Valleys and Glaciers of the North Cascades
Seattle, WA5.0 (8 reviews)
- Max 3 Guests
- Incredible Camps
- Abundant Wildlife
- Mountain Solitude
- Alpine Hiking
- Waterfalls & Wildflowers
- Pristine Creeks & Rivers
This trip features what is arguably the most spectacular mountain scenery in Washington State. Limited by campsite capacity to a max of 3 guests and 1 guide, we follow a series of stunning sub-alpine basins with dramatic views of the jagged peaks of the North Cascades. Along with deep, breathtaking valleys and impressive glaciers, we enjoy stunning meadows, abundant wild huckleberries, and rich wildlife habitat.
Our hike begins with a steep climb up to a mountain pass with tremendous views, and then back down the other side to a pristine creek. A rest day at along this creek will afford us plenty of time for relaxing, dipping in cold mountain waters, and exploring a nearby mountain basin and historic mine. On day 3 we’ll climb back up to the pass from Day 1, and then farther up towards a prominent glacier and a dramatic, exposed campsite at 7,600 feet with peaks stretched out as far as the eye can see. Finally, we’ll drop back into the valleys that brought us up high and descend the familiar switchbacks to our vehicle.
$2785 Per Person
DIFFICULTY LEVEL 4
Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult
This trip follows mostly well maintained trails, but with some very steep sections. Overall it has significant elevation gains/losses on steep trails, which is why it has a Difficulty 4 rating. On Day 3 we have a 4,400 feet elevation climb over 6.5 miles, which is a very big day with packs. We have to make it the entire distance on this day because there’s nowhere else to camp. There are also sections with moderate heights exposure.
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PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THIS TRIP
- Hiking uphill or downhill with a 35-45 lb backpack for 6-10 hours
- Climbing 4,400 feet over 6.5 miles with a 35-45 lb backpack, with no option for stopping and camping anywhere else
- Maintaining balance and footing on significantly rugged terrain
- Hiking with occasional, moderate heights exposure
SOLITUDE LEVEL 4
1 least solitude, 5 most solitude
We rate this North Cascades National Park hike a solitude 4. You can expect to see a couple other groups of hikers per day.
Seattle is one of the United States’ most convenient cities to travel to. SeaTac (Seattle-Tacoma) Airport is one of the most easily accessed destinations in the country. Many major cities in the United States and internationally offer direct flights into Seattle. Please stay at one of our recommended hotels (coming soon!), all of which have airport shuttles so you do not have to rent a vehicle.
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Our sliding scale for private trips is based on the final number of guests in your group. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax, national park fees or guide gratuity. The final rate is based on the actual number of guests on the trip and may adjust based on cancellations or additions.
Please Note: you can also enjoy a private trip at our normal scheduled rates by filling any empty tour to capacity. However, if group members drop from the tour those spots will automatically become available on our website for instant booking. By purchasing a private trip at the rates listed below, your trip will remain exclusive to your group regardless of cancellations.
Private Rates FOr This Trip
- 2 People: Rate x 2.5
- 3 People: Rate x 1.75
- 4 People: Rate x 1.25
- 5+ People: Rate x 1.15
*all rates are per person