Pasayten Wilderness

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Pasayten Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Pasayten Slate Peak.JPG
View from Slate Peak
Location Okanogan / Whatcom counties, Washington, USA
Nearest city Mazama, WA, Princeton, BC
Coordinates 48°50′0″N 120°40′0″W / 48.83333°N 120.66667°W / 48.83333; -120.66667Coordinates: 48°50′0″N 120°40′0″W / 48.83333°N 120.66667°W / 48.83333; -120.66667
Area 530,031 acres (2145 km²)
Established October 2, 1968
Governing body U.S. Forest Service

The Pasayten Wilderness is a 2145 km². protected area located within Okanogan National Forest and Mount Baker National Forest in Washington State, centered on the Three Forks (48°54′02″N 120°38′01″W / 48.900584°N 120.6336808°W / 48.900584; -120.6336808) of the Pasayten River, a tributary of the Similkameen River. The northern boundary of the wilderness is the Canadian border. Across the border are Manning Provincial Park and Cathedral Provincial Park. The wilderness area is adjacent to the Ross Lake National Recreation Area to the west, and North Cascades National Park beyond that. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail has its northernmost section in this wilderness. The western part of the wilderness features dramatic views of the northern Washington Cascade Mountains while the eastern section is known for its grasslands and tundra.

The Pasayten is traditional hunting territory of the Nlaka'pamux peoples of the Fraser Canyon and Nicola Country along with adjoining parts of the Cascade Range, although there are no Nlaka'pamux populations on the Washington side of the border.

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