Howard Lake via PCT
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Howard Lake via PCT

North Cascades National Park
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Howard Lake via PCT

Howard Lake via PCT

Distance: 2.9mi
Elevation: 653ft
Time: 1.5-2h

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Howard Lake via PCT is a pretty hike through the woods. It’s consistently uphill for its short ascent, but you’ll get to relax at Howard Lake after this moderate effort. Beginners and small children might find the steady ascent on this hike to be quite tiring, but it doesn’t last too long.

This trail sees lots of horse traffic, which can make the footing uneven.

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Getting there

The trailhead for Howard Lake via PCT is at the eastern corner of High Bridge Campground.

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Backcountry Campground

High Bridge Campground

When to do


Pets allowed

Yes - On Leash

Family friendly


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Route Type

Out and back

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Howard Lake via PCT Description

Howard Lake via PCT is a moderate hike with a consistent, steady incline to a small lake. This hike can be completed quickly and offers a nice peaceful break in nature. The trail sees lots of horse traffic, which can make the footing uneven. Walk carefully.

Begin from the campground, following the PCT signage and hiking past the facilities before beginning a steady incline over switchbacks. You’ll get a view of the lake from the trall but there is a spur trail you can take to get closer to the water if you wish.

From the viewpoint, turn back and retrace your steps. If you want to make this into a 4-mile loop, you can take the Old Wagon Trail just beyond the lake.



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