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“Pretty Enough”

North Cascades Highway
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Owner description: A scenic highway measuring 132 miles.
Reviewed September 28, 2012

It's hard to rate this one. Having been to the East Coast during the "Leaf Peeper" season, this one falls a bit short. The color really depends on the season. If our rain starts in September or off and on during August, the colors can be glorious----Washington glorious (mostly yellow), not East Coast glorious. The scenery is beautiful to me because I love mountains in any way, shape or form; and I'm an avid hiker so I'm always on the look-out for possible hiking areas. For scenery this is definitely pretty and once over the mountains the drier east side in this northern part of Washington is quiet and serene---very pretty in a lonesome way. But for astounding, breathtaking views from the CAR, it's pretty hard to beat Chinook Pass down by Mt. Rainier. In my opinion it's prettier but the traffic is horrendous in the summer. Nasty, nasty. On the NCH the road after a bit takes on a country road feel from all the harsh winters; curvy, narrow, a little irregular. Travel is slow from the numerous lumbering motor homes negotiating the very windy, up and down, narrow roads. But there are many turnouts for picture taking and about the time you're ready to pull your hair out, you'll find you're entering sweet little Winthrop. Many shops and a delicious ice cream cone will prepare you for the battle with the motor homes and PACKS of Harleys headed back over the pass. Travelers get an early start (6 AM) to race each other for the front of the line, but evening travel can be a little lighter.

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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Beautiful. You didn't have to leave your car to see hanging glaciers, waterfalls and unbelievable mountains. Once we did leave the car, however, the hiking was wonderful. The most memorable hike was to Cascade Pass. One of the best parts was having to cross the snow fields on the way. My daughters loved that! Once we got to the top, we hung out on the rock wall and even saw a mountain goat in the distance. We are thinking about going back again next year!

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Reviewed September 8, 2012

My husband and I drove the Northern Cascades Highway, heading towards Canada, and were awed by stunning vistas around every turn. There are a couple of conveniently located scenic rest-stops along the way, so if you feel the urge to pull over to the side of the road for photos, just wait, as the park service thought of that already! We didn't have a chance to do any hiking, but hope to come back some day.

1  Thank Mahan25
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

Incredibly scenic with photo ops and hiking options. Summer blue skies should bring out the colors of Ross and Diablo lakes below. Research the drive before you go. This highway is closed part of the year.

1  Thank rootsandshoots
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

Just a simple drive across the Cascades should lift even the lowest of spirits. Plenty of opportunities to stop and take a closer look too.

Thank FosdickX
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