Northern North Cascades Loop Backpacking

Glacier, Washington 98244

Northern North Cascades Loop Backpacking

Northern North Cascades Loop (Backpacking) Professional Review and Guide

"Nowhere is the rugged beauty of the North Cascades on better display than it is here. Everything seems to be on a larger-than-life scale. There are big trees, huge glaciers, incredibly deep canyons, impossibly steep ridges, and vast views. For variety the trip visits a fire lookout and uses a unique hand-powered cable car to make a stream crossing.

You must begin by obtaining the required backcountry permit. This is somewhat more complicated than that simple statement would imply. The Park Service severely restricts the number of available campsites. Permits are issued only in person, on the first day of the trip or up to one day before, and on a first-come-first-served basis. No reservations are taken. Backcountry permits are available from the ranger station in Marblemount, or, more conveniently for this trip, from the Glacier Public Service Center in Glacier."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
10,800 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3-5 days
Usually open Late July to September; best in August
3,100 feet
Trailhead Elevation
Top Elevation
North Cascades National Park
Local Contacts
Green Trails - Mount Shuksan (#14) & Mount Challenger (#15)
Local Maps

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Jul 2018