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Beckler Peak Trail

North Cascades, Washington

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  • The Beckler Peak Trail begins on decommissioned logging road.- Beckler Peak Trail
  • Plume thistle (Cirsium).- Beckler Peak Trail
  • The trail proceeds through young alder and vine maples.- Beckler Peak Trail
  • Bigger views open to the south.- Beckler Peak Trail
  • The Beckler Peak Trail enters an old-growth forest.- Beckler Peak Trail
  • The trail switchbacks for 1.5 miles through an old-growth forest.- Beckler Peak Trail
  •  The Beckler Peak Trail tops out along a ridge.- Beckler Peak Trail
  • The terrain becomes a narrow footpath on the ridge- Beckler Peak Trail
  • Fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium) on the Beckler Peak Trail.- Beckler Peak Trail
  • Switchbacks lead up to West Beckler Peak.- Beckler Peak Trail
  • The first summit lookout at 4,800 feet.- Beckler Peak Trail
  • Steep switchbacks and rock stairs leading to the summit.- Beckler Peak Trail
  • 360-views at Beckler Peak.- Beckler Peak Trail
  • Looking across the eastern summits toward Baring Mountain (6,125'), Merchant Peak (6,113'), Gunn Peak (6,240'), and many more.- Beckler Peak Trail
  • Looking back at the trail from the top of Beckler Peak.- Beckler Peak Trail
  • Views east of Mount Fernow (6,190') from the top of Beckler Peak.- Beckler Peak Trail
  • Perfect resting spot at the top of Beckler Peak.- Beckler Peak Trail
  • View to the southeast of Mount Daniels (left, 7,980') and Mount Hinman (right, 7,500') from the top of Beckler Peak.- Beckler Peak Trail
  • The trail leads along a ridge.- Beckler Peak Trail
  • The summit view east with the trail in the foreground.- Beckler Peak Trail
  • Columbia glacier with Monte Cristo Peak (7,136') in the distance.- Beckler Peak Trail
  • View looking west from Beckler Peak.- Beckler Peak Trail
  • Lookout views on the ridge from about 3,700 feet.- Beckler Peak Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Old-growth forest. Wildflowers. Great views. Well-maintained trail.
Cons: 
Busy. Weather conditions can change. Small parking lot.
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Region:
North Cascades, WA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
3,398.00 ft (1,035.71 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
7.40 mi (11.91 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,788.00 ft (849.78 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Beckler Peak is located in the southeastern region of Washington's Wild Sky Wilderness of Washington. The peak was named for Elberdge H. Beckler, a railroad engineer who worked on the Great Northern Railways in the 1880s as work was underway to extend the Milwaukee Railroad. Beckler Peak was also home to a fire lookout that sat at 4,950 feet and overlooked the town of Skykomish, just below the western summit, though this lookout destroyed in 1958. With a handful of highpoints, there is some dispute over the location of Beckler Peak's true summit, but it is safe to say that they all are nearly comparable in elevation, and stunning views can be enjoyed from any point at the top.

The start of the hike follows an old logging road for about 1.5 miles to the trail junction in an old-growth forest. Views may be limited for the first 2 miles, but vantage points of Skykomish Valley appear as you reach a log landing at 3,700 feet. Continue on as the trail passes through old-growth silver fir, and you will quickly gain elevation on several broad switchbacks with views to the north. The last 2 miles will challenge you with steep switchbacks, but the reward is much bigger as views open to the south and you gain small glimpses of West Beckler Peak.  

Just bellow the summit, rock steps lead to Middle Peak. This is a great place to explore, but continue to climb for the 360-views of the area's jagged peaks. It is well worth scrambling up rocks and narrow steep switchback to see views of Mount Baring, Eagle Rock, Monte Cristo Peak, and Glacier Peak to the northeast. On a clear day, you may be able to find Mount Rainer to the south. From the edge of the summit, the view west to West Beckler Peak and Mount Index is stunning. As you begin your descent, be sure to enjoy the views for the first few switchbacks before entering the forest.

Though Beckler Peak is challenging at times, it is a rewarding and moderate 7.4-mile hike that is also popular with mountain bikers and rock climbers. It is best to visit Beckler Peak on a week day due to high traffic.Note that, for the drive in, NF-66 starts off paved and well maintained but becomes a little rough before reaching the trailhead.

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