Washington Pass Overlook
Washington Pass Overlook
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Scenic overlook from which you can see famous natural sights including the Liberty Bell Peak and Early Winter Spires.
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Rishu S
New York City, NY58 contributions
Jul 2020
Reach early so that you can have a piece of heaven to yourself. We went on a perfect day, sunny and crisp. There were a lot of people there but everyone was being respectful and gave time to other for pictures. We saw an adventurer on the top of the tower mountains doing a rope walk and he fell a few times which made my heart sink but the adrenaline was high with that guy. Nevertheless must watch place and can go back a million times.
Written April 26, 2021
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GoAlong2
Seattle, WA831 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
A short trail through the woods leads to a viewpoint at the top of a rocky cliff (with railings to keep you away from the edge). The views look across the valley to rugged rocky peaks with snow fields above the tree line and a view of the highway far below. A great stop along highway 20.
Written August 29, 2020
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Lori L
California220 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
A MUST if you’re coming to North Cascades. The Washington Pass Outlook entrance was closed in mid-June, but you can park outside the locked gates and walk in about half of a mile. Once you get there, you’ll get to the top and see the most amazing views of the park. The peaks and a look down into valley are stunning. A quick 30-45 minute stop, well worth it.
Written June 19, 2021
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX6,206 contributions
Aug 2021
We visited on Tuesday 8/10 when the area was impacted by wildfires. In fact we had to cancel our hotel reservations in Winthrop and stay in Bellingham because part of Highway 20 was closed.

However, on the days we visited, our views were not impacted by the wildfires, including our quick visit to Washington Pass Overlook. I believe this was the last place you could visit on Highway 20 before the closure, at least based on Google Maps.

The views from the Washington Pass Overlook were really nice!
Written August 20, 2021
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Abbycreek Inn
3 contributions
Apr 2022
One of the best places along the Cascade Mountains. If you have a chance, this is a must stop. Nice parking lot and well kept. We had about a Quarter mile walk to the look out. The view was amazing. Well worth it.
Written June 22, 2022
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WWUDad
Poulsbo, WA68 contributions
Jun 2013 • Family
If you only stop one time when driving hwy 20, make sure it is here! This stop has a great parking area and very nice, easy trail up to the top where you will see some of the best views to be had anywhere in the U.S. I have been a Washington resident my entire life, and have been around the world (including the Swiss Alps), and I am always amazed at how stunningly beautiful this transition point from Western to Eastern Washington is.

Once at the top of the outlook (actually a fairly large area among scattered alpine firs), you have so many breath-taking views, you'll not know where to begin, and you won't want to leave. This place is entirely serene and exhilarating at the same time. Wander atop the mammoth rock surfaces and marvel at the range of views from Liberty Bell Mountain and Early Winters Spires to the road far, far below. If the sun is at your back, you can actually cast a shadow to what looks like 1,000 feet to the valley road below. Truly an amazing place, and alone worth a drive from Seattle!
Written October 13, 2013
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Mimie W
Spokane, WA1,173 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
I have visited this park twice already and it remained beautiful despite the fires that ravaged the Evergreen trees. Be prepared for the sudden changes in temperature as you reached the Overlook as it could drop to the low 30's. My husband and I always end up taking out our thick sweaters and caps from the back of our Subaru to keep us from freezing. In both times that we visited this park late in September, the mountain tops were snow-capped.

There are several pullouts to park your car, take time to enjoy the view, and don't forget to look behind you. Sometimes, the most scenic view is the one you just left behind!

For those who are interested, there are several areas of the park ideal for camping and hiking, take time to study a map of the park before you venture to find these places. There are no state-owned lodges like you'd find in Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon. This park is for rough-country campers. It is untamed.
Written November 21, 2016
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ranajoysanyal
Redmond, WA114 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
easily accessible overlook just off US 20. We could not drive all the way to the parking lot since part of the road was closed; had to park earlier and walk a bit on the road, then take a small trail over packed ice to reach the overlook. Overall walking distance ~ 1.5 miles roundtrip

the views of the road and trees far far below flanked by the snow-capped mountains are just WOW; a highlight of our road trip along the North Cascades Highway
Written May 12, 2015
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Glenn N
Seattle, WA117 contributions
Nov 2014 • Family
If you are driving the North Cascades Highway, there really is no reason whatsoever to bypass this. You can park in a very nearby lot festooned with restroom facilities, then after about a block's walk on a paved, handicap-accessible trail, you will behold some of the most breathtaking scenery in what you've no doubt found to be one of the most breathtaking drives you've ever taken.
Written April 1, 2015
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OregonExplorer
Banks, OR9,608 contributions
Sep 2014 • Solo
At most "overlooks", you just pull off in a parking area and look out at a pretty view. Leg-stretcher time and a quick snapshot. But, this Overlook at Washington Pass was delightful! You could walk around on a trail-a couple different options-and take in the scenery all around you. You absorb the atmosphere of the mountains and feel their magic, right there off the highway. There is a spot where the trail goes over a rocky area and makes you feel like you are actually on an adventure more than just a quick stop to take a snapshot. A very well-done overlook---thank you, State of Washington.
Written October 3, 2014
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Washington Pass Overlook (North Cascades National Park) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

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  • Sun - Sat 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM