Tiffany Mountain — Enjoy horizon-spanning views at the edge of the North Cascades

 

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Alpine tundra carpets the Tiffany Highlands. (c) C. Romano

Quick Facts:

Location: Northeastern Cascades

Land Agency: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Roundtrip: 6.0 miles

Elevation Gain: 1,700 feet

Green Trails Map: Green Trails, Tiffany Mountain, WA- No. 53

Contact: Tonasket Ranger District, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Access: From Burlington follow SR 20 east to Winthrop. Then continue north on East Chewuch River Road for 6.5 miles and turn right onto FR 37. After 13 miles turn left onto FR 39 continuing for 3.2 miles to trailhead at Freezeout Pass.

Good to Know: dog-friendly, exceptional summer wildflowers, autumn larches, extensive views

 

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A hiker admires Tiffany Lake from the summit of Tiffany Mountain.

One of the highest summits in the state that can be hiked up; 8,242-foot Tiffany Mountain teeters on the eastern edge of the North Cascades commanding far reaching views from the craggy Cascade Crest to the sprawling Columbia Plateau.

The trail starts at a lofty elevation of 6,500 feet, traversing pine groves and stands of golden larches on its way to windswept alpine tundra.  At 2.5 miles, turn left at a junction and head up slopes of swaying golden grasses to Tiffany’s wide open summit. Savor the cool crisp autumn air while marveling at the horizon-spanning views. To the north it’s a panorama of Pasayten Wilderness peaks and British Columbia’s hulking Snowy Mountain. South, waves of emerald ridges streaked gold by a profusion of larches fade into the distance. To the east the Okanogan Highlands yield to the sun-kissed Columbia Plateau. And west, the snowcapped North Cascades glisten in the autumn sun.

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