white pass pilot ridge loop

Bring a GPS as you can lose the trail in some of the snow crossings. Note: the High route in indeed very treacherous, some friends of ours had brought a dog and unfortunately had his paw pads were injured. Aug 3, 2014 - A loop hike, beginning and ending in the old-growth forests of the North Fork Sauk River that traverses high ridges and passes of the Pacific crest, visits beautiful alpine lakes, and finally follows the high and lonesome Pilot Ridge Trail before descending … Blue Lake High Route: I personally recommend avoiding this unless you are in good shape and plan on making Blue Lake a camping spot. The ascent from either side of the loop … 23.29 m Down, 34.7 mi If you like ridge hiking, sloping green hills, and constant vistas, check out this loop. Stunning views from White Pass, Blue Lake, and Pilot Ridge. other than that the fall colors were awesome. The trail is actually really nice going down. Over July 4th 2014, we hiked the 30 mile loop around Pilot Ridge. We headed back to the junction we were supposed to be at just around the corner. Also the small stream here is not the most convenient. We saw one, kept moving, around the corner saw lower Blue Lake. Saturday morning we were at the 2200' trailhead by 9:00 and had to squeeze into a parking space. Please read to the end** The entire hike was extremely beautiful, flowers were everywhere. There are some highly hike-able miles along the ridge as the trail rolls toward Dishpan Gap. Descent from Pilot Ridge: I know steep inclines/declines are almost always the worst part about hiking, but this will kill your knees. It was refreshing to soak my feet. There are spots to camp along the way around mile 4.5 & 6.2. When you cross the logs, there is no trail up to the trail that takes you home. There is water year-round on the climb up to White Pass - look for a couple of springs in the hillside on the trail up toward the top. Once you gain Pilot Ridge Trail #652 later in the run, there's no water until you drop back to the Sauk. We had added Foam Creek Basin to this day and having this last little climb was brutal. 9,090' Down North Cascades. 69.8 km You will run into some people on this trail (if you are into that sort of thing). 2-night, 3-day backpack of the gorgeous White Pass / Pilot Ridge Loop in Glacier Peak Wilderness with bonus climbs of Johnson Mountain and Pilot Peak. Otherwise, bugs were not too bad. There is a small stream about a third of the way down the descent. I was rewarded with the most awesome spring trickling down the mountain as I reached the Pacific Crest Trail. It’s not easy terrain, but the views are worth it. 445.31 m Up Oct 15, 2017 - A loop hike, beginning and ending in the old-growth forests of the North Fork Sauk River that traverses high ridges and passes of the Pacific crest, visits beautiful alpine lakes, and finally follows the high and lonesome Pilot Ridge Trail before descending back … I did not see many hikers on the other trails. The route was the North Fork Sauk River trail to Red Pass, White Pass, the PCT to Dishpan Gap then Blue Lakes with an exit via Pilot Ridge. What a day. It was good enough for most of the trail, but there were a few sections where I had to ration it. But in due time, we made it. • 1,461' Up 3998.56 m Down. White Pass - Pilot Ridge Loop; Initially I had planned on completing a clockwise loop over the course of three days and two nights, which I would definitely recommend (at the very least) to enjoy this vast and majestic pocket of the North Cascades. • Some hadn’t noted this previously. The Great: If you’re thinking about it, please do it because you won’t regret it! 28.5mi, Create Recommended Route or A few areas of rock needed to get lower to get down but poles are very helpful there. White Pass Pilot Ridge Loop Trail is a 30.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Darrington, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. 1.3 km Lots of little streams to fill up. The last bit! Trail was fairly easy to follow and only saw 3 other groups the whole trip. I was recording the route on my phone. You then re-ascend to the unmarked junction with the poets ridge trail. Kodak Pass: some of the best views of the Cascades with Rainier in the distance (on a clear day of course) And we were happy, hungry and tired campers. Kept moving. A little ways after passing the junction with the white river trail, you descend into a little valley where you will pass the junction with the indian river trail. Great trail but easily could be a difficult designation. Watch Queue Queue Make sure to bring microspikes and trekking poles to cross the snow. On Day 3, we totally missed the trail leaving Blue Lake, because there are many crisscrossing trails through camp.. We had heard of this based on reviews on other websites and we STILL missed the trail. 1109.31 m Down, 43.3 mi Day 2 was my favorite due to plentiful wild flowers still in bloom and tons of marmots scrambling along directly on the trail. There is no water that I can remember between Blue Lake and the Pilot Ridge descent. It is mostly just a lot of downward hiking. Probably could walk across it if you trust your balance. White Pass - Pilot Ridge Loop There's no place I'd rather be for my birthday than in the mountains and my companions for this adventure were old friends Blissman, Yoyo and Phlemy. We spent 2 nights and 3 days on trail and made 18 miles. There is a good one immediately after leaving the PCT and heading towards Pilot Ridge. And had a rocky descent of maybe 500ft, before we even made it to the PRTrail and the Blue Lake junction. • Ten years ago we day hiked up Pilot Ridge and had some terrific views. About water (Sep 10): Animals among us were Pika, Marmots, and a deer. • And they had said it was extremely sketchy with loose slippery rocks and steep steep travel. Spam? This time we would hike Pilot and continue around to White Pass and head out the North Fork Sauk River. Starting at the North Fork Sauk River trailhead, this route meanders along the river for a gentle 5 mile warm up before shooting up the ridge, gaining ~3000 feet in 3 miles to join the PCT near White Pass. White Pass - Pilot Ridge Loop, Lake Sally Ann. 10.2 km I ended up scooting across a fallen tree. We had picked a 30-mile loop called White Pass-Pilot Ridge Loop, which promised lots of ridge walking with spectacular views, bookended by several miles of old growth forest full of ancient cedars and lush ferns. So he trailed right, and finally caught up to my voice and the original trail. White Pass Pilot Ridge Loop Trail is a 30.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Darrington, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Once on the PCT, head south, being sure to not trip over your bottom lip due to the jaw dropping views along the way. Lots of mosquitoes on the lower portions of the trail so bring bug spray! Trail. Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at the trailhead: We did about 10 miles each day, camping in a different place each night. Logistically, this is a good location if you are doing this loop. But the soft dirt and pine needle covered ground lays out a nicer soft footed trail going down in the switchbacks. The lake is beautiful. Starting at the North Fork Sauk River trailhead, this route meanders along the river for a gentle 5-mile warm up before shooting up the ridge, gaining ~3000 feet in 3 miles to join the PCT near White Pass. One of us thought we had made it to the lake but we were not. This was sure a great backpacking adventure with beautiful views of the mountain range, Silver Lake via Monte Cristo Trail and Poodle Dog Pass Trail, Silvertip Peak Scramble via Monte Cristo Trail and Poodle Dog Pass Trail. However, the temperature was about 70 degrees despite being 91 degrees down in Darrington. It's an excellent way to spend a long weekend. The lake was pristine, blue as day. This is an incredibly diverse trail that is perfect for a backpacking trip. Taking other people's content (text, photos, etc) without permission is a copyright violation and The hike up to white pass is no joke. Due to lack of campsites on Pilot Ridge, the best choice is to make this loop in a clockwise direction, taking the North Fork Sauk Trail all the way up to the Pacific Crest Trail. Starting at the North Fork Sauk River trailhead, this route meanders along the river for a gentle 5-mile warm up before shooting up the ridge, gaining ~3000 feet in 3 miles to join the PCT near White Pass. The long route, which we had taken was a little fake out. 2770.78 m Down, 6.5 mi And never regretted a thing. Trail info: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/white-pass-pilot-ridge-loop Your FREE account works with all Adventure Projects sites. Once on the PCT, head south, being sure to not trip over your bottom lip due to the jaw dropping views along the way. So again, the Alltrails app saved me. • Plenty of water from TH to White Pass. The Good: 11,003' Up The water underneath is very strong so it is easy to get disoriented while walking across. We never had to filter water at the stagnant ponds; there were trickling springs at multiple spots. Lots of northwest wildflowers: lupine, glacier lilies, columbines, etc. White Pass Pilot Ridge Loop spreads out over about 30 miles beginning and ending in the lush old growth forests of the North Fork Sauk River. White Pass itself is beautiful. White Pass: excellent spot to camp and catch the sunset/sunrise We easily re-found the trail. Note: The junction sign does not say Blue Lake on it, someone had tried to carve it in but you barely see it. Blue Lake: it was nice to sit here and dip your feet in the water after the Blue Lake High Route (I would NOT do this route in snow.) You will recognize it by the flat sign stating "glacier peak wilderness." Insanely steep and almost a bit of a scramble. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. Beautiful Drive to the North Fork Sauk River trailhead at the Sloan Creek Campground and park there. There are two small lakes before the big Blue Lake and in no way comparable! Incredible trail, hiked this over 3 days and 2 nights 7/17-7/19, highly reccomend. The trail leading up to Mackinaw Shelter climbs gently and provides ample shade. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Made a backpack trip out of this and it rained hard. Here was the tricky bit. The Bad: This trail is rough going getting in and out of the range, but it’s all beautiful. Northwest Forest Pass required at the trailhead. • One mile after passing the … Huckleberries lining the trail, increasing incredible views. A longer, more moderate hike on the Bald Eagle to Pilot Ridge trail probably would have been more enjoyable. The good first portion is with no tree cover, savor water for the first half, and there is indeed a small creek and water source before you hit the junction of Blue Lake high route and Low route. More along Pilot Ridge than other part of the loop. NOT OKAY! The blue lake high route is pretty gnarly. Drive the Mountain Loop Highway #530 north from Darrington or south from Rockport to just north of the Bedal Campground and turn east on the North Fork Sauk River road #49. This loop can be done as fast as you want or as a week-long adventure. Ran the loop + added a couple of detours to equal 35 miles for the day. The campsite was buggy, so my $1.50 mosquito head net was totally worth it, Wearing long sleeves and long pants were also necessary due to biting flies. Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out. • We took the high route to Blue Lake. The second leg is a hot one. This video is unavailable. We could not see the trail until we were five feet from it. 24.82 m Up The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. If you have the legs I’m sure 30 miles would be a great idea! Water refill points everywhere, last couple miles of downhill is brutal on the knees but totally worth it. Great views on clear days, definitely a must do hike... Day one from trailhead to White Pass is a hard push up, up, up through endless switchbacks. You get a taste of everything great about PNW hiking: miles through lush forests, a quiet alpine lake, challenging climbs, fields of wildflowers, and a long stretch of trail along a ridge with incredible views off either side of the trail including a couple of Washington's glaciated peaks. I was able to put my foot on a root across and pull my way over the drop. This is where Alltrails SAVED me. It’s slumping in places, although always easy to follow. The way out was great. It's just something that you have to endure. The rest of the day was not very spectacular. 445.34 m Down, 6.3 mi 11.8 mi Most popular is a two night trip, staying at White Pass the first night and Blue Lake the second night. Glacier Peak, Sloan Peak, Bryant Peak, Kodak Peak, Kyes Peak, Foggy Peak and so many more.. There was a little more than a dozen cars parked. 55.8 km A lot of this trail is high up and exposed, so be sure to drink and carry as much as possible from Blue Lake. • Trail is in great condition. This is one of my favorite backpacking trails. My partners legs were like jello so he waded the river while I went over a log, around 70ft long. It is a strenuous, fully exposed hike, but doable. There is also no bridge to cross the stream at the bottom. To continue the loop from White Pass, head south on the PCT over miles and miles of mind-boggling ridges, meadows and flower fields, passing Reflection Pond, Kid Pond, Indian Pass, Kodak Peak, which is worth hiking to the top. Ascent to White Pass: Obviously an ascent like this is difficult, but be prepared for this to take much longer than you think. In a few places, old log bridges are rotting away and area a bit slick. 2772.1 m Up No bridge seen, only big trees to walk across. Trail is narrow and is mostly loose rocks. We hoped that a Saturday to Monday trip would minimize the crowds. Also, not much to look at until you are closer to the top. 416.69 m Down, 0.8 mi 81' Up For more info on trails and hikes check out my Instagram, @alex.morose. Being a jerk / offensive? 1,367' Down Trip Report By. An Adventure Projects staff member will review this and take an appropriate action, but we generally don't reply. Once on the PCT, head south, being sure to not trip over your bottom lip due to the jaw dropping views along the way. Very surprised I didn't fall on the way up or down. Lots of little flying insects on top of Kodak Peak. A little scarce from Kodak Pass to Blue Lake. July 19-21. The camp sites are good. • Luckily for us we could hear eachother but going left when he got out of the water was impossible. Coming down from Blue lake is a bit more rugged. 13,119' Down • Amazing fall colors and blueberries galore! Some boulders are hidden in parts of the trail under tree branches so watch footing. Blue Lake was gorgeous. When you reach the river at the bottom, there is not bridge -- jsut fallen logs. 3353.7 m Up A constant, steep grade for ~4 miles. 1107.5 m Up I don't remember any water between Kodak Peak and Blue Lake. 19.0 km • The descent down from the ridge is extremely steep and long. Then we took the right turn and we had another similar jaunt to go back up to get to Blue Lake. I carried ~2.5 liters of water the whole time. The descent also has another water source but after the meadows to heading down, I do not remember how far unfortunately but you are not out of luck the whole way until North Fork. PCT: This section was well maintained and had most of the good views. Please explain. So I got soaked as did everything else. Be sure to stock up early before Kodak Pass. 9,095' Up I could see where I was and where I was supposed to be. We just headed in the direction we needed to go across a random wild flower laden mountainside. First section was great, there is water before the descent and a little after the ascent. 416.75 m Up Something else? Watch Queue Queue. 1,367' Up The biggest danger is tripping/falling off the trail from your head constantly swiveling around to take it all in. You have to bushwack your your way to the trail. 76' Down 10.5 km This is about an injury or accident He was having to go on hands and knees trying to slide his backpack under logs, under bushes and bushwhacking to try to find the trail again. Started hiking at 6:30am. We only lost the trail at the very top for a bit. • If you choose this route* after you make it across, the roots have come up from that fallen tree so there is a drop and a “root” climb back out, or there is a smaller log you can try to scoot your way across. 3,639' Down Help keep our trails and parks open during COVID-19 by committing to social distancing. 3,634' Up White Pass camp area is sheltered, but the view isn't the best. I recommend using poles. The cascades never cease to amaze me. Once you get to the last spot, there is a river crossing! As for my friend, he waded the river but there was no trail for him once he got to the other side. The trail on Pilot Ridge is clearly the least traveled of this loop. But just to reassure people. 1,461' Down Could walk across it if you are closer to the junction we were not equal. Incredible trail, but the soft dirt and pine needle covered ground lays out a nicer soft footed trail down... 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