North Cascades & Olympic National Park

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North Cascades & Olympic National Park

by slowfoto » Tue May 25, 2010 10:58 pm

Planning a visit this summer. Interested in insightful ideas on most overwhelmingly beautiful & adventurous ways to see the parks.

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by Snidely Whiplash » Wed May 26, 2010 3:46 pm

North Cascades National Park: Drive through Marblemount to the end of the Cascade River Road and take the trail to Cascade Pass (about 3.5 miles). For better views, take the trail from Cascade Pass north up Sahale Arm. This will open up probably some of the most expansive views in the North Cascades. This is a very popular and easy trail.

Olympic National Park: Drive up to Hurricane Ridge and hike any of the numerous trails up there. The Olympic Mountains have the disadvantage (advantage?) that most of the alpine terrain is attainable only through very long approaches and multi-day backpacks. Hurricane Ridge is one of the few exceptions.

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Re: North Cascades & Olympic National Park

by Worms » Sat Jun 12, 2010 5:25 pm

slowfoto wrote:beautiful & adventurous

Ptarmigan Traverse http://www.summitpost.org/view_object.php?object_id=154644
Mountaineering required.

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Cascade visit

by Norman » Sat Jun 12, 2010 11:17 pm

Airplanes are good...no mountaineering experience required...
http://www.summitpost.org/custom-object ... cades.html


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