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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PandaHouston
Houston, TX6,130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, WA61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, WA1,162 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, WA111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, WA115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, OR9,776 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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leeinoly
Olympia, WA84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Couples
For anyone traveling the North Cascades Loop, the most jaw-dropping views are at the Washington Pass Overlook. It appears that there used to be a very nice facility but it is now closed and only an ordinary toilet replaced it. There wasn;t a sign so we had to find our way, but the trail leads away from the parking lot in the opposite direction from the closed building. For those of us who get a bit squeamish with hights, be assured that the views are just as spectacular several steps back from the railing. The main viewpoint is a barren rock jutting out from the mountainside with just a straight drop down. Be sure to follow the trail around for views in other directions, also.

And a very pleasant stop is to walk the Happy Creek Trail also off Hwy. 20. Its all boardwalk, mostly along the happiest gurgeling little brook in a very old forest. Only 3 tenths of a mile long and very relaxing.
Written August 26, 2013
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Margot E
Gladstone, Australia348 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016
We are from Australia and rented an RV from Seattle to travel around the states. The first thing we did was drive the North Cascades Scenic loop highway. When we got up to Washington Pass Overlook we couldn't believe how beautiful it was. Stunning scenery and there was still thick snow everywhere! As we live in the tropics in Queensland Australia - this was pure joy for us! We played in the snow. It was quite cool up this high.
Written January 11, 2017
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John V
Westminster, CO677 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
This is a must see if you are driving in the area, the views are incredible. Their are also a few bathrooms and a decent amount of parking.
Written July 24, 2020
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