Day Hike! North Cascades, 2nd Edition: The Best Trails You Can Hike In a Day [NOOK Book]

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A guide written just for people who want to spend their days in the mountains and their nights back at home. DAY HIKE! uncovers the best trails for the day tripper, whether you’re a newbie hiker or a veteran with hundreds of miles on your boots. Northwest trail expert Mike McQuaide leads us to 60 of the best day hike trails in the North Cascades from Rockport to the Canadian border, Bellingham to Twisp. Day Hike! North Cascades describes classic routes—from easy to moderate to extreme—giving ...
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Overview

A guide written just for people who want to spend their days in the mountains and their nights back at home. DAY HIKE! uncovers the best trails for the day tripper, whether you’re a newbie hiker or a veteran with hundreds of miles on your boots. Northwest trail expert Mike McQuaide leads us to 60 of the best day hike trails in the North Cascades from Rockport to the Canadian border, Bellingham to Twisp. Day Hike! North Cascades describes classic routes—from easy to moderate to extreme—giving hikers the choices they want. Entertaining, accurate, and contemporary writing make this guide the one to keep near the water bottles.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570617607
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books
  • Publication date: 1/4/2011
  • Series: Day Hike!
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,353,431
  • File size: 16 MB
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Meet the Author

Mike McQuaide is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to The Seattle Times. His articles have appeared in Runner's World, Outside, USA Today, Adventure Cyclist, and many other publications and websites. The author of several other hiking books, he
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Sample new trail:

#15 Patterson Mountain

Rating: ***
Distance: 4.6-mile loop
Hiking Time: 2-1/2 hours
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
High Point: 3,511 feet
Difficulty Level: Moderately difficult
Best Season: Spring and fall; can be hot in summer; snow-covered throughout winter (Note: Most years, from late November to mid-April, miles 134 to 170 of Highway 20 are closed because of snow. Check wsdot.wa.gov for the latest conditions.)
Permits/Contact: None required; Methow Valley Sport Trails Association, 509/996-3287; Okanogan National Forest, 509/996-4003
Maps: USGS Winthrop, Green Trails Sun Mountain 83S
Trail Notes: Leashed dogs allowed; far-reaching views of the Methow Valley, North Cascades, and beyond; kid-friendly

The Hike
This short, not-too-strenuous loop trail outside Winthrop offers expansive Methow Valley stretching from Mazama at the foot of the North Cascades and far to the east and the Twisp end of the world. Sweet views of Patterson Lake directly below too. A nice introduction to hiking for the kiddies.

Getting There
Head east on Highway 20 to MP 195, just past downtown Winthrop, about 33 miles past Washington Pass. Just after crossing a bridge spanning the Methow River, turn right onto Twin Lakes Road. Follow for 3 miles to Patterson Lake Road and turn right. Follow for about 4.5 miles to Patterson Lake, which is on your left. Park at the signed boat launch area. Elevation: 2,400 feet.

The Trail
Along with being known as a Nordic ski hotspot, the Methow Valley is also popular with the mountain-biking, horseback-riding set. Nothing against them, of course, it’s just nice to know you’ve got this mountain to yourself. Except for the cows in summer. But that’s another story.

From the boat launch area, cross Patterson Lake Road and head up. Trees are at a minimum on this hill, which means 1) it’s hot and dry in summer (take plenty of water) and 2) the views are great pretty much the whole way. At 0.3 miles, come to an intersection with a cattle gate and sign pointing to the north and south loops. Follow the South Loop, pass through the gate, and continue climbing through sunflower meadows or, if it’s later in summer, meadows of post-bloom sunflower carcasses.

Terrific views below to Patterson Lake, Gardner Mountain beyond, and a host of other North Cascades increase with every step. Which, by the way, are made a tad more difficult as the grade increases over the next mile. At 1.4 miles, reach a shoulder with the first views north to the Mazama-to-Winthrop stretch of the Methow Valley. A sign here points to the right and, as it says, leads to the summit, about another 300 feet up to the top of that hilly hummock on your right. If the little ones are game, go for it, it’s about a half-mile each way and offers that hot-air-balloon-over-the-Methow Valley perspective. Otherwise continue straight (north) where the valley views are almost as good.

This is the North Loop of the trail and as you’ll notice, it meanders in and out of forest, and in summer can feel 10 to 15 degrees cooler. (I was once here during the weekend of the Winthrop Rhythm and Blues Festival and in the coolness of the forest, sat down to enjoy a couple tunes, which I could hear perfectly, being performed at the Blues Ranch down in the valley below. It was quite nice.) Views through the trees are stunning and of the North Cascade variety—Goat Peak where Lookout Bill holds sway, Robinson Mountain, and up toward Hart’s Pass.

Eventually, the trail starts descending steadily and at 2.1 miles (3.1 if you hiked to the summit and back), you climb a stepladder that gets you through an opening in the cattle fence. (In summers, cattle are grazed here and this keeps them from getting into places they’re not supposed to.) Continue down traversing across the north and west side of the mountain with foreground views to the posh Sun Mountain Lodge, which is about a mile away as the cow flies. (If cows could fly, that is.)

Just ahead, reach the North Loop-South Loop intersection, gate included. For variety, head to the right and follow as the trail descends across the hill ending up at the north end of Patterson Lake at 3.1 (or 4.1) miles. To get back to where you parked, walk the road for about a half-mile.

Going Farther
The trails at Sun Mountain Lodge (Hike #16) are accessed about 2 miles farther up Patterson Lake Road.
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Table of Contents

List of Trails

BAKER LAKE
1- Park Butte-Railroad Grade
2- Scott Paul Trail
3- Anderson Butte-Watson and Anderson Lakes
4- Shadow of the Sentinels Trail
5- Baker River Trail
6- Baker Lake Trail
7- Sauk Mountain

CASCADE PASS
8- Lookout Mountain Trail (near Marblemount)
9- Hidden Lake Lookout
10- Boston Basin
11- Cascade Pass-Sahale Arm

DIABLO AND ROSS LAKES
12- Thornton Lakes-Trappers Peak
13- Skagit River Loop
14- Sourdough Mountain Trail
15- Pyramid Lake Trail
16- Diablo Lake Trail
17- Thunder Knob Trail
18- Thunder Creek-Fourth of July Pass
19- Ross Dam
20- Happy Creek Forest
21- Ruby Creek Trail

RAINY AND WASHINGTON PASSES
22- Easy Pass
23- Lake Ann-Maple Pass Loop
24- Rainy Lake
25- Blue Lake Trail
26- Washington Pass Overlook
27- Cutthroat Pass Trail

HARTS PASS AND THE METHOW
28- Driveway Butte
29- Grasshopper Pass
30- Slate Peak
31- Goat Peak Lookout
32- Sun Mountain Trails
33- Patterson Mountain
34- Slate Creek Trail
35- Lookout Mountain Trail (near Twisp)

CHUCKANUT AND BLACHARD MOUNTAINS
36- Bat Caves
37- Fragrance Lake

WEST MOUNT BAKER
38- Canyon Lake
39- Heliotrope Ridge Trail
40- Boyd Creek Interpretive Trail
41- Skyline Divide Trail
42- Horseshoe Bend Trail

NORTH MOUNT BAKER
43- Church Mountain
44- Damfino Lakes and Excelsior Mountain
45- High Divide Trail via Damfio Lakes Trail
46- Excelsior Pass Trail
47- Welcome Pass
48- Yellow Astor Butte
49- Winchester Mountain Lookout
50- High Pass Trail
51- Goat Mountain
52- Hannegan Pass and Peak

HEATHER MEADOWS AREA
53- Picture Lake
54- Bagley Lakes-Lower Wild Goose Trails Loop
55- Chain Lakes Loop
56- Lake Ann Trail
57- Artist Ridge Trail
58- Table Mountain
59- Ptarmigan Ridge Trail
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