This trailhead is not a secluded area, with WA State Hwy 2 just a few yards away. There is no fee but if you stay more than a night, you may want to acquire a recreation pass to avoid any problems (available at any FS Ranger office.) I never saw anyone checking for it, however. The Golden Age pass works fine for seniors. The altitude is about 4000 feet so nights are cold and windy. Winters are snowy in this pass, so summer is the best time. The Cascade Crest trail is behind the A-frame hut on the North side of the parking lot. Some backpackers park here for weeks at a time to hike this trail that goes all the way from Canada to Mexico.
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