Pasayten Peak

A moderate scramble from Slate Pass near Harts Pass and along Buckskin Ridge Trail to Silver Lake in the Pasayten Wilderness. It's 12 miles round trip from Slate Pass with 660 feet of elevation gain. Enjoy flowered meadows with spectacular panoramic views.

getting there

Drive SR 20 east 1.5 miles past Early Winters campground.  Turn left and drive 0.4 miles to Mazama.  Turn left on Harts Pass Road (No. 9140), which turns into Forest Road 5400 for 20 mi to Harts Pass.  Turn right and drive 2 mi to Slate Pass and Buckskin Ridge Trail (No. 498).

approach & ascent

At over  7,000 ft, this scramble starts high and stays high. Hike the Buckskin Ridge Trail about about 4.7 miles from Slate Pass Silver Lake and camp. It's about 1.3 miles from the lake to Pasayten Peak's summit. View the peak and determine the best scramble route from Silver Lake. The route to Silver Lake takes you along Buckskin Ridge, sub alpine zone, filled with whistling marmots, wild flowered meadows, alpine fir and larch trees. Much of the North Cascades Pasayten wilderness can be viewed from the trail.


  • If you arrive early, hike up to Slate Peak for outstanding views in all directions. Slate Peak is the location of an old Air Force radar site.
  • Stay at the Harts Pass campground before or after your scramble. While there is sometimes a small creek across the road from the horse hitch and restroom building early in the summer, be aware that there is often no water, especially in late summer, and you must bring your own Harts Pass camping and hiking water and firewood.
  • Suitable Activities: Scrambling
  • Seasons: July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Strenuous 3, Technical 3
  • Length: 12.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 660 ft
  • 7,850 ft
  • Green Trails Washington Pass No. 50
  • Green Trails Pasayten Peak No. 18
  • USGS Slate Peak
  • USGS Pasayten Peak

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