HIKING NEAR GOLD BAR
Explore hiking Washington’s Cascade Mountains
When a walk through the woods becomes a spiritual experience, you’ll know you’ve discovered the magic of hiking Washington’s Cascade Mountains. The area around Sky Valley has a number of gorgeous and breathtaking hikes ranging from a casual walk to strenuous alpine climbs. Whatever path you choose hiking around Gold Bar, you’ll encounter a fairytale land filled with fog gently hanging over high alpine lakes and the moss softly blanketing the forest floor. No matter your skill or fitness level, the mountains surrounding Sky Valley and the Wild Sky Wilderness are brimming with opportunities for adventure by foot.
Check out some of our favorites hikes near Gold Bar listed below. So what are you waiting for? Lace up your boots and grab your pack, the mountains are calling, and you must go!What is the weather like in the Central Cascades? Expand
Our winter season (November-March) will be slushy to snowy and more than a few trails will be closed – prepare for cold conditions ranging from -5° to 35°.
Our spring season (March-June) is short but rather wet. Snow melting, glacial runoff, and “April showers” make our mountains a wet place to be. Expect lower temperatures ranging from frosty mornings around 30-40° to warmer afternoons in the 60s-70s.
Summer season here (June-September) can be in the mid 50s to over 100° at times. Plan for cooler nights and hotter days, packing plenty of water and sunscreen for hikes in the summer.
Our autumn is rather short (September-November) and is just as rainy as spring. Even without snow, prepare for the possibility in later fall, and wear layers!
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What’s the difference between a Discover Pass and a Northwest Forest Pass? Expand
A Discover Pass allows for entry into Washington State’s National Parks – for example, Wallace Falls State Park. A Northwest Forest Pass allows for entry into US forest sites in both Oregon and Washington state for any trail requiring day-use passes.Where do I get a hiking pass? Expand