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 have been here before but never taken the walk to the look out. It is definitely worth the short walk. The overlook is amazing of the road. Worth the 10 min or less walk.  more »
  • This has to be one of the top viewpoints I have ever seen . I love nature and mountains and this place is just incredible . The overlook was definitely worth the drive all by itself . Looking to the s...  more »
  • This whole area is amazing and any of the designated stops are worthwhile. Just driving on highway 20 is awesome. Stop and take a look at the valley below.  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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