Gothic Basin

Granite Falls, Washington

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Rugged and spectacular—yes. Gothic, perhaps, for this stark and mysterious basin harbors hidden tarns and disappearing waterways and is surrounded by spiraling peaks. A difficult hike on steep and rocky terrain, Gothic Basin with all its rich beauty can’t keep hikers away; just as it couldn’t keep miners away a century ago with its lure of riches. It was those hardy folk who built this path. It has been upgraded since—somewhat. The splendor of the basin, however, can’t be improved one bit. Past glaciers and the agents of erosion have left it pretty darn near to perfect.
Day Hiking: North Cascades

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Day Hiking: North Cascades

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Rugged and spectacular—yes. Gothic, perhaps, for this stark and mysterious basin harbors hidden tarns and disappearing waterways and is surrounded by spiraling peaks. A difficult hike on steep and rocky terrain, Gothic Basin with all its rich beauty can’t keep hikers away; just as it couldn’t keep miners away a century ago with its lure of riches.

It was those hardy folk who built this path. It has been upgraded since—somewhat. The splendor of the basin, however, can’t be improved one bit. Past glaciers and the agents of erosion have left it pretty darn near to perfect.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Granite Falls
Distance: 9
Elevation Gain: 2,840 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Mid-July– mid-Oct
Trailhead Elevation: 2,360 feet
Top Elevation: 5,200 feet
Local Contacts: Mount Baker– Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District, or Verlot Public Service Center
Local Maps: Green Trails Sloan Peak No. 111, Monte Cristo No. 143
Driving Directions: Directions to Gothic Basin

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