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Photos: Spectacular North Cascades solo hike

For me, RV travel only goes so far.

To truly get to the world’s most beautiful places, I occasionally like to use my feet on a backpacking trip. This year, I hit the trail in North Cascades National Park for an aggressive five-day solo journey.

I chose a loop hike starting near Rainy Pass on State Route 20, traveling 47 miles through the heart of the park over Park Creek Pass, Thunder Pass, the Fisher Basin and finishing over Easy Pass. Details of this strenuous hike are here.

It was one of the hardest backpacking journeys I’ve ever done. The North Cascades has some of the highest, wildest mountains in Washington, and this trip definitely humbled me.

But looking back over the photos, I’m so happy I was able to experience this very special place.

Check out the slideshow for a closer look.



John Nelson is a freelance writer.