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Backpack - Entiat River Loop

Entiat River Loop

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This trip is part of the B3 Backpacking Building Blocks series and course enrollees are eligible for B3 course graduation credit, although registration is open to all adult club members.

All Mountaineer activities, including backpack trips, are restricted to members over the age of 18 unless the trip is explicitly listed as a youth activity and led by a Qualified Youth Leader. This backpack trip is for adults age 18+.

The Entiat River Region is one of the grandest destinations in the Glacier Peak Wilderness.

Set in a deep mountain basin surrounded by 9000 foot peaks such as Mt Maude and Seven Fingered Jack, Entiat Meadows is covered in wildflowers and easily one of the most fabulous meadows in the State. The series of lakes known as Ice Lakes are a stark contrast with twisted trees, glacier-scoured rocks, and towered by icy summits.

These trails which are much less visited than those on the west side have miles of lovely forests, deep glacier canyons, ridges with awe-inspiring views. Wildlife is also plentiful and seen often in the area.

We will spend six days exploring this beautiful region with quite an option of side trips. The daily elevation gain and mileage will depend upon side trips that are taken. Average elevation gain will be around 2000 feet per day with a max of 3000 feet for two days. Mileage will average around ten miles per day with less on the first and last days.

Possible side trips include: climb up to view Mt Holden and side trip to view upper Entiat Meadows. The most spectacular side trip will be Lower and Upper Ice Lakes. We may even decide to camp by one of the Ice Lakes and spend more time in this area.

The loop trails will lead us up over Pomas Pass and by the lovely Larch Lakes and Fifth of July Mountain. The actual itinerary will be determined depending on trail and snow conditions and the groups’ interests.

Please contact leader at (425) 408-2651 or simonson2@earthlink.net to sign up or for any questions.

Participants should have been on several strenuous backpacks and comfortable with elevation gain and prepared for stream crossings and potential hiking in snow.

The drive to the trailhead will be around four hours. A drawback to this hike is that the first three miles of trail are also shared with motorcycles on a dusty trail. The motorcycles will be forgotten quickly after they are left behind.

Maps: Green Trails #113 Holden and #114 Lucerne.

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