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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  • Well worth the long drive into the deep forest. The road is mostly paved until the last 8 miles are gravel turning into a narrow winding road, took an hour to drive it. We did it in a small sedan car ...  more »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
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