Devils Dome/Jackita Ridge


Backpack - Devils Dome/Jackita Ridge

Strenuous 4-day backpack around Devil's Dome, cutting out the lakeshore trail.

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  • Thu, Aug 25, 2016 — Sun, Aug 28, 2016
  • Foothills Backpacking Committee
  • Backpacking
  • 20-30 Somethings, Retired Rovers, Adults
  • Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 29.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 8,150 ft

7:00 am - Canyon Creek trailhead. We will need to leave cars there, then have others drive us to the Ross Lake trail head where we will hike a short bit to catch our water taxi to Devil's Junction. The taxi is $95 split among us.

This will be a 4-day backpacking trip, averaging 7-9 miles per day.  All participants should be in good cardiovascular shape and should be "well-trained" up by this point in the year.  The pace will be slow to moderate.

** NOTE: We will be hiking this loop clockwise, our first day will be about 7.5 miles and 5,500 feet of gain to camp on the dome the first night.  We will hike the first day VERY slow and we will take most of the day to do this. Expect to take your time and to take breaks and a long-ish lunch.  I have been told that when hiked slow, this is not as strenuous as it seems, but participants still need to be relatively fit.  Elevation gain on other days won't exceed 2,500 feet, unless we opt for day/side hikes.

Also, there are parts of this trail that might be dry, so you may have to carry several liters of water for several miles.

The main point about the plan is that I plan to cut out the lakeshore trail to minimize the mileage (and vacation time I need) on this trip. The lakeshore trail isn't super scenic anyway. We will meet at the Canyon Creek trailhead, then shuttle the 4 miles or so to the Ross Lake Dam trailhead to meet our water taxi there.  After the trip, we will have to shuttle back to the Ross Lake Dam trailhead to take people back to their cars.

Since Newhalem is closed to tent camping this year, you'll either want to camp at Colonial Creek campground, which won't fill up mid-week, or you'll want to make other arrangements such as staying at a nearby cabin "resort" or drive up Thursday morning (which I don't recommend since you'd have to wake up super early).

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Devils Dome/Jackita Ridge

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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