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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  • July 30, 2017
    Just the drive to the Cascade Pass trail head is worthwhile due to the mountain scenery. The hike to the pass is pretty steep and there will be snowfields to cross most of the year but it is well wort...  more »
  • July 26, 2017
    It's definitely not one of the most intense hiking of the area but surely one of the most spectacular! you can enjoy a forest landscape that gradually turns into a more bare one as you keep rising up....  more »
  • July 15, 2017
    The drive up to the Cascade pass can be pretty scary, as it's about ½ an hour on gravel roads. They are very steep, sometimes one lane, slippery, windy and narrow, along with numerous potholes. Make s...  more »

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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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