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Cascade Pass, North Cascades National Park

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Cascade Pass is a 5392ft mountain pass over the northern Cascade Range, east of Marblemount, Washington, U.S.Although an important pass, providing the easiest connection from the Cascade River to the head of Lake Chelan, it is now inside North Cascades National Park, and crossed by only a hiking trail.From the west, one reaches it by hiking an easy 3.5 mile trail from the end of the Cascade River Road . From the east, it is accessible via a trail from Stehekin up the Stehekin River valley.The summit of the pass, being at the tree line, is known for its views in all directions. It is also a key departure point for mountaineering; to the north, the gentle ridge of the Sahale arm leads up Sahale Mountain to the summit, as well as to the meadows of Boston Basin and the summits above. To the south, Mixup Arm leads to Mixup Peak and Magic Mountain, as well as to Cache Col, making Cascade Pass the start of the high-level Ptarmigan Traverse.
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North Cascades National Park offers various styles of camping, including camping from a car, RV, or boat at a developed campground (wilderness camping is also available). The park permits numerous private concessionaires to provide lodging within the park's boundaries, so you'll find numerous lodges, rustic resorts, and cabins throughout the park. Many visitors also stay in the assortment of lodges, inns, motels, and campgrounds lining Route 20 on both the western and eastern sides of the park.
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  • 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 prett...  more »
  • 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 s...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »