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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  • Washington pass outlook is the height point you can access in car on the north cascades loop. You can definitely feel the wind at the altitude so be prepared. It is not alarming but any means, just so...  more »
  • If you’re in the area, don’t miss a stop at the Washington Pass Observation Site. We stopped here during our drive through North Cascades National Park along Highway 20, North Cascades Highway. This i...  more »
  • Awesome view of Liberty Bell, Highway 20, and surrounding area. We loved the poems posted there to stop and really enjoy the views. People are so happy to be there and to be able to admire this stunni...  more »
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  • North Cascades National Park is a gem of the United States. The Cascade Loop highway it's so beautiful and fun to drive.
  • Awesome drive and mountain views are next to none. Best part of the park.
  • 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
  • Breathtaking views, I love going over this pass just after it opens up in the spring.
  • 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.
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