By Robert Earle Howells

Cascade Pass to Sahale Arm Trail

When to Go: July to September

Round-Trip: 14 Miles

Level: Challenging Day Hike

Cascade Pass Trail is the most direct route to the heady essence of the North Cascades—true alpine high country with craggy summits that look like multiplied Matterhorns. After six miles and nearly 4,000 feet of gain, you also come face-to-face with the foot of the Sahale Glacier and views of trophy peaks, such as Johannesburg, with its hanging glaciers, and even Rainier in the far distance on a clear day.

Insider Tip: Make it an overnight by camping at Sahale Glacier and bag 8,425-foot Sahale Peak by way of the glacier the next day. You’ll need an ice ax and crampons.

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