Windy Pass via Pacific Crest Trail

Barron, Washington

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For the best flowers and hiking, Windy Pass is highly recommended. Some hikers swear it is one of the best flower walks in the Cascades. The hike begins on the Pacific Crest Trail and is accessed at the first switchback on Slate Peak Road, elevation 6800 feet. From the trailhead you will be heading north. In the first 1.2 mile, the PCT climbs a meadow shelf and contours the steep slope of Slate Peak before descending to Benson Basin and camps. You can see the scars of gold mining days from the north side of Slate Peak.
Best Wildflower Hikes Washington

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Best Wildflower Hikes Washington

by Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

For the best flowers and hiking, Windy Pass is highly recommended. Some hikers swear it is one of the best flower walks in the Cascades.

The hike begins on the Pacific Crest Trail and is accessed at the first switchback on Slate Peak Road, elevation 6800 feet. From the trailhead you will be heading north. In the first 1.2 mile, the PCT climbs a meadow shelf and contours the steep slope of Slate Peak before descending to Benson Basin and camps. You can see the scars of gold mining days from the north side of Slate Peak.

© 2004 Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Barron
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 1,500 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Hikable: July through mid-October, Best flowers: July through August
Local Contacts: Methow Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails Nos. 50 Washington Pass and 18 Poseidon Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Windy Pass via Pacific Crest Trail

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