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Backpack - Copper Pass Loop Lake Chelan-Sawtooth/ North Cascades

Copper Pass Loop Lake Chelan-Sawtooth/ North Cascades

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12:00 PM at Twisp River Road trailhead parking lot
July 14, 2008 Update - Due to the lack of favorable trail conditions from the USFS, this backpack has been changed to an alternate loop over Twisp, McAllester and South Passes of approximately the same distance. July 17-20, Thur. – Sun. – Copper Pass Loop, Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness and North Cascades National Park, Washington (S) (Green Trails Map – Stehekin, No. 82) NWFP 21 mi, 5,500 gain. Moderate pace. This loop trip involves backpacking up two high passes on trails from approximately 3,600 feet: Copper Pass (6,700 feet) and Twisp Pass (6,064 feet). In between we follow Copper Creek, Bridge Creek and the Twisp River. The passes have great views of colorful wildflowers and nearby peaks including Stiletto Peak (7,660 feet) near the center of the loop, and Liberty Bell and Early Winters Spires to the north. On our first day, we will likely camp 3.5 miles from the trailhead and then camp near the Stiletto Peak Trail and at Dagger Lake on Friday and Saturday nights. An optional side hike is possible to Stiletto Vista (6,100 feet). Limit 8. Backcountry permit required. Meet noon at Twisp River Road trailhead parking. 5.15 hrs. Glen Strachan (glenshgi@msn.com) or 425-869-8094 (s5/19-7/14). NC
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