INTRODUCTION: Seattle Recreation and the North Cascades
The Pacific Crest Trail runs north / south from Mexico to Canada, all the way through California, Oregon, and Washington State. From the Sierra Nevada Mountains, it runs north through Oregon, and into the Cascade Mountains of Washington State, all the way up into British Columbia, Canada.
LINK: Washington Segment of the Pacific Crest Trail
How to Get to the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mountain Loop Highway:
The Pacific Crest Trail has different access points from the Mountain Loop Highway. One of these access points is on the North Fork Sauk Trail (no. 649), an 8.4 mile trail which winds gently along a river, before taking a number of relentless switchbacks up to the Pacific Crest Trail, gaining 3,900 feet in elevation. Get to the North Fork Sauk trail head by driving east from the Verlot Ranger Station for 27 miles, or by driving south from Darrington 20 miles.
GoNorthCascades.com attempts to list hiking trails as we either trek them ourselves, have them recommended by friends or other readers, or read about them through other resources, such as books, news articles, and websites.
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