Independence and North Lakes Trail

Silverton, Washington

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It’s a tough trek up, over, and down a steep and rocky ridge to North Lake—a fair price to pay for the solitude you’ll more than likely find. But if you prefer an easier adventure—one perfect for the kids and your dog—feel free to go no farther than Independence Lake. Either way, both lakes make fine destinations. Surrounded by a rugged topography cloaked in ancient forest, the setting is as wild as any along the Mountain Loop Highway, except for one noticeable difference. North and Independence lack the crowds that inundate nearby backcountry lakes.
Day Hiking: North Cascades

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Day Hiking: North Cascades

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

It’s a tough trek up, over, and down a steep and rocky ridge to North Lake—a fair price to pay for the solitude you’ll more than likely find. But if you prefer an easier adventure—one perfect for the kids and your dog—feel free to go no farther than Independence Lake.

Either way, both lakes make fine destinations. Surrounded by a rugged topography cloaked in ancient forest, the setting is as wild as any along the Mountain Loop Highway, except for one noticeable difference. North and Independence lack the crowds that inundate nearby backcountry lakes.

©  Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Silverton
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 2,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: July– mid-Oct
Trailhead Elevation: 3,500 feet
Top Elevation: 4,950 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District, or Verlot Public Service Center
Local Maps: Green Trails Silverton No. 110
Driving Directions: Directions to Independence and North Lakes Trail

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