Don’t expect to work up a sweat on this trail. The final destination is more like a hop, skip, and jump away from the trailhead, rather than a heart pumping hike. Even though it’s short, it’s definitely worth a visit. Those who have visited this trail agree it is a must when driving along the North Cascades Highway. Plus, it gives your pup a chance to get out of the car and stretch their legs!
Washington Pass rises to a height of 5,500 feet in elevation and is the dividing line between eastern and western Washington. Instead of just driving past the magnificent mountains, this trail gives your pup the chance to see them in all their glory. Follow the flat paved loop to a puptacular overlook at the top of a ledge. Enjoy panoramic views of the North Cascade Peaks, particularly Liberty Bell Mountain which is over 8,000 feet tall. Interpretive signs are posted so your furry BFF can learn all about the region. Be sure to get a photo of you and your pup with the gorgeous peaks in the background. As you mosey back to the barking lot, check out the wildflowers along the path.
Keep in mind that the North Cascades Highway is not open
during the winter; so this view is limited to the summer months only. Although
the trailhead does not have water, primitive restrooms are available. There are
also picnic tables. You won’t find a more beautiful spot to eat lunch, so pack
a sandwich and hang out with your pooch for a while. If your pup is still a bit
restless after this trail, there are plenty of hikes nearby. Kangaroo Ridge and
Blue Lake Trailhead are just minutes from the Overlook parking lot. Don’t forget to clean up after you pal. This
little hike will definitely make your pup’s tail wag!