9 Top Hikes in North Cascades National Park

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3. Hidden Lake

The Hidden Lake Trail in North Cascades National Park isn’t necessarily a beginner-friendly trek, but gain the legs and experience to make this rugged, nine-mile round-trip, and you’ll be rewarded for your efforts. Accessed via the North Cascades Highway (Hwy 20), plus a few additional miles on Forest Service Roads, the Hidden Lake Trail takes you through the many rich environments exposed by the North Cascades.

The first mile of the Hidden Lake trail navigates through a dense forest before emerging into meadowlands and avalanche chutes. The trail finally rests upon outstanding views of the surrounding North Cascade Mountain crest, including Mount Forbidden, Boston Peak, and Sahale Mountain, as well as the aptly named Hidden Lake tucked into the horizon. To really capture this entire scene of North Cascade splendor, a retired fire lookout stands at the top of this hike, offering first-come, first-served overnight accommodations or just a great place to catch your breath and enjoy the fresh mountain scenery.

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