Washington Pass Overlook Trail

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Trail Distance: 0.2 miles
Time Estimate: 20 min+
Elevation Gain: 69 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: Yes
Description

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!

Trail Features
Easy Incline, Mountains
Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
This pawsome trail is quite pupular, and you may have a tough time finding a parking spot.
Address
North Cascades Highway
Mazama, WA 98833
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
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Address
North Cascades Highway
Mazama, WA 98833
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours