Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Cascade Pass and Sahale Arm

I have been itching to hike in the North Cascades this summer, but was deterred by a thunder storm in July. Thankfully, it was rescheduled and am happy to report I hiked to the Sahale Arm last Sunday.
Cascade Pass/Sahale Arm - 12 miles roundtrip / 4000 ft. elevation gain.
From Marblemount, we drove 23 miles on alternating paved and dirt road taking us about 40 minutes to get to the trail head. For a first timer, the view from the parking lot feels intimidating.

We arrived at the trail head at 7:20 and hit the trail by 7:40am.

The trail starts out with a gradual incline with numerous switchbacks. We counted 35.

After the switchbacks, it's a nice sideways hike to Cascade Pass.

 There are two signs at Cascade Pass. 1. Stehekin and 2. Toilet
We didn't use it, but can imagine the view must be great!

After Cascade Pass, the next 35 minutes were the steepest to the Sahale Arm.

 But worth it!

Here's Doubtful Lake. We didn't venture down, but continued up to the Sahale Arm.

Pictured above is the Sahale Glacier. We found a spot on the Arm out of the way of the wind and ate our snacks and smiled at the views.

Highly recommend this hike!

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