Hidden Lake Peaks
|Best months for climbing:||Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Nearest major airport:||Seattle-Tacoma|
Thanks to Ronald James for adding this peak.
Hidden Lake Peaks are primarily two summits situated along the North Cascades National Park boundary. Tucked in a cirque between and east of these two peaks is beautiful Hidden Lake, an unusually high alpine lake frozen over much of the year. North Hidden Lake Peak is the higher of the two at 7088 feet and requires an easy scramble to reach the summit. South Hidden Lake Peak (6890 ft) is accessible with a trail leading to a fire lookout at the summit, however steep snow can block the trail until mid summer. While modest in height compared to the other giants in the vicinity, local relief is great as the Cascade River cuts at the base of the massif more than 5000 feet below the summits. The 4 mile trail hike to the peaks is considered one of the best day-hiking destinations in the Cascades known for its beautiful alpine views and abundant wildflower displays in the summer. From the summit one has a magnificent view of mountains in North Cascades National Park and the Glacier Peak Wilderness: Eldorado, Forbidden, Boston, Johannesburg, Formidable, Dome, Glacier Peak, Snowking, peaks of the Ptarmigan Traverse, and many more.
Access: Drive the Cascade River Road 9 miles from the town of Marblemount. Turn left onto Sibley Creek Road 1540. Drive the rough F.S. 1540 five miles to the trailhead at road's end at 3,600 feet elevation. Parking is on National Forest Service land and requires a parking pass.
Thanks to Ronald James for this description.