Backpack to Sahale Glacier Camp

Cascade Pass Trailhead

Distance

12 Miles

Elevation Gain

4000 Feet

Activities

Camping, Photography, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Scott Kranz

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic
Wildlife

Backpack to Cascade Pass and then along the Sahale Arm to Sahale Glacier Camp, where you'll enjoy a night among some of the most stunning North Cascade peaks.

As an initial note, to spend an overnight at Sahale Glacier Camp, you need to obtain a permit at the North Cascades Ranger Station in Marblemount, Washington. Permits are limited, so get there early or call in advance.

To start, go to Marblemount, WA and then drive ~23 miles east on Cascade River Road until the end, the Cascade Pass trailhead. From the trailhead, you'll see amazing views of Johannesburg Mountain, the Triplets, and other North Cascade Peaks

Hike the initial 3.7 miles to Cascade Pass, a section of the trip that is moderate in difficulty. The first 2+ miles are switchbacks that seem like they never end. But, they do end ... eventually.

From Cascade Pass, follow the signs for Sahale Arm, and get ready for the first mile to gain around 800 feet. Once you get on top of Sahale Arm, you'll follow a well-defined trail and eventually reach a junction with another trail that goes down to Doubtful Lake. Stay to the left on the Sahale Arm trail and don't lose the elevation you've gained as you continue to climb. Eventually, as you continue to follow the main trail along Sahale Arm, the trail steepens and reaches a few small boulder fields. Follow rock cairns and stick with the trail, even if it becomes faint. Eventually, you'll make it to the base of Sahale Glacier at about 7600 feet elevation, where there is a compost toilet and designated camp sites with primitive rock walls. There is no camping on Sahale Arm itself; only at the designated spots at the Sahale Glacier Camp.

Enjoy an evening, night, and morning at a beautiful camp below the Sahale Glacier and with unparalleled view of the North Cascades.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Nearby Lodging

From $55/night

LOGE Leavenworth

Leavenworth, Washington

From $400/night

LOGE at The Pass Life

Snoqualmie Pass, Washington

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Stunning!

This looks amazing. The photos help! Definitely putting this on my list!

Distance

12 Miles

Elevation Gain

4000 Feet

Activities

Camping, Photography, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Scott Kranz

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