Cascade Pass day hike

08/05/12

Cascade Pass day hike

A trip report for Cascade Pass
Posted by Kristen D.
Road Issues: Minor potholes
Trail Condition: Easy to navigate
Bugs: Bring spray
Snow Level: Starts at 5,000 ft

This is a BEAUTIFUL day hike in the North Cascades.
We left at dawn to get to the trail head around 8am, which worked out well considering it got into the 90's that afternoon. It's a moderate ~3.5 mile hike to the top of the pass with lots of switchbacks (which are short and gently graded). The trail is well maintained and well used; we passed at least a dozen other parties on the trail going up; we heard from the ranger that it was the most popular day hike in the park. I can see why. The first two miles or so are through evergreen forests, then the trees thin out and you get some epic views of the surrounding peaks, waterfalls, and glaciers.
At the top, there's a small clearing with some stone benches and additional trails branching off in several directions. It's a great picnic spot; a little work to get there, but you can't beat the view. I would highly recommend it!

Nate and Kristen on the trail up

View from the trail of surrounding peaks, glaciers, and waterfalls

Our friend John illustrating the magnitude of his enthusiasm for the epic view.

Comments (2)

If the pictures are any indication, this is a must-see!

what a gorgeous day! amazing photographs too.