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Painted Mountain (Red Mountain)

North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway
48.0588, -121.2899 Map & Directions
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
4,875 feet
Highest Point
6,975 feet
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A climber's trail past the abandoned lookout on Painted Mountain to higher elevations. Experience and comfort with scrambling necessary for this hike. Continue reading

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Hiking Painted Mountain (Red Mountain)

Be prepared for a long, steep hike on pine needles when tackling Red Mountain. But your trek will pay off with a lunch spot in flower-strewn meadows and spectacular views of the surrounding peaks.

The official trail for this route is only one mile long, and it is a challenging scramble to reach the top of Painted Mountain beyond about 3100 feet of elevation. 

If you choose to, you'll pass Ruby Lake and through lovely meadows to a huge massif of red rocks that make up the peak of Painted Mountain (aka Red Mountain). 

Painted Mountain (Red Mountain)

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.0588, -121.2899 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Northwest Forest Pass

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Darrington, take the Mountain Loop Highway approximately 17 miles to the Sloan Creek Road (FR49) and turn left. Follow the road for 6.6 miles to the North Fork Sauk Trail 649. The Red Mountain Trail begins 100 yards in from trailhead, on the left.

More Hike Details


North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway

North Fork Sauk River (#49)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: North Cascades (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

Buy the Green Trails Sloan Peak No. 111 map

Buy the Green Trails Glacier Peak No. 112 map

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