This is a challenging hike. We will climb 4000 feet in under 5 miles. The pace will be on the slow side of moderate. From the WTA: Here's the beef on Cow Heaven. It's a steep and demanding climb through thick forest culminating in lonely alpine meadows. The cows are long gone from this former summer grazing area high above the Skagit Valley, but you can feast to your heart's content on splendid views of snowy North Cascades summits. Leashed dogs are welcomed but not mandatory. We will plan on some post-hike eats at a local establishment. Riders should bring cash for those driving. When you register please email me and let me know if you are bringing a canine companion.