Pacific Crest Trail

How better to see the Central Cascades than to hike through them?  The Central Cascades offer a unique experience because of the nature of how the Cascades were formed: volcanic activity.  New peaks come into view on the northern horizon and act as “sign posts” to your progress as the peaks you’ve passed disappear on the southern horizon.  Hiking allows for better wildlife viewing, including various bird songs along the way. It also allows for as much solitude as a person would want; there are places along the Central Cascades PCT where there is no other sign of humans, other than the trail and maybe a jet or plane passing way overhead.

It’s possible to hike parts of the trail as a day hike or a weekend get-away, allowing people to enjoy it to the best of their abilities. The spot shown on the map here is just one point on the trail; it extends north to the Canadian border and south to the Mexican border.

  • Located on both public and private land
  • Fee required
  • Trail signage

A place for Refuge and Recreation

The Central Cascades has seven themes that help to define the character of the region. This location is an example of A place for Refuge and Recreation. Here are more locations that exemplify this theme:

Get more information on this area from

National Geographic