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Address: North Cascades National Park, WA
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A scenic trail passing by lakes and meadows.

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Hard hike with stunning views

This is an 8 mile loop. Most people go counter clockwise but if you go clockwise you get the steep switch backs out of the way. (easier on the knees) On a clear day you can see... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 14, 2015
Okanogan, Washington
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Okanogan, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

This is an 8 mile loop. Most people go counter clockwise but if you go clockwise you get the steep switch backs out of the way. (easier on the knees) On a clear day you can see forever from the top. Wonderful view down at Ann lake. Trail is a little tricky to find up on top of the pass.

Thank Helen223
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015 via mobile

Hiked this October 3rd and all the fall colors were out in full glory. The larches we're golden beauties. It's an absolutely amazing and jaw dropping hike with so much to offer every hiker. Well worth the effort. I took so many pictures my phone went dead so take along a backup battery pack! Make sure to take the trail... More 

Thank S_May09
West Linn, Oregon
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Great hike, moderately difficult, beautiful views both directions. To really appreciate the beauty of NCNP you need to get up and away from the road and this is a great way to so it. Huge views in all directions from the top. On a nice day on the weekend tons of people too but it doesn't really deter from the... More 

Thank trattle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

This was a recommended hike that did not disappoint. It's of medium difficulty, with some beautiful views. We hiked it in the fall and the foliage colors were spectacular. The lake views were special. You hike up enough to get a great view of the peaks in the North Cascades National Park. You even get to reach the edge of... More 

Thank Paulajcake
Albany, New York
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

We got extremely lucky with the weather and could see for miles. The views were absolutely stunning and the hike was not too difficult. Definitely worth it!

Thank Jenn A
West Fargo, North Dakota
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Favorite hike of our visit to North Cascades. We have 3 children age 14, 12, & 10. The kids did better then me. Bring water and snacks. I found the incline challenging but I am from flat Fargo ND. Well worth the views. We did it counter clockwise. I would highly recommend the hike. Not a lot of people on... More 

1 Thank jkbRN
Federal Way, Washington
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272 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Stunning up-hill hike on moderate switchbacks. Bypass lake Ann in favor of continuing up hill to Heather Pass, about 3 hours for a 70 year old. We turned around at Maple Pass because daylight was waning. Took 2 hours back. Wear good boots to match the sometimes rocky trail. Take at least 1 ltr. of water each.

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Winchester, Virginia
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435 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Note this trail is NOT in the park but east of the eastern entrance. That being said, it is a great loop hike. We packed up and headed towards Glacier Nat Park and it did this hike first thing in the morning. We were there early July, still snow on the ground but lots of wildflowers. We did it counter... More 

1 Thank nriemen
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44 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

This is truly a beautiful hike. You'll see fields of snow, meadows of wildflowers and scenic peaks (at least we did in the beginning of July). One thing we neglected to bring, however, was bug spray. Between the biting flies and mosquitoes you WILL need it. Trust me when I say I will be back to enjoy this hike with... More 

1 Thank sillverskyy
Boston, Massachusetts
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33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

although it was a cloudy day, and sometimes raining. We visited Columbia River Gorge, spent 3 days in Mount Rainier NP, 3 days in North Cascades and 5 days in Olympic NP on a two weeks northwest trip at the end of summer 2014, hiked Skyline, Burroughs, and a few other trails in MRNP, Switchbacks, rainforest, Cape Alava and Shi-Shi... More 

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