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Pasayten Wilderness

Posted on Jun 4, 2024 in Washington's Wilderness Areas

Buttressing 50 miles of the Canadian border, lies the 530,031-acre Pasayten Wilderness. Home to the largest population of Canada lynx in the Lower 48, trips here also offer the promise of spotting grizzly bears, gray wolves, moose, and bighorn sheep. Thanks to a unique geological history that has left behind nearly 150 peaks towering over 7,500 feet high and rare boreal hummocks that dot the landscape, this Wilderness also offers much for rockhounds. 

The Pasayten Wilderness was included in a 1968 bill that also established North Cascades National Park and Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas and modified the Glacier Peak Wilderness. 

WTA’s 10 Best Summer Hikes in the Pasayten Wilderness