ElevationAscent: 2,161' 659 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 7,557' 2,303 m
Low: 5,397' 1,645 m
GradeAvg Grade: 18% (10°)
Max Grade: 57% (30°)
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“Well worth the trek beyond Cascade Pass for amazing views in the heart of the North Cascades”— Megan O.
Plenty of people take a day to travel up to Cascade Pass each summer on the western side of North Cascades NP. The parking area beyond Marblemount Ranger Station is also a trailhead for backpacking to Steheken on Lake Chelan to the south, or Sahale Arm to the north from the Pass. If you're looking to add extra singletrack, an epic scramble, incredible views in the heart of the North Cascades, or even a remote glacier climb, head up to Sahale Arm.
Easy to follow switchbacks all the way up to Cascade Pass. From the pass, you'll want to make a left (north) turn from the overlook to keep moving on towards Sahale Arm. There will be a well defined trail, and there are rock cairns places when the trail passes over rocky terrain. Along the way, visitors will cross a couple of snowfields, and follow some narrow trail sections with beautiful views for about 2 miles. From the base of the glacier, you'll have many options. Some turn back and head back toward the pass, though you can continue up to the glacier. Be prepared for proper glacier travel if you intend to continue!
The route is perfect for an overnight trip though the entire route from the trailhead would be a doable but very long day trip.
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Land Manager: NPS - North Cascades National Park