guided day hiking north cascades - Picket Range view from Sauk Mountain


May – October (Summer/Fall)  9:30am – 6:30pm*
$222 Adult, $111 Child (10 & under)

November – March (Winter/Spring)  9:30am – 4:30pm*
$186 Adult, $93 Child (10 & under)

*times set to accommodate the Amtrak Cascades train schedule from Seattle and Vancouver into the Mount Vernon station.

Activity level: easy – moderate – difficult

Meander through the enchanting PNW rainforest guarded by its centuries old giants.  Follow alongside rivers and streams incessantly fed by glacier melt water and rainfall.  Saunter around tranquil lakes.  Zigzag up mountain sides to admire snow-capped mountain peaks and glaciers.  Cross expansive sub-alpine and alpine flower-filled meadows.  Hike along the edge of the Salish Sea.  All the while touched silently by nature…

This Guided Day Hiking North Cascades Adventure takes you onto one of the many well-maintained trails around Mount Baker, the North Cascades and Fidalgo Island.  All are dirt trails, with varying degrees of muddiness, rockiness and rootiness, that accommodate all hiking levels. Sturdy waterproof hiking boots and gear is highly recommended.

All trails are within a 90 mi radius and about 1.5 hr drive from the Mount Vernon Amtrak Station.  Some trailheads are quickly accessed from a road or highway and others are reached via longer, potholed forest service roads.  Time of year, snow/ice/trail/road conditions, unforeseen environmental conditions and weather forecasts dictate trail options.  Winter and Spring hiking is mostly offered on our very scenic coastal trails.

Easy Trails: little elevation gain (150-650 ft) and 1-4 mi round trip.  Suited for all levels.

Moderate Trails: moderate elevation gain (1000-1500 ft) and 4-6 mi round trip.  Suited for intermediate levels.

Strenuous Trails: significant elevation gain (1600-2200 ft) and 6-8 mi round trip.  Suited for avid hikers.

Please contact us for more information on choosing a trail that accommodates your hiking level.

Note: The first booking will set the trail option for the day.  For a different level trail, book on an alternate day.  Please inquire prior to booking.

Not included: lunch, taxes & fees, and gratuity

Small group size: 1-5 Adventurers

Pick-up & drop-off locations: Mount Vernon Amtrak train & bus Station, Anacortes Ferry, hotels, motels, B&Bs, AirBnBs, marinas, residences & Airporter Shuttle locations in Anacortes, La Conner, Burlington & Mount Vernon.

Other details: Booking policy  |  How do I get to your area?  |  Where can I stay? | What should I wear and bring?  |  Safety & Forms

30 years safely guiding Adventures for thousands of happy Adventurers!

This Adventure is professionally lead by Naturalist-Guide (and owner) Stephanie.  She has guided all sorts of fun and educational land and water-based Adventures, throughout the US, Mexico and Canada, for the past 30 years.  She shares her passion for nature on every Adventure, as well as her knowledge of the natural & cultural history, marine & terrestrial habitats, flora & fauna, and ways of life of NW Washington.  Read more about her.

Got questions?   (360) 47 47 47 9

guided day hiking north cascades - bagley lakes trail, mount baker

Staying in Seattle or Vancouver but don’t have a car? Easy. Hop on the Amtrak Cascades train from the Seattle King Station to the Mount Vernon Station pickup.  Other options include the Amtrak Thruway Bus, Greyhound bus, public transit bus and the Airporter Shuttle.

The Guided Day Hiking North Cascades is an ideal Adventure for a single traveler, couples, a small group of friends or family, or a private charter.

Stay longer for a multi-day Adventure to “Re-Wild” Your Spirit! in NW Washington. Add the Mount Baker Day Tour, North Cascades National Park Day Tour,Anacortes “Wild Side” Eco Tourand/or San Juan Orcas Island Day Tour to this AdventureCheck out the rest of our Guided Adventures and please inquire about accommodations.


“Stephanie was the best guide ever! She was knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive. I do not think we could have asked for more in a guide or had a better day. We will definitely be coming back for more adventures!” Scott, Georgia

“It was a perfect day hiking in the Cascades. Stephanie is an amazing guide, very knowledgeable, caring and just a great company for being out in nature. I enjoyed every minute from start to end. I’ll certainly keep the pictures of this wonderful day in my mind for a long time – and I will come back!” Claudia, Germany

“Stephanie was a wonderfully knowledgeable guide. I appreciate the effort taken to find a hike that would deliver the experience we wanted as well her incredible knowledge of the plants on the trail. Would recommend Skagit Guided Adventures to both locals and visitors!”  Sweta, Seattle

“One-day hiking trip with Skagit Guided Adventures was amazing and lot of fun! Stephanie is caring, knowledgeable, and flexible to make the most satisfying experience in Skagit county I could never dreamed of!” Peace, Thailand

“Stephanie asked questions about what I wanted to see and designed a series of hikes that were both visually stunning, informative and the perfect level of physical challenge.” Merryl, New York

“If you want to learn about the beautiful Northwest forest ecosystem while having a great day in the outdoors I thoroughly recommend Skagit Adventures. Hopefully I’ll be able to revisit the Northwest next year and will definitely want to spend a day or two hiking and learning with Skagit Adventures.” Walter, New York