Hidden Lake Lookout and Sahale Arm are two shorter, well-known trails in North Cascades National Park that have been on my to-do list for years. I had an evening/morning to myself earlier this week, so after working for most of the day I made a break for Cascade River Rd where I went to Hidden Lake Lookout for sunset, spent the night in the van at Marble Creek campground, and then headed up to Sahale Arm bright and early the next morning. Home in plenty of time for dinner.
These are both well-traveled trails in excellent shape. I went on a sunny Thurs/Friday and there were definitely other people around, although I wouldn’t call it crowded. On Thursday night the Hidden Lake Lookout was occupied by a couple that arrived by noon in order to stake their claim (in case you’re thinking of staying up there yourself and want to know what time to arrive).
The views from Hidden Lake Lookout were beautiful, but it was Sahale Arm that really wowed me. One of those perfect mornings in the mountains that I won’t soon forget. The WTA descriptions (linked above) tell you most of what you need to know about these two trails. See below for pics.
Hidden Lake Lookout photos:
Sahale Arm photos: