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North Cascades N.P. - Cascade Pass/Sahale Arm

The only road within North Cascades National Park proper heads to just below Cascade Pass and because of this road this hike offers the easiest accessibility to the alpine areas of any in the park. Additionally, this trail affords the most scenery for the least amount of effort of just about any hike in Washington. Naturally it is one of and probably the most popular trail in the park because of this. The scenery more than makes up for the crowds. I visited for the first time in August 2003 and came back again in October 2003 with a party visiting from out of town. During the August visit a fire was raging to the West somewhere in the Glacier Peak wilderness and this led to smoke pouring over Johannesburg and up the North Fork Cascade River drainage. In October the skies were clear and the foliage was turning red at the onset of Autumn. Here are some of the pictures from this beautiful hike:
Afternoon Forest Scene With Light Filtered Through Smoke
Afternoon Forest Scene With Light Filtered Through Smoke
Doubtful Lake Island
Doubtful Lake Island
Cascade Pass, Triplets, Cascade Peak, Johannesburg
Cascade Pass, Triplets, Cascade Peak, Johannesburg
Mount Torment
Mount Torment
Hiker Descending Cascade Pass Trail
Hiker Descending Cascade Pass Trail
Wildflowers
Wildflowers
Booker Mountain
Booker Mountain
Johannesburg
Johannesburg
Doubtful Lake Basin
Doubtful Lake Basin
Pelton Basin from Cascade Pass in Autumn
Pelton Basin from Cascade Pass in Autumn
Sahale Arm in Autumn
Sahale Arm in Autumn
Sahale Arm in Summer
Sahale Arm in Summer
Wildflower
Wildflower
Johannesburg
Johannesburg
Smoke Over Johannesburg
Smoke Over Johannesburg
Fall Foliage
Fall Foliage
Deer Again
Deer Again
Eldorado
Eldorado
Sahale Southeast Ridge
Sahale Southeast Ridge
Cache Col (Slide)
Cache Col (Slide)
Sahale Peak
Sahale Peak
Johannesburg Waterfall
Johannesburg Waterfall
Hidden Lake Peaks
Hidden Lake Peaks
Trail Ascending to Cascade Pass
Trail Ascending to Cascade Pass
Sun and Smoke
Sun and Smoke
Sahale Arm Rock Field
Sahale Arm Rock Field
Cache Col
Cache Col
Hiker Along Talus Field
Hiker Along Talus Field
El Dorado Glacier
El Dorado Glacier
Fall Colors
Fall Colors
Johannesburg Glaciers
Johannesburg Glaciers
McGregor
McGregor
Stehekin River Valley
Stehekin River Valley
Pelton and Magic
Pelton and Magic
Pelton Area Basin
Pelton Area Basin
The Triad
The Triad
Yawning Glacier
Yawning Glacier
Sahale
Sahale
Cascade Peak Greenery
Cascade Peak Greenery
Glory Mtn
Glory Mtn
Pelton Basin Hillside
Pelton Basin Hillside
Pelton Peak
Pelton Peak
Sahale Arm
Sahale Arm
Sahale Ridgeline
Sahale Ridgeline
The Triad
The Triad
Mt. Torment
Mt. Torment
Sahale Basin Rocks and Greenery
Sahale Basin Rocks and Greenery
Pelton and Friends
Pelton and Friends
Rocky Meadows
Rocky Meadows
Johannesburg Waterfalls
Johannesburg Waterfalls
Stehekin River Valley
Stehekin River Valley
Magic Mountain
Magic Mountain
Edge of Sahale Peak
Edge of Sahale Peak
Cascade Pass from above
Cascade Pass from above
Hidden Lake Peaks, The Triad, El Dorado
Hidden Lake Peaks, The Triad, El Dorado
The Triad
The Triad
Glory Mtn and Trappers Peak
Glory Mtn and Trappers Peak
Smoke in Cascade Valley
Smoke in Cascade Valley
El Dorado Glacier
El Dorado Glacier
Glory Mtn, Trappers, and Pelton
Glory Mtn, Trappers, and Pelton
Cascade Pass Below
Cascade Pass Below
Trappers Lake Area
Trappers Lake Area
Autumn Hillside
Autumn Hillside
The Triplets
The Triplets
That's No Ordinary Rabbit! Run Away! Run Away!
That's No Ordinary Rabbit! Run Away! Run Away!
Johannesburg Slopes
Johannesburg Slopes
Sahale Peak and Doubtful Lake
Sahale Peak and Doubtful Lake
Cascade Peak
Cascade Peak
Mt. Forbidden...er...make that Mt. Torment
Mt. Forbidden...er...make that Mt. Torment
Wildfire Smoke Over Johannesburg
Wildfire Smoke Over Johannesburg
Mix Up Peak
Mix Up Peak
The Triad
The Triad