One of the most scenic, accessible, and—not surprisingly—popular high-country romps in the North Cascades takes you from the base of a formidable wall of jagged, icy summits to a high pass dividing the Cascade and Stehekin river watersheds.
Once used by Native Americans, explorers, prospectors, and surveyors to reach Lake Chelan, this well-traveled, relatively low pass was once considered by railroad and highway engineers. The railroad never came, and the highway went north: now this area is protected as wilderness within North Cascades National Park.
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