Slate Peak

Mazama, Washington

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Harts Pass Road, built to access a gold-mining district that boomed in the late 1800s and continued into the 1900s, will take you to a gorgeous alpine setting. It edges along a drop-off on a narrow shelf road in the North Cascades, then reaches Harts Pass. From there, the road to Slate Peak climbs above 7,000 feet to end at a tiny parking area that is the highest point in the state that you can drive to. To reach the occasionally staffed fire lookout atop 7,440-ft. Slate Peak, you’ll have to hike the final steep quarter-mile segment of the road. But once there, visitors have expansive views of the North Cascades region. September is a beautiful time. You can combine this with Tour 11, Slate Creek Road. Easy, but rocky and narrow in places with blind curves. The road is typically open from early July through September. It’s busy on weekends, so expect to encounter hikers and other vehicles, including stock trucks. Trailers are prohibited.
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Washington Byways

by Tony Huegel (Wilderness Press)

Harts Pass Road, built to access a gold-mining district that boomed in the late 1800s and continued into the 1900s, will take you to a gorgeous alpine setting. It edges along a drop-off on a narrow shelf road in the North Cascades, then reaches Harts Pass. From there, the road to Slate Peak climbs above 7,000 feet to end at a tiny parking area that is the highest point in the state that you can drive to. To reach the occasionally staffed fire lookout atop 7,440-ft.

Slate Peak, you’ll have to hike the final steep quarter-mile segment of the road. But once there, visitors have expansive views of the North Cascades region. September is a beautiful time. You can combine this with Tour 11, Slate Creek Road. Easy, but rocky and narrow in places with blind curves. The road is typically open from early July through September. It’s busy on weekends, so expect to encounter hikers and other vehicles, including stock trucks. Trailers are prohibited.

©  Tony Huegel/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Mazama
Distance: 42
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 2 hours not including time for hike to the lookout
Local Contacts: Okanogan National Forest's Methow Valley Ranger District Visitor Information Center
Local Maps: Washington Road & Recreation Atlas; Okanogan National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Slate Peak

Recent Trail Reviews

8/23/2008
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Amazing views. Very narrow road up to the high mountain vistas. Go slow and watch for traffic. You have to use pullouts to pass other cars. Mostly single lane road. You can view the rebirth of the forest after fire. The Needles fire a few years ago wiped out the area and it is starting to come back. Silver spires with new growth at teh bottom. Road form Hart's Pass Ranger Station down to the mining district is pretty rough. The sign tells the truth when it says maintained for high clearance vehicles. Don't tempt fate unless you are prepared. If you do the miners are friendly and ready to explain what they are doing. Just be respectful of the Private mining claims in the area.



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