Washington Pass, North Cascades National Park

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Washington Pass and Rainy Pass are two mountain passes on State Route 20 in the North Cascades mountains of Washington State. Rainy Pass is about 4 miles to the west of Washington Pass. The passes are typically closed between November and April due to heavy snowfall.The north-south Pacific Crest Trail crosses east-west Highway 20 at Rainy Pass. The Washington Pass Overlook Trail, designated a National Recreation Trail in 1978, runs a short 0.2mi from the pass to an overlook with views of Liberty Bell Mountain and the highway 700feet below.
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  • I guess this would have been a great overlook. To my disappointment, i did not know they do not plow this parking area out. so after the snow melts , they open the gate to the parking area. this was i...  more »
  • Stopped here during a drive of the Cascade Loop. Multiple great views. Lots of places to safely pull over to check things out. I'm a little nervous about heights and while I always felt safe, my nerve...  more »
  • This is a great viewpoint to see the towering peaks in North Cascades NP. The parking lot is right beside the highway and the viewpoint itself is a short walk. Check this off your list on your visit t...  more »
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  • This place is best visited either in early spring when the North Cascades highway opens or in the fall to see there fall colours. The early spring view is a lot of snow covered peaks and almost a winter wonderland. But that only last a couple of weeks before the snow melts of. So time it right. There fall season here is a riot of colors
  • Perhaps the most stunning viewpoint in the entire Washington State Highway system! We go up there almost every year. The visitor center/viewpoint is done exceptionally well with ample parking and restrooms and picnic areas. Take paved paths to cliff-hugging vistas of jagged peaks or hike around on dirt paths. The Pass is closed in winter, but die-hard snow shoers or Nordic skiers go up there from Early Winters.
  • This is a great stop while driving the North Cascade highway. Beautiful views from the overlook area.
  • Incredible Northwest views, and plenty of great photo opps.
  • Do go till Washington pass don't just go till diablo n skip this
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