Pacific Crest Trail: White Pass to Walupt Lake


Backpack - Pacific Crest Trail: White Pass to Walupt Lake

The 40 mile challenging backpack on the Pacific Crest Trail features rugged terrain, snowfields, berries, views, alpine lakes, and hopefully goats.

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  • Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 39.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 7,100 ft
        • 8:00am, Walupt Lake CG (leader suggests camping nearby the night before)





This backpack activity is part of the Foothills Branch B3 Backpacking course, but is open to all club members age 18 and over.

This is not a good trip for first time backpackers or those afraid of heights. People coming with can expect to cross several snowfields, as well as miles of trail that is very steep and rocky and exposed. “The 6-inch-high junipers here attest to the severity of this environment. Above lies the realm of rock and ice, the habitat of the alpine mountaineer.” (p. 237, PCT reference guidebook). The route gains elevation above this point.

    • Longest single-day mileage: 11.0 miles.
    • Average miles/day: 10.
    • Total Elevation Gain in Feet (known/estimated):  7100 feet (estimated from Green Trails map)
    • Maximum elevation gain (highest gain day): 2400 feet.

Pace:1.5-2MPH uphill, 2-3 MPH downhill.


Day 1: Meet @ Walupt Lake, 8am, and leave cars there. Drive to White Pass TH. Hike south on the PCT to Tieton Pass. Gain: 2200 feet. Distance: 11.0 miles.

Day 2: Hike south on the PCT to Snowgrass Flat, then camp north of Snowgrass Flat on trail 86. Take lower route if bad weather, upper route if good weather. Gain: 2400 feet. Distance: 10.7 miles.

Day 3: Day hike north to Hawkeye Point, then rejoin the PCT south and camp at Sheep Lake (by Nannie Ridge). Gain: 2000 feet. Distance: 10 miles.

Day 4: Take the PCT south to trail 101 and take that back to the Walupt Lake CG. Gain: 500 feet. Distance: 7.8 miles.

Anticipated return time to town the final day is very late evening.

Minimum recommended food to include in your pack: 4 lunches, 3 dinners, 3 breakfasts, and trail snacks / electrolytes. This does not include breakfast the first day or dinner the final day.

Please bring all your own water purification, cooking, sleeping, and food storage gear unless you make specific, confirmed, arrangements with someone otherwise.

The trip leader plans to email everyone when the trip roster closes to help arrange gear sharing and carpooling.

Weather: Here’s a link to the highest point on the trip --

Note: If the weather proves unsatisfactory (moderate winds and heavy rain), the trip is still on but we may opt to take the low route near Old Snowy Mountain. If the weather is dangerous (high winds or lightning storms), a different trip will be substituted. The specific alternate trip will depend on weather patterns, closures, forest fires, and other factors but will be in Washington State.

Please email the leader a list of one or two backpacking trips you have done recently plus a brief description of what you plan to bring with and do to handle the snowfields plus any questions/concerns you have about the trip. Please clearly indicate whether you would like the leader to sign you up or it is only a request for information.


Pacific Crest Trail: White Pass to Walupt Lake

  • Green Trails White Pass No. 303

    Green Trails Walupt Lake No. 335

    Green Trails Goat Rocks William O Douglas Wilderness No. 303S
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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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