This summer, I visited our Seattle Mappy Hour chapter and decided to spend the weekend exploring the famed Northern Cascades. Being from the East Coast, I’d always heard the Pacific Northwest was beautiful, but no one told me it was America’s own version of the Alps.
This hike to Sahale Arm is, honestly, one of the best hikes I’ve ever been on in my life. The trail is interesting and the terrain is beyond beautiful. It definitely was a bit busy – but that’s to be expected based on it’s accessibility (driving) and renowned views.
If you want alpine lakes, glaciers, rocky ridges, goats and pastures… look no further. It’s definitely a tough hike. Expect to spend your morning heading up switchbacks and take lunch at the very top. There is a camp site at Sahale Glacier but you do need a permit and it is extremely exposed. I’m not sure I’d recommend it unless you’re trying to climb the glacier the next day.