2,800 ft (853 m) gain to Easy Pass

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  • From Marblemount, drive Highway 20 east for 45 miles. Turn right between mileposts 151 and 152 onto a road clearly signed for Easy Pass. The trailhead can hold about ten cars, and facilities are available, including a self-issued Northwest Forest Pass.

    Three hundred yards (270 m) from the trailhead, cross Granite Creek on a footlog and head up into the forest. After two miles (3 km) of western hemlock and Pacific silver fir forests, the trail emerges into avalanche paths on the flanks of Ragged Ridge. Look for spring-time glacier lilies emerging from the snow. The pass can be seen high above. The trail now climbs steeply, crossing Easy Pass Creek three times, traversing steep rock slopes and avalanche meadows. Look and listen for pika and hoary marmots. The trail can be lost in lingering snow fields. An ice axe is advised through early summer.

  • Backcountry Camping: A backcountry permit is required for all overnight stays. Permits are limited. There is no camping allowed at Easy Pass or in the meadows. Fisher Camp is located in the basin below the pass. Midway along the Fisher Creek Trail, find Cosho Camp in the forest, and Junction Camp is located at the intersection with the Thunder Creek Trail.

    Easy Pass is spectacular, separating Granite Creek Valley and the drier mountains to the east from the glacier-mantled peaks ringing the Fisher Creek drainage to the west. Scattered clumps of trees include subalpine larch, subalpine fir, mountain hemlock, and farther up the ridge, whitebark pine. The larch, a deciduous conifer which turns gold before losing its needles in the fall, is found only in the northern fringes of the United States and the eastern ridges of the North Cascades.

    Distance - one way Elevation gain Use Difficulty

    To Easy Pass: 3.5 miles (5.6 km)

    2,800 ft (853 m) gain to Easy Pass

    Hiker only

    Strenuous

    To junction with Thunder Creek Trail: 14.8 miles (24 km) 3,400 ft (1036 m) loss to junction Hiker only
    Moderate

  • Many believe the Easy Pass and Fisher Basin area to be one of the most superb places in the North Cascades. Extensive meadows are crowned by glacial peaks. The short, steep trail to the pass is anything but "easy." The views, however, are your reward: panoramic vistas of Fisher Basin and Mounts Logan, Fisher, and Arriva. In the spring and early summer, wildflowers abound, and in the autumn, golden larches make this area even more special. Backpackers will enjoy camping in Fisher Basin and along the wild and shady Fisher Creek. See the for more information on this area.

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Junction Camp is situated near Fisher Creek on the ridge overlooking Thunder Creek Valley. Views are good from this area, including a glimpse of Boston Glacier in the distance. From Junction, you have several options: retrace your steps to the Easy Pass trailhead; hike down the 10 miles (16 km) to Colonial Creek and State Route 20; or head 17 miles (27 km) up and over Park Creek Pass and into the Stehekin Valley.