Backpack - Beaver Pass-Whatcom Pass/via Ross Lake

Beaver Pass-Whatcom Pass/via Ross Lake

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  • Fri, Jun 4, 2010 — Sun, Jun 6, 2010
  • Foothills Hiking Committee
  • Day Hiking, Backpacking
  • Adults
6:45 AM at Marblemount Ranger Station

Miles: 27-39 backpack + possible 18 mi day hike from basecamp
Elevation Gain: 2000’ backpack + 1200’ on dayhike (snow permitting) Lovely trip through enormous old-growth cedar forest up to a 3650’ pass with views east across Ross Lake and the snowcapped peaks of the Pasayten. We will set up a base camp 10-15 miles uptrail (as pace permits), then day hike on day 2 to 5200’ Whatcom Pass if snow and trail conditions permit, and hike back out on day 3. We hope to be able to take the Ross Lake Resort water taxi uplake to the trailhead to enable us to take the full Little Beaver-Big Beaver loop. The water taxi involves an additional per-person charge so we will check in with the group and finalize these plans a week or so before the trip. Because of the daily mileage this trip will require very good conditioning and experience with packing and carrying a pack. (This is not the trip to be carrying a bottle of wine and Grandma’s iron skillet.) You need to be able to average 2 miles per hour uphill without frequent rest stops. We expect at least one serious stream crossing to be waded or crossed on a log (bring water shoes). Weather can be sketchy this time of year and there could be snow on the ground at the top, so you will need layers, raingear, warm non-cotton clothing, a good 20-30 degree sleeping bag and good boots plus some kind of cover to keep your pack and gear dry. Trekking poles are a must for possible snow and stream crossings. Whatcom Pass may still be carrying some snow and is known to be slippery so please bring some kind of traction devices for your shoes if you have them or can borrow them (yaktraks, microspikes, etc). If you don’t have a light backpacking tent, let us know. We will check in later about your willingness to double-up in tents (this also helps reduce the weight everyone has to carry). We will gladly provide a recommended gear list by e-mail on request. The trip will start at 6.45 AM on Friday June 4 at the Marblemount Ranger Station where we will gather and pick up our backcountry camping permit. Then we will proceed to milepost 134 on Highway 20 (Ross Dam TH), with a short hike to meet our water taxi at 9AM. We meet our return boat Sunday no later than 5PM so we should be back to our vehicle by 6-7 PM. With a quick fast-food stop on the way home we should be back to the Seattle area by 9:30 or 10PM Sunday. More details about carpooling etc. will be made available by e-mail before the trip. Please call and check in with the leader if you are interested in joining this trip, so we can get familiar with your experience, fitness and gear.
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