McGregor Mountain Trail
McGregor Mountain is a physically demanding trail with over 1,300 m of elevation gain in North Cascades National Park. This trail is very difficult and only recommended for experienced, confident hikers. You likely won’t be able to reach the true summit without specialized equipment, but well-prepared day hikers can get quite close.
Come with lots of water, poles, and a GPS route.
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Route Description for McGregor Mountain Trail
McGregor Mountain Trail is no joke, demanding hard work and offering an amazing reward for experienced hikers. Don’t necessarily expect to get on the true summit of this mountain due to the possible need for specialized equipment, but you can expect an incredible view from the point at which most hikers turn around.
Come prepared for this hike with lots of water. Some of the water sources along the trail are dangerous to try and reach. The trail is hot and unshaded for large sections.
Begin from the trailhead, immediately beginning to climb over steep switchbacks. This trail occasionally collects downed trees, so you might end up climbing a bit. Pass Howard Lake and continue through the middle of the 4-way junction, heading uphill.
You’ll briefly traverse one wide turn before returning to narrow switchbacks. This brutally steep ascent continues for what feels like forever. Between 1,860 m and 2,200 m, evaluate whether you feel capable of continuing, which is where most hikers make the call to come back if they don’t feel the summit is accessible. You’ll retrace your steps when you’re ready.
Getting to the McGregor Mountain Trail Trailhead
The trailhead for McGregor Mountain Trail is accessed on foot only. It’s at a junction with Stehekin Valley Road.
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