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Backpack - Goat Rocks Wilderness - PCT N Fork TietonMcCall Basin

Goat Rocks Wilderness - PCT N Fork TietonMcCall Basin

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8:00 AM at trailhead
Well-experienced Mountaineers' backpackers only. Photo-oriented backpack, leisurely to moderate pace. We'll backpack on first and last day for approx 6.7 miles via North Fork Tieton trail #1118, PCT and short trail into McCall Basin. We'll base camp in McCall Basin for 3 nights. Two full days of hiking (7-10 miles/day, gain moderate to strenuous) from base camp to explore trails and routes in lovely upper McCall Basin, as well as along one of the most dramatic and spectacularly scenic stretches of some of the highest PCT trail in Washington through the towering Goat Rocks, over Elk Pass between McCall Basin/PCT jct and Old Snowy, mostly climbing and contouring ridges above treeline. Expect to see and hear wildlife, especially elk and mountain goat, in McCall Basin and along the PCT. If conditions are right, we'll witness an abundance of late summer wildflowers blooming in McCall Basin and along the high PCT trail. Great views of Cascades. Car camping recommended near White Pass on Thursday evening prior to the backpack. For excellent photo blogs & trip notes from late summer trips see: http://www.leerentz.com/Fieldnot/fieldC.html http://leerentz.wordpress.com/2009/03/28/aug-29-to-sept-2-2008-the-goat-rocks-wilderness/
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