I can see. Rest rooms were open too
    Written 21 September 2020
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  • 2ByoungAgain
    Seattle, WA10 contributions
    Growing up in the Land of Lincoln, it just doesn't seem like Christmas, if there isn't snow around. I packed up the Subaru Outback and did just that; headed to the outback of the North Cascades National Park. The drive on this day was the best ever; virtually No traffic (I left at 9am). There was just a touch of snow on the road as I neared the end of the highway (20 closed for the winter at Ross Dam parking area). Arrived about 11:30am, to find only one other vehicle. Snow was abundant though not as much as some years, but still plenty (as photo will show). I used snowshoes on the way to the dam view, but chose to use only my Yaktrax on the way back. Snow was not too soft , where snow shoes would've been more of a bonus. The PEACE & SERENITY of the area is hard to match, especially at this time of the year (low attendance season). I left about 3 hours later, and there were about dozen cars parked now. Still, I only ran across 3 other people the whole time there. If you don't like snow adventures, then come back in the late spring-early fall; it's incredible if you love the Wilderness. Don't forget to pack out your trash, Please! Or even pick up some you might find and pack out. It's up to ALL of US, to keep it beautiful. PS - there are other attractions along the way, and plenty of viewpoints with incredible natural beauty! There are also campsites throughout the park. One could easily spend days up here, or even weeks. The North Cascades National Park is huge! Ross Dam is just a piece of it.
    Written 18 January 2020
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  • shesekmatok
    Los Angeles, CA689 contributions
    Hi fellow travelers ☺️

    Will start with a caution. The road leading to the trailhead is more suitable for high rise SUV, than a sedan, especially if u r its owner.
    It's a 4 miles of a narrow dirt road, with rocks, stones and small craters (huge potholes).
    Drove a Toyota highlander, which made it through nicely, but it wasn't easy.
    There's a parking spot for sedans, I think about 0.5 miles from the trailhead. But u still get to drive most of the way.

    Got to the trailhead, great 🎉🎉

    It doesn't matter how far u can go, it's worth a visit. I'll let the pics do the talking.

    The trail is 4.5 miles up and 4.5 miles down. Elevation gain approximately 3000ft.

    Started my day at 0730 and was back by 1330. Not a competition ☺️ just giving u a time frame. 3.5 hours to the top and 2 hours downhill.
    More people started the hike later in the day. But all in all it's not heavily trafficked.

    Temp when I left, was low fifties and at the top, was cold as well. Be prepared if u r, like myself, a sun lover.
    Sun came out, only on the way back and for a short while. Was mostly cloudy.

    There are parts, that the vegetation encloses the path. My advice, wear long trousers/legging.

    Will not lie, it's a grueling hike, but definitely doable and worth it.

    Starts with a hike through a green and dense forest, with water everywhere.
    Then, lots of summer blossom, colorful and views of the surrounding mountains.
    Then come the boulders and some left over snow, wich is more icy.
    U even get to walk on it, which I didn't like much, since I'm clumsy.

    **Tip** The trail has a few false paths, that were done by hikers with backcountry permit. These lead u to a camping spot and off trail.
    Neat trick is to download the map of the area on Google maps for offline use (no service up there) and u can see if u r on the right path.
    Used it a few times.

    Have fun and take lots and lots of pictures 🚶🏽‍♀️🚶🏽‍♀️🚶🏽‍♀️🚶🏽‍♀️
    Questions? Feel free to ask 😉
    Written 14 August 2020
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