Backpack - Entiat River Meadows & High Country


Backpack - Entiat River Meadows & High Country

A very strenuous 4 day backpack to the remote Northern Entiat range west of Lake Chelan, described in the "Backpacking Washington" guidebook as “ some of the most scenic country in Washington”! Approx 25 miles RT, 7-9000' gain. May include off trail walk-ups of Pyramid Mountain, Olivia Mountain, Graham Mountain and Crow Hill.

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  • Sat, Jul 23, 2016 — Tue, Jul 26, 2016
  • Foothills Backpacking Committee
  • Backpacking
  • Singles, 20-30 Somethings, Retired Rovers, Adults
  • Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 25.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 8,900 ft


  • Though open to any qualified Mountaineers member, this trip is offered in conjunction with the Backpacking Building Blocks course and may include an extra component of instruction and coaching, according to the group.
  • The trip will include off-trail travel to peaks along the eastern part of the loop, including Pyramid Mountain, Olivia Mountain, Graham Mountain and Crow Hill. My research suggests all 4 summits are “walk-ups” off the maintained trail. Pyramid has a maintained trail all the way to the summit.  However participants need to be confident with some route-finding and off-trail travel.  I expect to hike about 10 miles per day, with elevation gain/loss each day of 2500 +/- 1000 feet.
  • Likely challenges/hazards of the route at the time the trip will go availability of water, route-finding, lightning, bears, cats (big ones)
  • Refer to trip report from August 2012 for this route on WTA, at:


Entiat River Meadows & High Country

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
Trip Reports