Slate Peak Professional Review and Guide
"Harts Pass Road, built to access a gold-mining district that boomed in the late 1800s and continued into the 1900s, will take you to a gorgeous alpine setting. It edges along a drop-off on a narrow shelf road in the North Cascades, then reaches Harts Pass. From there, the road to Slate Peak climbs above 7,000 feet to end at a tiny parking area that is the highest point in the state that you can drive to. To reach the occasionally staffed fire lookout atop 7,440-ft.
Slate Peak, you’ll have to hike the final steep quarter-mile segment of the road. But once there, visitors have expansive views of the North Cascades region. September is a beautiful time. You can combine this with Tour 11, Slate Creek Road. Easy, but rocky and narrow in places with blind curves. The road is typically open from early July through September. It’s busy on weekends, so expect to encounter hikers and other vehicles, including stock trucks. Trailers are prohibited."