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Address: North Cascades National Park, WA
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

This moderate hiking trail climbs up to 5,384 feet elevation.

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The North American Alps

Drive up the Cascade River road into the less traveled both literally and figuratively. The Cascade Pass trail-head is a little over 20 miles from the intersection in... read more

Reviewed 18 January 2017
Troy, Michigan
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Troy, Michigan
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Drive up the Cascade River road into the less traveled both literally and figuratively. The Cascade Pass trail-head is a little over 20 miles from the intersection in Marblemount, and it can get pretty steep, windy, and narrow at times. Don't let the road dissuade you from reaching the trail, it is well worth the effort. As the road reaches... More 

Thank worrellj2
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

Like other mentioned the switchbacks are monotonous but definitely helpful because its a steep climb otherwise. While I was the only one in the parking lot (around 7 AM on a weekday), I was a little skeptical in going up alone. The hike up was fantastic...The scenery changed from foggy forests, to light snow to heavy snow as I gained... More 

Thank Suresh L
Kailua, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

This was a first visit to North Cascades National Park and it was a phenomenal experience, just wish that we had been there years ago! The entire North Cascades Highway and Cascade Pass experience is rather unparalleled with majestic beauty that just goes on and on. The visitor center on the West side is well worth a stop, very informative... More 

1 Thank Jollymon22
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2016

The last portion of the road to the trail head was very narrow. So drive carefully. The trail itself was not difficult. The first portion of the trail was in the forest. But once you climbed upward and on top of the mountain, the view was breathtaking! Highly recommend it!

Thank Xiaoqin Z
Boise, Idaho
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167 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

When my sister said we were doing a hike here, and it is not easy to get to the trail head with 23 miles and a lot of it a dirt road, and she said it was 3.7 miles. What she forgot to say that was only one way. So be aware. It is gorgeous but my mind was not... More 

Thank Boisenb
Phoenix, Arizona
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465 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 443 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016

Twenty three miles past Marblemount on the Cascade River road is the trailhead for this hike. The road has some rough sections with potholes and washboard, but is passable to most cars. Just slow down and enjoy the views. While the drive to the trailhead is pretty, the hike is the thing. There is a restroom at the trailhead, use... More 

Thank Davis K
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

My son and I did this as an overnight backpack to the Pelton Basin in mid September. The Cascade Pass / Sahale Arm hike is incredible. The grade is fairly constant although never steep. This seems doable for people of most ages and abilities. The view is incredible from the parking lot at the trail head and keeps getting better... More 

Thank Marc13510
East Lansing, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016

Even the views from the trailhead are awesome and it just keeps getting better throughout the hike!!

Thank michigantraveler35
Bellevue, Washington
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673 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 307 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016

The hike to Cascade Pass gives the most bang-for-the-buck of nearly anywhere in Washington. The trail for the most part is smooth and well maintained, with a reasonable (although constant) grade. The hike is suitable for families looking for an alpine adventure. Vistas of broad glacial valleys, wildflowers or blueberries (in season) and wildlife greet visitors. Folks seeking more adventure... More 

Thank Steve F
Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 16 July 2016

We Hiked Cascades pass and Sahale Arm all the way to the camp. Once you pass the approx. 2,5 miles of switchbacks, you get to continous breataking views all the way to the top of the glacier. We did it in early july without any equipment, we encountered some snowfields but nothing that would stop someone getting further.

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