North Cascades Scenic Highway
National Forest: Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Okanagon National Forest, Wenatchee National Forest
Length: 140.0 mi / 225.3 km
Time to Allow: 3 hours
The eastern edge of the North Cascades Highway begins in the remote high desert of the Methow Valley and rises gently as it approaches Washington Pass and the snow-capped peaks of the North Cascade Mountains.
Approaching the Cascade Mountains via the Methow Valley, visitors will cross up and over the scenic Washington Pass and Rainy Pass. To the north and south are the two sections of North Cascades National Park. The road drops down into the thick woods of the Skagit Valley and comes out onto the coastal flats in Burlington. Visitors who travel the byway in the fall will see the roadside in beautiful combination of reds, oranges, and vibrant golds.