Cascade River Road

Marblemount, Washington

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Cascade River Road ascends a forested valley hewn by glaciers and long traveled by Indians, pioneers, explorers and miners. Today, this remote entrance to North Cascades National Park attracts visitors headed for Cascade Pass (5,384 feet) and views of waterfalls, alpine meadows, craggy peaks, glaciers and snowfields. Its nearby namesake is a federally designated wild and scenic river. The first 7 miles are paved. The remainder is mostly maintained gravel and dirt. The hike to Cascade Pass, which climbs 1,800 feet, is considered moderate.
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Washington Byways

by Tony Huegel (Wilderness Press)

Cascade River Road ascends a forested valley hewn by glaciers and long traveled by Indians, pioneers, explorers and miners. Today, this remote entrance to North Cascades National Park attracts visitors headed for Cascade Pass (5,384 feet) and views of waterfalls, alpine meadows, craggy peaks, glaciers and snowfields.

Its nearby namesake is a federally designated wild and scenic river. The first 7 miles are paved. The remainder is mostly maintained gravel and dirt. The hike to Cascade Pass, which climbs 1,800 feet, is considered moderate.

©  Tony Huegel/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Marblemount
Distance: 24
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Local Contacts: Mount Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest, Mount Baker Ranger District
Local Maps: Washington Road & Recreation Atlas; Mt. Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Cascade River Road

Recent Trail Reviews

4/7/2008
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this is a beautiful drive if that is what you are looking for. not for off-roading. some parts, especially toward the end of the road, are very narrow. but the last 3 miles offer great views of mt.joannsburg and the glaciers that roll down it. be sure to check out the current conditions of the road before you actually go there because it washes out often during the wet months. right now as of 08 april 08, the road is washed out at mile 12.5. the first half of the road is paved and the rest is dirt but pretty well maintained. lots of wildlife. i have seen deer and black bear in this area. there are also plenty of trails for hiking off the side of the road. plenty of photo ops.



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