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Get out and explore on foot! Because the landscape and environment change so radically every 100 miles or so along the byway, hikers love vacationing here and taking in a whole bunch of wildly differing hikes. Walk along beaches on Whidbey Island, through tulip and daffodil fields in the Skagit Valley, along alpine ridge lines in the North Cascades National Park, or simply through some of the most scenic, mountain territory you'll find in the Cascade Mountains of Stevens Pass and the Leavenworth area. There is a LOT of diversity in the type of hikes as well as level of difficulty. Some hikes may be mild, requiring a modest level of fitness and/or technical skill, whereas full-on mountaineering-level expeditions are accessible as well.

If you plan to hike or camp, chances are you’ll need a pass of some kind. We wish it were easier to determine which pass you need, but to be honest, we know it’s still confusing. That said, we’ll try our best to help guide you. Permits 

Important Note: Hiking during the COVID-19 outbreak brings its own challenges. Please read through our Pandemic Hiking Guide to help you keep yourself and others safe during this trying time.

Hiking Resources

Hiking During COVID-19
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Trail Etiquette--What are the Rules?
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Permits & Passes
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Hey, Hikers...Leave Those Rocks Alone
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Hikes Around the Loop

Snohomish River Valley Hikes
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Permits & Passes
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Stevens Pass Greenway Hikes
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Leavenworth/Cascade Foothills Hikes
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Wenatchee Valley Hiking
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Lake Chelan Hiking
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Methow Valley Hiking
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North Cascades Hiking
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Skagit Valley & Fidalgo Island Hikes
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Whidbey Island Hikes
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Top 10 Fall Color Corridors on the Cascade Loop
The thing that folks love most about the Cascade Loop is its diversity of views throughout the byway, and fall colors are no exception. The colors are wild and vibrant and showcase a range of colors and textures as you explore the route. Travel counter-clockwise for the best views and know that as always, Mother Nature sets the schedule for when and how the colors change. Typically however, travelers can expect peak colors from the last week of September through mid-October. Special note: due to COVID-19 most Autumn public events… Read More >>>>
Newly Opened Trail In Winthrop Washington - You will Want To See For Yourself
If you’re into mountain biking, we have some exciting news for you from Winthrop Washington! Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance | Methow Chapter has reaped the rewards of a ten-year permitting process to access the national forest around Sun Mountain Lodge for mountain bike trails. The pinnacle of the quarter-million-dollar project is the newly opened Thompson Ridge Trail. This is a single-track trail (not dirt road) which is intended to be ridden clockwise in about three to six hours depending on the cyclist. There really isn’t anything like it in the… Read More >>>>
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