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Often dubbed “the American Alps” due to the jagged mountain peaks, open alpine meadows, stunning rivers, and wooded valleys, the North Cascades are an absolute gem for anyone who appreciates wild backpacking trips! With miles upon miles of trails and breathtaking vistas at every turn, the northern part of the colossal Cascade Range will definitely not fail to deliver. While traversing this rugged wilderness west to east, the area offers numerous ecoregions and superb terrain. Discover temperate rainforests in the shadows of Mt. Baker and old-growth forests to the scenic mountain passes, jaw-dropping mountains, splendid rivers, and glacial turquoise lakes. The North Cascades are also known for their biodiversity and abundant wildlife, making this a perfect opportunity to trek through unspoiled wilderness. Join a guide, pack lightly, and come see what all the fuss is about!
Discover the ever-changing terrain and rich flora and fauna
Feel a sense of tranquility and admire the otherworldly vistas
Captivating wilderness allows for amazing photo ops every step of the way
Backpacking with Jack taught me so much! You can tell he’s made the mountains his home — thanks for an awesome trip!
Wow! This trip showed me what a waste a heavy backpack is. Thanks for changing the way I experience the mountains. Less is more.
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in the North Cascades, WA, please refer to Washington State Department of Health and Washington State Coronavirus Response.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
What’s not included:
In order to participate in this fast-paced adventure, you need to be in prime hiking shape and an intermediate to advanced backpacker. You’ll be moving quickly and covering lots of ground. You need to be ready to push yourself and be in shape for this trip so that you can walk long hours. You’ll be hiking 10-20 miles per day on trails over rugged terrain with elevation gain ranging from 900-2600 m. You need to be ready to leave the weight behind and bring the bare essentials—all with the help of your guide.
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and prices:
Backpacking in the North Cascades can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
If your group has backpackers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
To get to the North Cascades, most people fly into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, about 2.5 hours from North Cascades National Park. From there, you can rent a car or ride the light rail to get to downtown Seattle, where you’ll meet up with your guide and drive through Skagit Valley towards the Hannegan Pass trailhead.
You can also arrange your own transportation to Whatcom Falls State Park.The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.