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“World Class Hike”
Review of Cascade Pass

Cascade Pass
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This moderate hiking trail climbs up to 5,384 feet elevation.
Reviewed 8 December 2013

The scenery in the North Cascades is breath-taking and Cascade Pass does not disappoint. The only downside for us on this hike was that the road had been washed out and we had to hike an additional three miles each way to reach the trail head. So our nine mile hike turned into fifteen. The parking lot at the trail head is beautiful by itself. Cascades of water seem to be falling everywhere from the mountains surrounding the pass. We went in August and we saw lots of wild flowers. We were even fortunate enough to see a bear not far from Doubtful Lake. I'd recommend staying in a group :) Plus, we saw a marmot and the most friendly pika I've ever encountered. You only see pika at high elevation in the rocks. While normally very elusive, this little guy put on a show. Pikas are a pure joy to watch. Overall, an awesome hike that is guaranteed to bring joy to the soul. Note: We did experience a few clouds, however this did not damper the experience and it's quite nice to hike the temperature is in the 60s instead of 90s or 100s found back home.

2  Thank GeddyGolf
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

We visited in late September, and on the day we planned to hike it was rainy and overcast, but we continued on. To get to the trailhead we drove 23 miles beyond Marblemount on a road that turns to gravel about halfway in. We were informed that parts of the road had been washed out in previous weeks, but had been repaired before we got there. The first few miles are switchbacks through a dense forest, but at the edges we could catch glimpses of mountains and glaciers. There were very few hikers on the trail that day, but we hiked part of the way up with a Park Ranger who was on his way up to Sahale Glacier. Once we were out of the switchbacks, it was a slight incline most of the rest of the way. As we got closer to the pass it became very windy and the temperature was dropping quickly. We heard Sahale Glacier is beautiful, but the weather was rapidly deteriorating and we decided not to go further. Visibility was not very good at the pass, but I'm sure it would be beautiful on a clear day. 1700' elevation gain, 7.4 miles roundtrip.

1  Thank _0mkq0_
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Reviewed 13 September 2013

nice well maintained trail. On most days you will meet a park ranger on the trail. did not see much wildlife. The view of the pass is ok. It gets really good towards Sahale glacier which is an additional 2 miles or so with 1200 ft elevation gain. The views of Boston glacier and Doubtful Lake below were spectacular

2  Thank sangoy
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

For the hike itself, maybe I was expecting more. We had done the Chain Lakes Loop at Mt Baker the day before and it was non-stop scenery for 6.5 miles. Most of the hike to Cascade Pass is through the forest with little scenery and some 30+ switchbacks. The biggest problem heading up were the bugs. I rarely break down and use repellent, but I was left with no choice. For the record, we hiked here on August 7th.

Once we cleared the trees the bugs dissipated and we came upon some fantastic scenery heading to the pass. The views made it worth the effort as we ate our packed lunch at the top. The road driving up was in good shape and we made it in about 40 minutes, not the hour I've read in many places.

4  Thank relayer
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

I guess quite a few people are confusing "Cascade Pass trail" with the park itself. Cascade pass trailhead is located at the end of Cascade River Road at Marblemount, off Hwy 20 at milepost 106, next to a Shell and a Chevron gas stations. It's a 23mi drive to the trailhead, however, be aware that there's 12mi of gravel road and it takes about 1hr to drive in or out. Passenger cars are fine though. The trail is 7.4mi round trip with 1700ft elevation gain, but with easy switchbacks in the woods, so it's mostly shaded and not a difficult climb. Rangers say the trail is good for kids and that's quite true. The mountain views are stunning--some say it's better than the Alps :-) Not sure if I would agree, but the hike was totally worthwhile. Don't worry if it's fogged up in the morning--once you're above the tree line, you'll see peaks surrounded by fog and clouds, making you think about paradise. Such a surreal experience!

7  Thank oceanflower
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