40. Ptarmigan Traverse, Washington (30 miles)Learn More
In the shadow of North Cascades National Park’s 8,065-foot Johannesburg Mountain sits one of the greatest alpine hikes in the world. Tracing nearly 25-miles of Cascades Crest, the traverse cuts across the north side of the Glacier Peak Wilderness Area. It’s the kind of iconic route that experienced Cascades mountaineers have been tackling since it was established in 1938. Essentially a mini-mountaineering expedition, the hike can take anywhere from three-to-ten days and requires off-trail wilderness navigation and some formidable calf muscles. Besides serious bragging rights, the rewards are spectacular views at almost every section. Some climbers even make the return trip by kayaking the Class III Suiattle River and biking the final stretch back to Cascade Pass.
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