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North Cascades Washington

Postby poky5mom » Mon Aug 29, 2016 12:44 pm

We are thinking of hiking in the North Cascades next summer. So far I haven't been able to find a forum like this! Does anyone have any hiking experience there or ideas where to stay?
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Re: North Cascades Washington

Postby indiana hiker » Mon Aug 29, 2016 2:31 pm

Two years ago we stayed in Marblemount (Buffalo Run Inn) and Winthrop (River's Edge) to save drive times. Some of our favorite hikes were Cutthroat, Cascade and Heather Passes and Blue Lake. We also spent a day at Mt. Baker and hiked Park Butte trail.
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Re: North Cascades Washington

Postby rhughes » Tue Aug 30, 2016 4:57 pm

I live in the North Cascades area, Snohomish, WA, and can attest to great hiking around here. I would be happy to tell you more if you want to PM or email me.

And yes there is a very good chat group for hiking in the area: http://www.nwhikers.net. As with any online group you have to read the list for a while until you get an idea of who has useful information and who is just spouting off.
Roy Hughes, Artist-in-Residence Glacier National Park, 2005
Author of North Cascades Beautiful: An Artist's View
Author of 100 Beautiful Views of Glacier National Park
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Re: North Cascades Washington

Postby poky5mom » Wed Aug 31, 2016 9:57 am

Thank you rhughes! I will be in contact!!
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Re: North Cascades Washington

Postby llholmes1948 » Sat Sep 10, 2016 2:15 pm

I don't know anything about the North Cascades but when my daughter was an engineering intern with the National Park Service in Seattle about 6 or 7 years ago, I remember that she went there several times to work on projects and she thought it was a great place. Maybe someday she can give us a tour of the park.

In the meantime here is a link to an article on the North Cascades that I discovered on the Seattle Times website. Hope the link works:

http://www.seattletimes.com/life/travel ... -cascades/
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Re: North Cascades Washington

Postby mattB » Wed Dec 07, 2016 2:24 am

I've driven through on the North Cascades Highway, its a gorgeous drive, but never hiked or camped, but I did a little research for a potential trip a couple years ago, but then we ended up just going to Rainier.
There are lots of good day hikes, several pretty large car-camping campgrounds. I don't think there is much if any lodging inside the park.
Twisp and Winthrop would be good places to get motels on the east side, they're both probably comparable to Columbia Falls, about the same size and distance from the hikes.
On the west side there may be some motels/cabins in Concrete, Marblemount, or Darrington, but your best bet may be in Sedro Wooley or Arlington, but those are about an hour's drive from the trail heads.

If I remember right, I think a lot of the hikes in the North Cascades have quite a bit of elevation gain, although that can make for some awesome views, if you can endure the uphill climb!! :-)

Washington Trails Association is a good resource for information on hikes and trails, and lots of reviews.
https://www.wta.org

https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/hik ... arch+Hikes
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Re: North Cascades Washington

Postby Langdon Greene » Mon Jan 23, 2017 6:01 am

Yeah, the North Cascades (not just the Natl Park, but also including the surrounding wilderness areas: Glacier Peak, Pasayten, Chelan Sawtooth, Alpine Lakes, Henry Jackson, Wild Sky, etc) is probably my [current] #1 area for backpacking. I say that because the sheer volume/density of 'epic-worthy' backpacking routes concentrated into a single 200 mile radius (centered roughly on Glacier Peak) is probably unsurpassed in North America. Maybe the southern Sierras or Canadian Rockies come close. And that's not even including Olympic peninsula or Goat Rocks/Rainier, a just little further out, with lots of great stuff around there too.

But I'm talking backpacking routes (i.e., more than 2 nights). Is that what you're looking for, or dayhikes / weekenders / overnighters?

Either way, ditto to the recommendations for NWHikers and WTA.

Also, check out the Romano & Spring/Manning guidebooks.

For dayhikes, the Maple/Heather/Rainy Pass loop (about 7-8 miles) would be one of the first I'd recommend. Also, Park Butte / ScottPaul / RR Grade. And Sourdough Mtn. There are supposedly a ton of awesome day hikes on the north side (north of Mt. Baker / Shuksan), such as the Artist Point area, but it's a longer drive to get up there, and I haven't gone up around that way yet.

We are considering moving to the Seattle / Vancouver region, partly because of the backpacking opportunities in that region. (And partly because my job opportunities are pretty good there too.)
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Re: North Cascades Washington

Postby southernguy » Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:18 am

My buddy and I are planning a trip there this August. After chatting with some people on the NWHikers site we have decided to spend all of our time in the NC area. We are staying in Concrete the whole time. Following is a list of the hikes we plan to try. Very very ambitious for a couple of 68 year olds.
Saturday the day we arrive Mt Sauk 4.2 miles 1,200 ft We did this hike in 2002 and it is a nice little warm up if we arrive on time
Sunday Railroad grade 6.0 miles 2,100 ft
Monday Hidden Lake 9.0 miles 3,200 ft
Tuesday Cascade pass and part of Sahale arm 7.4 miles to pass 1,800 ft plus whatever we do on Sahale
Wednesday try to recover
Thursday Thornton lakes Trapper's peak 9.4 mi 2,360 to lakes another 1,000 ft gain to peak
Friday Heather/Maple pass 6.5 mi 2,000 ft
As I said, very ambitious (insane?). None of them are extremely long but the elevation gain will be a killer.
There are several videos on youtube and the views look outstanding.
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