This route features an out and back on Cascade Pass Trail
and the Upper Stehekin Valley Trail. It is a great way to get the dramatic views of the North Cascade mountains and the lush green of Stehekin Valley.
Features: River/Creek — Views — Wildlife
The Cascade Pass Trailhead is the only place that you can drive into North Cascades National Park. All other park access is via a trailhead or a road in another park (National Recreation Area or National Forest). This route is the only way to start and end in the park.
From the start, you'll be faced with a challenging 2,750 climb on the Cascade Pass Trail
to get to the pass. This involves some technical, rocky terrain but no scree. The descent into the valley is gradual with several water crossings. The Upper Stehekin Valley Trail is nice singletrack, and you'll enjoy the scenic views of this lush green valley. The return back to the Cascade Pass Trailhead does provide for views that are not seen on the way down.