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Epic PNW Hikes: Sahale Glacier

This one takes you up to one of the most beautiful camping spots in the North Cascades!

Hiking Severe

20 km
1.6 km
1.6 km
6-7 hrs
Low Point
1.1 km
High Point
2.7 km
Epic PNW Hikes: Sahale Glacier Map

Access to Sahale Glacier, and the camp at the base of glacier is via The Cascade Pass and Sahale Arm Trail near Marblemount, Washington.


This route is a challenging 19.8 km out-and-back trail that takes an average of 8 hours and 53 minutes to complete. Though it is highly recommended that hikers grab a camping permit to enjoy the beautiful sunrise & sunsets you can see from the glacier. There is running water near the camps, and a filter such as the HydraPak system is highly recommended.

The best time to go is between May & October, and this trail offers varying terrain from dense forest to alpine meadows & a boulder field with optional glacier travel.

Dogs: Unfortunately this trail is NOT dog friendly.

NOTE: Bears are common in this area, do NOT leave food where you are sleeping.



Hiking challenging trails where simple scrambling, with the occasional use of the hands, is a distinct possibility. The trails are often filled with all manner of obstacles both small and large, and the hills are very steep. Obstacles and challenges are often unexpected and can be unpredictable.

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

in May, June, July, September and October


  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features

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