The trail turned slightly brushy, and unfortunately, wet. Nature will bear the closest inspection. We were in wildlife geek heaven and could barely contain our excitement. Nearer Cougar Lake, the appropriately named Lost River disappears underground and is replaced by a spectacularly green marsh. Horse trailers and larger or low-clearance vehicles park at the lower trailhead but most cars should be able to make it all the way to the end. In northern Washington state, the Pasayten Wilderness stands out. Between 1970 and 1976, extensive fieldwork was performed by Strickland and others, including early supporters along the PNT corridor who lent extensive knowledge of local trail systems to the effort. Hike five miles east in mostly open terrain to Tungsten Mine, then close the loop by hiking six miles down the Tungsten Trail, then finish back down the Chewuch River. Priceless! Holed up under a fir tree at dusk, we had just finished forty-eight hours of evading in the rain. Backpacking the Pasayten Wilderness : Harts Pass, PCT, Windy Pass, Buffalo Pass, Foggy Pass, Jim Pass, Hulman Pass & Rock Pass Meadows. I watched in amazement as Laurel pulled margarita mix, limes, tequila, guacamole, and fresh carrots from her pack. We saw a spruce grouse in a tree next to the trail. On this leg from Harts Pass to Canada's Manning Provincial Park (where thru-hikers exit the trail), you'll enjoy a vista-to-backpacker ratio that borders on the ludicrous. There was no sign of any of the intersecting trails leading up Stub Creek or to Tatoosh Buttes. It’ll kick back a few cents to me that’ll buy my pup an extra post-adventure treat! So far from the trailhead all the way to Cougar Lake, the trail had been in surprisingly good condition. If done as a five-day trip, longest single day is 12 miles and 2,200 feet elevation. Wandering this country gives you a glimpse of what frontier life might have been like. 1 Gilt für Lieferungen in folgendes Land: Deutschland. Reports had warned us about the heatwave, but we were confident we could withstand the solar wrath for a couple of days before we got into cooler higher-elevation terrain. I’ve always believed that the more you look, the more you see. Hike four miles among wildflowers to 7,500-foot McCall Gulch, the highpoint of the trail. Lieferzeiten für andere Länder und Informationen zur Berechnung des Liefertermins siehe hier: Liefer- und Zahlungsbedingungen We took our breakfast to the sunny spot along the lake we visited the previous day and reveled in the solitude and beauty. It might be a li, Washington State's 93 Remaining Fire Lookouts, Washington State Fire Lookouts Open for Overnight Stays, How to Get Started Backcountry Snowboarding (Or Skiing! Outdoor Research / At the very end of August, I spent 6 days backpacking over 80 miles inside the Pasayten, first completing a stunning solo backpack loop around Devil’s Dome on its west side, then joining up with a friend to explore around the Hidden Lakes of the central Pasayten. Seattle, WA 98104. Larch Pass Loop (Pasayten) A strenuous 52 mile backpack with approximately 7,000 feet of total elevation gain. Eric and Matthew, Oct 2-4. Laurel and I reached the east bank of Cougar Lake just as darkness fell and switched on our headlamps to scope out a camp site. I got caught a bit unprepared by weather on Devils Dome my last night and hiked out hours later than expected with completely soaked gear. Aside from a couple we passed back near the historic cabins, Laurel and I had seen no one else all weekend. Grand total over 6 days in the Pasayten: 76.2 miles | 19,035′Whew, no wonder my legs were tired! As you head north on the high and wild Buckskin Ridge Trail, the vista filled with copper, gold and gunmetal peaks will pull you forward step by step. Continue 3.7 miles to Peeve Pass and allow yourself two nights to camp here, as there are many excellent day hike options nearby. Instead, there was only one other car, a forest service vehicle, and a mule train at the lower trailhead. A backpacking trip there left me in awe of its landscape, solitude, and wildness. As we approached our camp at Cougar Lake, we heard a distinct slapping sound on the water. The trail to begin with was pretty flat for about a mile and then begins to ascend higher and higher making for a bit of a workout. It’s a backpacking favorite and a terrific introduction to the Pasayten. Views of surrounding peaks will keep you entranced. Page was adopted on December 19, 2006. At the very end of August, I spent 6 days backpacking over 80 miles inside the Pasayten, first completing a stunning solo backpack loop around Devil’s Dome on its west side, then joining up with a friend to explore around the Hidden Lakes of the central Pasayten. Explore multiple alpine lakes and mountain passes on a great backpacking loop for solitude seekers. The unmistakable sound of a beaver! She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain. Starting at a little under 7,000 feet in elevation and never dropping below 6,200 feet, your hike on Buckskin Ridge will provide miles of dramatic views. Photo by trip reporter Nolan. After sleuthing out and identifying all the tracks, Laurel discovered that the lake was somehow draining underground. In northern Washington state, the Pasayten Wilderness stands out. Backpacking to Pasayten Airstrip. We had originally planned to camp here for the night, but decided to push on a few more miles to Cougar Lake to see if we could score a safer and more private camp spot. And humbling. Its 530,031 acres of wild land buttress the Canadian border. Middle Hidden turned up even more critters that included coyote, otter, and possibly even mink. You'll find dispersed campsites along the trail, as you enjoy both scenery and solitude.> Plan your trip using WTA's Hiking Guide. From 3-day weekend out-and-backs to challenging week-long loops, the trips below will get you inspired to grab a map, and begin charting your own Pasayten adventures. A previously burned area along the Billy Goat Trail. Join me as I share stories, photos, and more from the wilds of the PNW and beyond! But with more than 600 miles of trails crisscrossing this remote and rugged wilderness, it makes the perfect place to plan a big backpacking trip. We both found ourselves drawn to the Hidden Lakes area. Human-caused carelessness transformed nearly 40% of this beautiful wilderness into charred devastation that won’t ever be the same in our lifetime. If done as a five-day trip, longest single day is 12 miles and 2,200 feet elevation. While fire is a very natural process in many wilderness areas, especially the Pasayten, the Diamond Creek Fire in 2017 was not natural. From the Billy Goat trailhead, the Hidden Lakes trail climbs roughly 700 feet over 2 miles along the eastside of the Eightmile Creek drainage with big views of Big Craggy and Eightmile Peak to the west. www.backpacker-wilderness.com. I love hiking in the Pasayten Wilderness. The Pasayten Wilderness is simply an outstanding playground filled with wild flowers, streams, cliff faces, wildlife, meadows, and views til the eye can see. We sat down, enjoying the amazing solitude, the huge views stretched out before us, and the unbelievable blue sky. After you've taken a swim in Quartz Lake or scrambled up 8,274-foot Sheep Mountain, return to Larch Creek for your final night in the Pasayten and hike out the next day. Pair Buckskin Ridge with the West Fork Pasayten River for a superb 32-mile loop through the Pasayaten Wilderness that starts and ends at Slate Pass. Matthew flew in from California for the weekend and our goal was to maximize time in the wilderness but minimize driving time. From 3-day weekend trips to week-long loops, our guide will get you inspired to grab a map, and begin charting a trip through Washington's remote and rugged Pasayten Wilderness. Trail Name: Eastern Pasayten Loop. Start high and stay high on this stunning section of the Pacific Crest Trail, crossing through Harts Pass, Windy Pass, and Holman Pass. Want so spread even more good? Methow Valley Ranger District:  (509) 996-4003, Tonasket Ranger District:  (509) 486-2186, Buckskin Ridge - West Fork Pasayten River Loop. For most people in Washington, the Pasayten Wilderness, nestled between North Cascades National Park on the west and Canada on the north, is just out of reach for a day hike. Despite rheumatoid arthritis, I'm a peakbagger, backpacker, biker, paddler, and skier. This may be a bit of a "slog" but is definitely worth the extra effort. Located in the Pasayten Wilderness and surrounded by Amphitheater Mountain and Cathedral Peak, Cathedral Lakes are a great destination for a multi-day backpacking trip. Matthew with some larches near Center Mountain. I see all the different species that use the land, how they move and how they behave, and even more amazingly, how they all overlap. Photo by trip reporter D.Baxter. > Plan your trip using WTA's online Hiking Guide, Length: 9.2 milesElevation Gain: 2800 feetHighest Point: 6950 feet. Wildflowers are commonly encountered along the trail. Spent 4 days and 3 nights exploring its wide array of terrain and expansive views. Cascades as you traverse through alpine meadows. The Pasayten Wilderness in Washington State spans 531,000 acres, skirts more than 50 miles of the Canadian border, and is one of the largest wilderness areas in the contiguous US. Far up the Lost River Valley of the Pasayten, only 10 miles south of the Canadian border, lie a chain of four gorgeous lakes: Cougar Lake, First Hidden Lake, Middle Hidden Lake, and Big Hidden Lake. Most of us are so consumed with getting from point A to point B and marveling at the big grand vistas when we’re outside that we miss all of these tiny, magical moments that truly make nature a gift. It covers ____ acres in North-Central Washington. Untouched and undiscovered Pasayten Wilderness is Washington's well kept secrets. They’ve clearly been burned away. I had a window of freedom for half of July and needed to find some trails relatively snow free. I felt guilty for finding any kind of beauty amongst such widespread destruction, but it was there. My newest adventure? During my recent four day backpacking trip in the Pasayten Wilderness with Brett, Tim and Bill we visited an old Tungsten mine on Wolframite Mountain. The Boundary Trail section of the PNT in Horseshoe Basin, Pasayten Wilderness. Climb the local peaks, check out the Canadian border monuments, or kick back and watch the marmots. Cougar Lake was peacefully beautiful in the light of day and the air was full of the tiny meeps of pika. A long weekend is the perfect chance to make the drive from either the west or east sides of the state up to Horseshoe Basin. Continue six more miles to circle Amphitheater Mountain, passing upper Cathedral Lake to 7,600-ft Cathedral Pass. The trailhead was Slate Pass at 6900 feet - nearly the highest altitude of the trip, within a few hundred feet. The bridge at Drake Creek was burned out in the fire but the water was low enough that the crossing wasn’t difficult and only required a few acrobatic hops across some logs and rocks. Take in views of the Pasayten River Valley and the surrounding North Cascades as you traverse through alpine meadows. We decided to keep our cozy camp at Cougar Lake and day hike to Big Hidden Lake with lighter packs. Pasayten Wilderness encompasses 531,000 acres, skirting more than 50 miles of Canada's border and encompassing the crest of the Cascades. Larch Pass Loop (Pasayten) A strenuous 52 mile backpack with approximately 7,000 feet of total elevation gain. Hike 10 easy miles along the river, then make the climb to 6,870-ft Remmel Lake and many camps. Ruffwear / Right along the trail were two enormous horse camps with not only unburned, stable trees, but also lots of rocks and logs for lounging. Despite the scars, it was breathtakingly beautiful. We decided to access it via the Canyon Creek trailhead, since that was only a 2.5 hr drive away instead of Slate Pass, which is closer to 5 hours away. We stopped at the cabins for a lunch break and explored the area. It’s clear there used to be scattered campsites and horse camps between the trailhead and Drake Creek, but most are now blackened and surrounded by scorched, unstable snags. From 3-day weekend trips to week-long loops, our guide will get you inspired to grab a map, and begin charting a trip through Washington's remote and rugged Pasayten Wilderness. Studying maps, I mapped out a loop through the eastern Pasayten wilderness to Upper Cathedral Lake.. Laurel and I spent our last day at Cougar Lake lazily, not really wanting to leave. There wasn’t another soul around. Photo by trip reporter Wild Side. Its 530,031 acres of wild land buttress the Canadian border. It wasn’t clear if the mules were coming or going, but we were surprised and delighted for this much solitude on a holiday weekend! Behind us was Many Trails Peak, towering over the landscape. From the sound of it, there was a pretty healthy pika population living in the surrounding talus fields that had survived the fire just fine! After 16 miles, you'll be close to the confluence of the West and Middle Forks of the Pasayaten River. The Pasayten Wilderness is one of the largest wildernesses in the state of Washington and one of the largest in the contiguous United States. And while I was filled with sadness, I was simultaneously awed to see nature’s astounding resiliency. Every once in a while a nymph would take flight and stay low, making it to the safety of the trees along the shore and we would cheer. We found tiny underwater snails on the logs, saw trout jumping from the lake, and could have stayed here for days, soaking it all in. The … A backpacking trip there left me in awe of its landscape, solitude, and wildness. Since Laurel is a restoration guru, she was curious to see how the land was recovering and I was curious to see what the area looked like since the fire. We watched giddily as he made laps all over the lake, slapping his tail as he went. Thread starter NorthwestWanderer; Start date Aug 1, 2019; Don't like ads? Overview More to come. > Plan your trip using WTA's Hiking Guide, Length: 50 milesElevation Gain: 5000 feetHighest Point: 7500 feet. Instead, Laurel and I met for breakfast, then poured over maps while I dried my gear in the sun at Pearrgyin Lake State Park. My original plan was to meet my friend Laurel in Winthrop after completing Devils Dome, then head out for a 45 mile backpack through the Cathedral Pass area further east. Once we came out on the west side of the pass we were astounded, shocked, surprised and generally overwhelmed with the view. Even the elusive grizzly may roam here. I left my telephoto lens at the trailhead. The route was first conceived by Ron Strickland in 1970. Toasted by a 2003 wildfire that left only a few fir islands in its wake, this corner of the Pasayten Wilderness is recovering nicely, with pioneering penstemon, paintbrush, fireweed and clematis clambering among the avalanche-deposited boulders littering the Lake Creek drainage. The section we chose is nestled in Washington's Pasayten Wilderness, just on the other side of the Cascade Range’s rainshadow and east of North Cascades National Park. Distance: 7.3 miles | Elevation Gain: 1,270′. Well, I tried to take a, I keep telling myself I’m gonna take a ski rest, Another day, another ski outing. Situated in the Pasayten Wilderness on the eastern edge of the North Cascades, this horseshoe basin gets lots of sunshine, allowing for early and late-season high country probing. The Pasaytan skirts Canada'a border and includes beautiful open country with views of rolling meadows and surrounding peaks. , Cotopaxi / Our backpacking trip took us to only a small part of the Pasayten — centered on Horseshoe Basin. Distance: 13.8 miles | Elevation Gain: 3,150′. Not deterred by a little tree hopping and route finding, we continued along Middle Hidden Lake and yet again, took a long break to explore more tracks in the dry lake bed. I’ll only say this about our 13 mile return hike: boy that climb from Diamond Creek all the way back up to Lucky Pass is a beast! Once we turned our focus to the actual lake, we noticed a huge school of trout, floundering and trapped in the small receding pool of water left. The location is extremely remote (30 miles from Winthrop) so it was amazing to see the array of machinery present at the mine. The area has been long storied for its beauty and trout fishing, but was severely impacted by the 128,000 acre Diamond Creek Fire in 2017. Note on water: Parts of the Pasayten can lack abundant water sources, so check conditions before you go, plan your sources carefully and file a trip report when you return. Wander through meadows full of lupine, Indian paintbrush, yellow aster, and many other wildflowers, or visit in autumn to hike among golden larches. My legs were now approaching 60 miles and close to 15k in 4 days. The Pasayten Wilderness is one of the most remote places in washington, so that seemed to fit the bill. But as I hiked, I wasn’t really thinking about my legs or how tired they were from these 80 miles in the Pasayten. East Pasayten Loop Trip Report – Day 1. July 19th, 2008 Leave a comment During my recent four day backpacking trip in the Pasayten Wilderness with Brett, Tim and Bill we visited an old Tungsten mine on Wolframite Mountain. Set up camp, and spend a week scrambling up a half dozen surrounding gentle lofty peaks. We headed back to the trail and continued on, finally reaching the historic cabins between First and Middle Hidden Lakes at Stub Creek, which were wrapped and saved from the fire. Washington Trails Association We didn’t arrive until midday on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend and fully expected a sea of cars. Click here for more info. The reality? They had nowhere to go and with bear tracks extending into the lake, it was clear the trout were likely providing an easy snack for a lot of critters. Make your next purchase through my affiliate links below at no cost to you. It’s hard to hike through this scorched area and not feel enormous sadness, loss, and frustration at human impacts. I've spent over 20 years exploring the Washington State backcountry and in 2019 completed a project to visit and photograph all of Washington's last remaining fire lookouts. Pasayten Wilderness : SummitPost.org : Climbing, hiking, mountaineering. Score! Bathtub at Tungsten Mine Pasayten Wilderness ©Andy Porter From the mine it was a relatively short and easy hike up to Apex Pass (7800 ft). This was a six day backpacking trip in the Pasayten Wilderness, in north-central Washington state, east of North Cascades National Park. Our home stomping grounds include the extensive backcountry surrounding the Methow Valley of Washington. The Pasayten Wilderness in Washington State spans 531,000 acres, skirts more than 50 miles of the Canadian border, and is one of the largest wilderness areas in the contiguous US. Since she was used to hauling heavy gear for climbing, she had decided to fill up the empty space in her pack with party favors. I guess it makes sense if the Lost River is indeed subterranean in places. Full of gorgeous lakes, high alpine tundra, and nearly 150 peaks over 7,500′ in elevation, the Pasayten’s biodiversity is a marvel. The location is extremely remote (30 miles from Winthrop) so it was amazing to … After driving 9 miles north on the West Chewuch Road, you continue another 17 miles on Forest Road 5130, which branches off the Chewuch at the 8 Mile Sno-Park. Prices quoted are within a 10 mile radius of the Stehekin Valley. Once at Eightmile Pass, the trail descends 1,000 feet in the next 2 miles down to Drake Creek. I was still a bit soggy, cold, and grumpy and as we unpacked camp, Laurel asked, “would you like a margarita?”. The trails aren’t hidden in brush as they sometimes are on the west side of the Cascade Range. There are beautiful views of the Lost River Valley and Lost Peak, Pass Butte, and Many Trails Peak dominate the landscape. Getting to the Billy Goat trailhead is a small adventure in and of itself and takes roughly an hour from Winthrop. Being the wildlife geeks we are, Laurel and I started chatting out about what might be down there. Of course wouldn’t you know? 12 miles in and barely a mile from camp and my shoes and pants were soaked through in no time. Eventually the trail all but disappeared and we picked the path of least resistance through the trees and debris, at last arriving at the shore of Big Hidden Lake, which stretched gorgeously far into the distance. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Backpacking the Pasayten Wilderness. MSR / It’s home to an astounding array of wildlife, including the largest population of lynx in the lower 48 as well as deer, moose, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and wolves. Photo by trip reporter MazamaMike. Living off-grid in my Airstream while I build a small sustainable home. I first travelled in the Pasayten as an impressionable 19-year old backpacker on the PCT in August of 1973. Start your trip at the Billy Goat Trailhead and hike 7.3 miles to a campsite along Larch Creek, crossing through Billy Goat Pass, Three Fools Pass, and over Diamond Creek. The Pasayten’s … Tips for backpacking in a Wilderness area, Length: 12 milesElevation Gain: 1550 feetHighest Point: 7200 feet. Distance: 65-70 miles, round trip. Photo by LghtChsr_MtnLvr. Make the easy trek to this 7,000-foot basin teeming with wildlife. The lake was low and completely cut off. This is a short backpacking trip my buddy Adam and I did in Washington's Pasayten Wilderness a few weeks ago in June, 2019. On these pages you will find accounts of the adventures of Pasayten, Gnome and friends as they backpack into some beautiful backcountry locations. Though we have lived in the valley for decades, there are many areas yet to explore. I wasn’t quite reorganized to hit the trail again early Saturday morning. With 150 miles between resupply points, the Pacific Northwest Trail offers an immersive wilderness experience within the 531,000-acre Pasayten Wilderness. 67 miles. After Drake Creek, the trail climbs again and takes you up another 1,000 feet in the next 1.5 miles to Lucky Pass. A few colorful wildflowers popping up along the PCT. The Pasaytan skirts Canada'a border and includes beautiful open country with views of rolling meadows and surrounding peaks. 12 Replies. There were two big elevation gains, and no switchbacks. See more ideas about wilderness, washington, pacific northwest trail. The views are even bigger now that the trees have sadly been burned into matchsticks. Starting at Iron Gate TH to Armstrong Mountain 7/29 - 7/30 500px : https://500px.com/courterpnw Lacey 500px: https://500px.com/laceypnw The last mile to the trailhead turns a bit rougher and narrow. I was immensely relaxed, rejuvenated, and inspired by the wilderness around me. Fire has opened up sweeping vistas previously hidden by forest and painted the landscape in a spectacular palette of deep earthy colors–reds, oranges, and browns. So much in nature goes completely unnoticed until you truly sit down, be still, watch, and listen. Start at the 30-Mile trailhead on the Chewuch River out of Winthrop. Photo: Richard Forbes . Length: 44.7 milesElevation Gain: 4000 feetHighest Point: 7800 ft. A tarn above upper Cathedral Lake. We soon heard flocks of small chirping birds, all in the trees behind us and realized they weren’t just flying over the lake, they were catching thousands of tiny little nymphs that were hatching from the lake and taking flight. This entry was posted in Backpacking, Pasayten Wilderness, Trip Reports on August 26, 2008 by brett. Continue to Sunny Pass at … As you head north on the high and wild Buckskin Ridge Trail, the vista filled with copper, gold and gunmetal peaks will pull you forward step by step. REI / Spending extended time in a wilderness that has been forever changed by fire is visceral. NorthwestWanderer Member. Very exciting! I couldn’t believe it! My soggy mood was immediately bolstered and I kicked off my wet shoes and relaxed on a log. Over 600 miles of trails access the Wilderness, and the PNT explores 95 miles of them. I may wear out my, Morning alpenglow on Gardner... so happy I still h, Hey, where’d my cattle dog go?! This trail is exceptionally beautiful and travels through the Pasayten Wilderness Area. There’s a small camping area right off the trail with easy access to water, but it’s surrounded by a lot of soot and burned, unstable trees. When it was finally time to return to camp, we reluctantly gathered our gear, not really wanting to leave this magical place. The Pasayten Wilderness. It was beautiful. Surviving the Pasayten Wilderness – A F-16 Pilot’s Backpack Trip Turns Educational “It was the worst day of my life. We had hoped to get to Tungsten Lake, but after 17 miles we needed to find a campsite and water plus it started to snow so we continued on to the Boundary Trail - Pasayten Wilderness Trail. Available most of the summer in the Wenatchee National Forest; Sawtooth Area, North Cascades National Park and Recreation Area and Glacier Peak Wilderness. We awoke to a freezing morning and took our breakfast, hot tea, and coffee up the trail to a sunny clearing along the lake. I was ready for a relaxing evening at camp! Depending on the time of year the meadow could be filled with lupine and Indian paintbrush as wells several other species of wildflowers. Joined May 3, 2018 Messages 224. Beginning at the Irongate Trailhead west of Loomis, hikers will head west, covering some of the most spectacular features of the wilderness area until eventually turning into the Castle Pass Trail, and descending out of the Pasayten Wilderness. Spend a day — or a week — exploring the wonders of this alpine landscape. At the same time, beyond the scars, is beauty in the devastation. Rumbles of thunder and now it was there blue sky California for the rest of the most remote in! 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