Backpack - Gothic Basin


Backpack - Gothic Basin

This is an up and back one night strenuous backpack of around 9 miles, gaining with 3000 feet over 3.5 miles in one section. But it's pretty as all heck with stunning views of snow covered peaks and since it's one night, our packs will be light! It is perfect for the seasoned hiker new to backpacking.

  • Sat, May 16, 2015 — Sun, May 17, 2015
  • Foothills Backpacking Committee
  • Backpacking
  • Adults, Retired Rovers, Singles, 20-30 Somethings
  • Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 9.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft

We'll carpool Saturday morning up to the trail head off of Mountain Loop Highway, it's about a 2 hour drive.  We'll try to be there for 10am. Carpools will be coordinated via email a few days prior.

This trip is open to all club members over age 18, but is part of the Foothills Branch "B3" Backpacking Building Blocks course, and successful completion will provide credit toward B3 course graduation requirements. Since this backpack is part of B3, emphasis will be placed during the trip on coaching and review of key trail skills and gear usage.

We'll start our climb and it starts going up fast. We'll have the whole day to make it, so we won't be in a rush. The entire route after gaining a thousand feet or so offers peak-a-boo views of the North Cascades. We'll stop along the way for lunch.

By mid to late afternoon I expect we'll be in the basin. We'll find places for us to camp,and have dinner watching the alpenglow on the peaks to the North. Time pending we can explore the lakes and Foggy Pass Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. After coffee and breakfast on Sunday, we'll decide as a group what to do for a few hours, then descend and head home.

There is one stream crossing that may prove difficult and might require some terrain negotiation. It's likely we'll also encounter snow on the trail and possibly in the basin so micro spikes will be required of all. Trekking poles also recommended. This trail has a lot of elevation gain, so it's expected this will not be your first hike of the season.

It's still too early to tell, but if there is still a lot of snow in the basin, we'll figure out an alternate destination. For weather, a bad forcast cancels.


Gothic Basin

  • Green Trails Mountain Loop Highway No. 111SX

    Green Trails Sloan Peak No. 111

    Green Trails Monte Cristo No. 143

    USGS Sloan Peak

    USGS Monte Cristo
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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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