"Washington Pass" Mazama Things to Do Tip by goshawk301

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  Liberty Bell and Early Winter Spires in the mist
by goshawk301

If you are driving North Cascades Highway from west, you will go over Washington Pass, which at 5477 feet is the highest point of the Highway, as a culmination of your drive across the North Cascades Range. At the pass, you will find a spacious parking / rest area and short, easy trails leading to a viewpoint for the Liberty Bell group of granite spires that tower over the pass.

These spires - Liberty Bell Mountain, Concord and Lexington Towers, and North and South Early Winter Spires - are very popular alpine rock climbs (yours truly have climbed Liberty Bell and S. Early via standard routes). You can also see the rugged Silver Star group of peaks across the valley of Early Winter Creek.

Although Washington Pass is not a watershed pass - that would be Rainy Pass, a few miles to the west - you'll often find the weather change dramatically as you go over the pass. The wet maritime weather of the western Washington is held at the pass; to the east starts the much drier climate of the eastern Washington.

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  • Updated Aug 25, 2004
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