PCT: Rainy Pass to Harts Pass
09/09/12 (Sun) - 09/11/12 (Tue)
PCT Series Notes - This backpack includes all PCT mileage in the day hikes E1 & E2, and stays on the PCT the entire way. It would be proposed as a 2.5 day backpack.
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Start at 4855’ climb to 6820’, drop to 6290’, and climb again to 6600’ Then descend all the way to 4280’ over about 8 miles, and climb to 6750’. Take a short drop to 600’ and climb up to 6900’, ending with a descent to 6200’. Total gain = 5045’
HIKE – HIKE - Head North on PCT 5.0 miles to junction of TR 483. Head another 5.5 miles to Methow Pass. Continue 2.2 miles, then 2.7 miles, and another 1.0 mile, passing the junction of TR 756 and arriving at the junction of TR 755. You’ll go another 2.0 miles to the junction of TR 480. Head North 2.7 miles to Glacier Pass. Continue 2.0 miles to Grasshopper Pass. You’ll head 2.1 miles to Tatie Peak. Then you will go 2.0 miles and then 2.9 miles, finishing at the Harts Pass CG. A reasonable estimate of nightly camps might be Snowy Lakes Junction (10.7 mi) and Tatie Peak (15.2 mi) before a short 4.8-5 miles to the vehicles at Harts Pass CG.
GETTING THERE – About a 3-1/2 hour drive. From Asy Way Park & Ride, drive North on I-405 and merge on to North Interstate-5. Take Exit #208. Travel East on Hwy 530 towards Arlington / Darrington. Continue West on Hwy 20, North Cascades Highway, approximately 51.3 miles to the Trailhead at Rainy Pass. You will stage most people here before moving the cars to the end of the hike. The vehicle shuttle is likely to take 1.5-2 hrs. To drop cars at the end, continue east 21.8 miles to Lost River Rd., near Mazama. Turn North on Lost River Road and go 6.5 miles where FR 5400 begins. Stay on FR 5400, the pavement ends in 0.2 miles and go 2.4 miles to FR 060. Bear right (NW) and go about 9.7 miles. You should reach a junction near the PCT and FRs 500, 600 and 700, at the Harts Pass campground. This backpack overlaps portions of other PCT series dayhikes but stays on the PCT the entire way. This could be lead as a 2 or 3 day backpack. The trip would ideally coordinate with day-hikers who could key-swap or have cars at Hart’s Pass with room to take the backpackers back to Rainy Pass to avoid the long car shuttle; or it could be combined with the next backpack into a 6-day trip.
Harts Pass southward to Rainy Pass. This backpack is in conjunction with another backpack from Harts Pass north Sept 4-8. Elevation gain for three days is 7600 feet, elevation loss is 9000 feet. Leader Lawrence Landauer, co-leader Marion Bauman email@example.com
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