This is a classic hike. We came on a less-than-spectacular day.
Simply spectacular! One of the finest hikes on the face of the planet, the trail to Hidden Lake Peaks grants continuous sensory overload. Sprawling meadows bursting with wildflowers, granite slabs and boulders laced with heather, glistening snowfields birthing tumbling waters, alpine nooks providing refuge to ptarmigans and pipits, a historical fire lookout, and views-stunning, mouth-gaping views of a serrated skyline of snow, ice, and rock. It doesn’t get any better than this.
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Fourth day of North Cascades Institute getaway. Hike to the Hidden Lake Lookout.
Participants include Nicole Hansen and Louise Kornreich.
Reference: Green Trails Diablo No. 48, Cascade Pass No. 80. Day Hiking: North Cascades , by Craig Romano, No. 78 Hidden Lake Lookout.
From Marblemount head east on the Cascade River Road for 9.7 miles, turning left onto Forest Road 1540 (Sibley Creek Road), 1.5 miles beyond the Marble Creek Campground entrance. Follow rough-at-times FR 1540 for 4.7 miles to its terminus and the trailhead (elev. 3600 ft).
Trailhead GPS coordinates (48.5148,-121.2152)
Forest Service Pass required.
8.16 miles, 3442 ft. gain, 7 hrs 16 min.