Hidden Lake Peak Trail
Hidden Lake Peak Trail is a steep 4.5 miles (one way; 7.2 km) day hike or overnight backpack. It offers magnificent views, a high mountain lake, and an historic fire lookout. It is also an access route for climbers entering the Eldorado/Triad area. Snow remains on sections of the trail and the lake stays frozen until late summer.
The trail climbs for 1 mile (1.6 km) through the forest before entering Sibley Creek Basin at the base of Hidden Lake Peak. The trail switchbacks through avalanche and flower meadows, and may cross recent mudslides. Look for the icy dome of Mt. Baker to the northwest. A long, open traverse angles through meadows and talus slopes to a saddle overlooking Hidden Lake. From this 6600' (2000 m) saddle there are sweeping views of the North Cascades, including the Cascade Pass area. An additional .5 mile (.8 km) hike down a boulder field leads to the lake.
Hidden Lake Peak Lookout
During the short summer season, the meadows below the lookout are alive with color and sound. At this elevation, summers are short and intense. Watermelon snow, a type of green algae, colors the snow fields red. Look for glacier lilies blooming through snow edges.
Hikers enter the National Park at the saddle before descending to the lake. Travelers must follow cross-country regulations: group size is limited to six; camp at least a half mile from trails, a mile from designated campsites, and 100 feet from rivers, lakes, and streams. Fires are not allowed in this fragile subalpine zone. Be cautious, plants grow by the inch but die by the foot.
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Cascades National Park
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