Hike Sahale Arm via Cascade Pass

Cascade Pass Trailhead

Enjoy this picturesque landscape of alpine meadows, which at 7500' feet would seem more fitting as rock peaks and ice.

To get to this hike, go to Marblemount, WA. Then, drive ~23 miles east on Cascade River Road until the end, the Cascade Pass trailhead. Even before you hit the trail, you'll get an amazing view of Johannesburg Mountain.

Once you're ready to get going, the initial 3.7 miles of this hike to Cascade Pass are moderate in difficulty. If you're headed out with the family, this is a doable day hike as long as your end goal is Cascade Pass. The first two miles will get you moving a bit as you'll climb up 1400 feet. From here, the trail levels out for the next 1.7 miles.

If you're up for continuing to Sahale Arm, get ready for the first mile to gain around 800 feet. You'll eventually reach a junction with the trail 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, you'll make it to the base of Sahale Glacier. If you don't have the appropriate climbing gear, be sure to stay off it and enjoy the amazing views from the top.

If you're heading up to the Cascade pass, be sure to see if the road is closed or snow covered. The best time to go on this hike is mid-summer through fall.

Pack List

  • Hiking boots
  • Daypack
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
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RT Distance 12 Miles
Elevation Gain 3800 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers

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Those seemingly endless switchbacks though...

Looks like a beautiful place, but unfortunately, like Mike, I was in the thick of clouds the whole journey, only catching glimpses of neighboring peaks through a gap in the clouds. Having said that, after seeing so little of this place, I can only imagine how stunning it is on a clear day! Prepare for a long journey to get to the views though, those switchbacks do seem to go one forever! Coupled with a 13 mile gravel road in less than great condition you'll have to work for those views. Will definitely come back on a clear day for a snowy ascent!

Cloud Monster

Less than .25 miles from the glacier! A cloud as transparent as concrete rolled over Cascade Pass and its neighboring peaks as I was less than a quarter mile from the Sahale Glacier. It remains a mystery to me still what the views from the top would look like. To be returned to one day...I vow!


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