Our Favorite Trails


North Cascades MountainsHere are some of our favorite trails, listed in no particular order.  These are the trails where we go before work or on our days off.  We’ve tried to include a few you won’t find in any trail guide, but are local favorites.  The descriptions that follow are just a starting point for inspiration.  When you head out, be sure to take a map, know where you’re going, and how to stay safe.  Some trails are marked, some aren’t.  Some have bears and mountain lions. This is good stuff, but please don’t hold us accountable if you get eaten or fall off a cliff.  Hike and run safely and take care of yourself out there.   And don’t hesitate to stop into Cascades Outdoor Store if you need more info, a map, guidebook, or just to tell us how your hike or run was.

Click on the trail name below for trail description.


Maple PassDistance: 7 mile loop   Elevation Gain: 2,100 feet

Blue LakeDistance: 4.4 miles round trip   Elevation Gain: 1,050 feet

Cutthroat Lake (see also Cutthroat Pass)Distance: 4 miles round trip   Elevation Gain: 400 feet

Cutthroat PassDistance: 11 miles round trip   Elevation Gain: 2,300 feet

Copper Pass: Distance: 8 miles round trip  Elevation Gain: 2,355 feet

Stiletto Peak: Distance: 11 miles round trip  Elevation Gain: 3,792 feet

Driveway Butte: Distance: 9 miles round trip  Elevation Gain: 3,200 feet


Lewis ButteDistance: 2.4 miles round trip   Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet

Riser LakeDistance: 4 mile loop   Elevation Gain:  524 feet

Patterson Mountain: Distance: 4 mile loop   Elevation Gain: 1,100 feet

Raider Creek/Patterson Lake LoopDistance: 4.7 miles   Elevation Gain: 600 feet

Black Bear/Winthrop Trail LoopDistance: 7 miles (w/11.5 mile option)   Elevation Gain: 900 feet

Buck Mountain: Distance: 13 miles Elevation Gain: 2,200 feet

Pipestone Canyon Out & Back: Distance: 6 miles round trip  Elevation Gain: 600 feet

Pipestone Canyon & Ridge Loop: Distance: 9 mile loop  Elevation Gain: 1,850 feet


Goat Creek Loop: Distance: 6 mile loop  Elevation Gain: 325 feet

Suspension Bridge Trail: Distance: 1.2 miles  Elevation Gain: 7 feet