Hiking The Southern Trails

The 3rd most popular hiking trail in Washington.

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The 500,000 acre North Cascade National Park consists of the most rugged, glaciated peaks of the Cascade Range. There are roughly 400 miles of hiking trails through old growth red cedar and hardwood forests. On the eastern edge of Ross Lake, the route up Desolation Peak has 4500 feet of vertical and provides beauty and solitude in sub-alpine meadows.

Also, check out Cascade Pass, Copper Mt. Trail, and Chilliwack Trail

Overall, Southern Trails is the 3rd most popular hiking trail of all 56 hikes in Washington. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Southern Trails including Cascade Pass Trail and Northern Trails.

North Cascades (WA/US)

North Cascades (WA/US)

North Cascades (WA/US)

North Cascades (WA/US)

Southern Trails Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  NCNP (360) 856-5700; WA Tourism (800) 544-1800.

Recommended Book:  "Backpacking Washington" from Craig Romano

Recommended Map:  "North Cascades National Park" from Trails Illustrated

Best Season:  May - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Ross Lake Cabins (206) 386-4437

Reference Source:  click here http://www.nps.gov/noca/

GPS:  47.52, -121.81

Date Published:  12/30/2015

Date Updated:  7/9/2016

ID:  7023

Southern Trails Hiking Map


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