Elevation gain: 635 feet
Round trip: 3.8 miles
Hiking time: 2 hours
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Family friendly: Yes
Best times to hike: Spring and fall
Amenities: Camping at Colonial Creek Campground
Current conditions: Clear
Dogs: Allowed but must be on a leash
Highlights: Great mountain views early in the season for minimal effort, and pleasing ones of Diablo Lake
Maps: National Geographic Trails Illustrated map of the North Cascades and Green Trails Diablo Dam 48 (from 2004).
Getting there: Take the North Cascades Highway (state route 20) east from Sedro-Woolley, to the Colonial Creek Campground, about 10 miles past Newhalem. The trailhead is on the north side of the road, near campsite 21.
Start by crossing Colonial Creek, then go through a mossy forest and ascend gentle switchbacks to the rocky summit.
Permits: Northwest Forest Pass required.
Current conditions: Wilderness Information Center at Marblemount, (360) 854-7245. Or go to www.nps.gov/noca and type in Current Trail Conditions in the search window.
Source: “Day Hike! North Cascades” by Mike McQuaide; North Cascades National Park Service Complex