Cascade Pass

Marblemount, Washington

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This strenuous but short 7.4-mile out-and-back trip offers some of the best rewards for the effort in the Cascades. Climbing steeply through forest, the trail emerges into a wonderland of hanging glaciers, waterfalls, and soaring peaks. From the pass, you can continue higher into the alpine country toward Sahale Arm, or drop toward the scenic outpost of Stehekin at the north end of Lake Chelan, accessible only by boat.
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by Ron Adkison & David Wortman (Falcon Guides)

This strenuous but short 7.4-mile out-and-back trip offers some of the best rewards for the effort in the Cascades. Climbing steeply through forest, the trail emerges into a wonderland of hanging glaciers, waterfalls, and soaring peaks.

From the pass, you can continue higher into the alpine country toward Sahale Arm, or drop toward the scenic outpost of Stehekin at the north end of Lake Chelan, accessible only by boat.

©  Ron Adkison & David Wortman/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Marblemount
Length: 7.4
Elevation Gain: 1,800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Late July through September
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: North Cascades National Park
Local Maps: USGS Cascade Pass
Topo Map: Cascade Pass Topographic Map
Guide Book: Hiking Washington Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

8/22/2009

The views are spectacular from the moment you step out of your car. We continued on up to Sahale Arm and thought it was well worth the extra effort for the views of Doubtful Lake and the Sahale Glacier. There were quite a few people by the afternoon, but who can blame them on a perfect summer weekend day.

10/27/2005

We arrived shortly after sunrise and hiked in early morning light. There was 2-3 inches of fresh snow at the pass. Even though it was cold and windy, the views on this clear morning were spectacular. At the Pass you are surrounded by jagged, snow dusted peaks; glaciers, and incredible panoramas. I would highly recommend this hike. Watch for ice on the trail -- there were some slippery spots. The trail up Sahale Arm was closed due to wintery conditions.

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