Heritage Tours:

Search for a tour by category:

Search site:

string(50) ""

Wild Goose Pass Tree

This point marks the original location of the tree that was moved. It was preserved by the USFS as an artifact of the early exploration and survey of the region and is available for public viewing during the summer season in the Heather Meadows Visitor Center.

The Wild Goose Pass Tree is a historically significant tree which was originally located near Austin Pass off the Lake Ann Trailhead. The tree was marked by Banning Austin in 1893 during a road survey of the region that sought to develop a route across the North Cascades. In 1886, Austin had joined others in an attempt to find a route to the Ruby Creek mines further east in Whatcom County. After two months of exploration, the survey party concluded that it would be possible to construct a trail through the area, but nothing further was attempted. In 1893, a renewed effort was made to find a route with Austin once again a part of the survey team. Although a route was recommended, it was later determined to be infeasible. No road crossing of the North Cascades was achieved until the completion of the North Cascades Highway (SR 20) in 1972.