Southern North Cascades Loop Backpacking

Mazama, Washington 98833

Southern North Cascades Loop Backpacking

Southern North Cascades Loop (Backpacking) Professional Review and Guide

"The rugged beauty of the North Cascades is on spectacular display in this extended loop hike. The route samples nearly all of the range’s many environments, from low-elevation eastside forests of ponderosa pine to low-elevation westside forests of fir and hemlock.

In between there are high snowy passes and deep basins surrounded by towering peaks. You can also expect to see big trees and tiny flowers, lumbering black bears and scurrying chipmunks, rushing streams and quiet mountain lakes. There just isn’t much missing from this wonderful hike."

Southern North Cascades Loop (Backpacking) Reviews

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My sons and I hiked this trip first of July. Too soon for the trail conditions. Visible trail almost non-existent. We had to climb over hundreds of down trees, camp sites washed away, we were the first over Park Pass; had to kick in our own steps and glassade down the back side, (used ice axes on passes) streams and creeks crossing challenging. Without our handheld GPS it would have been more difficult. We did it in 5 days even with the trail conditions. Don't attempt this trail if you are looking for helpful trail signs, this is for the more advance backpackers. Overall the scenery was fine; was used to the High Sierras or Mr. Rainier area.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
14,300 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
5-10 days
Usually Open mid-July to early October; best in August
4,860 feet
Trailhead Elevation
Top Elevation
North Cascades National Park
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated - North Cascades National Park; Green Trails - Diablo Dam (#48), Mount Logan (#49), McGregor Mountain (#81) & Stehekin (#82)
Local Maps

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Jul 2018