Backpack - Holman Pass - Seven Pass Loop

Holman Pass - Seven Pass Loop

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5:00 AM at Tibbetts Lot, 1675 Newport Way NW, Issaquah WA (Pickup at folks homes along the way)
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+.

Join me on a 3 day journey in the Pasayten Wilderness. This is a moderate trip, we will take each day at a slow to moderate pace.

  • On Day 1 we will ascend 1100 ft in 7.1 miles to camp at Oregon Basin.
  • On Day 2 we will ascend 500 ft in 11.9 miles to camp on the West Fork of the Pasayten River.
  • On Day 3 we will ascend 2200 ft in 8.0 miles to complete our loop over Slate Peak back to Harts Pass.


Date Time Trip Mileage Daily Mileage Elevation Gain Total Elevation Gain Hiking Time (hours)
Leave Harts Pass TH 24-Aug 11:00am 0.0
Arrive Oregon Basin 24-Aug 5:00pm 7.1 7.1 1100 1100 6.0
Depart Oregon Basin 25-Aug 9:00am 7.1
Arrive West Fork Pasayten Camp 25-Aug 4:00pm 19.0 11.9 500 1600 7.0
Depart West Fork Pasayten Camp 26-Aug 8:00am 19.0
Arrive Harts Pass TH 26-Aug 3:00pm 27.0 8.0 2200 3800 7.0

Special concerns:

  • I am planning a three-day getaway (Mazama Getaway - 08-26-2013 to 08-29-2013) after this trip. Signup preference will be granted to those who commit to the getaway.
  • Following this backpack, I have reserved a nice roomy cabin in Mazama (see The Cabin at Fawn Glen at the Mazama Country Inn) for the nights of August 26 - 28. If we get 8 people in the cabin, cost is $128.13 per person for all three nights. A bargain! 5 people (Nicole, Lisa, Tom, Pam, and Bobbie) are already in. Lisa has already graciously volunteered to plan our meals accounting for your culinary preferences. I'm planning to lead three day hikes in the area while we are there.

Although not required, I recommend using a bear canister. A water filter is also a necessity.

I will facilitate carpool arrangements to our meeting place in Issaquah the week prior to our trip. We may have to arrange pickups at people’s homes to avoid leaving vehicles in P&Rs; over 48 hours. Drivers need NW Forest Pass at trailhead.


  • Green Trails Pasayten Peak No. 18
  • Green Trails Washington Pass No. 50
  • Hiking the North Cascades, by Erik Molvar, No. 56 Cascade Crest - Pacific Crest Trail
  • Best Loop Hikes Washington, by Dan Nelson and Alan Bauer, No. 78 Seven Pass Loop
Driving Directions To get there, drive east on State Route 20 (North Cascades Highway) east of Rainy Pass to the small community of Mazama and turn left, cross the river, and turn left again on Harts Pass Road (FS Road 5400) at the Mazama Country Inn. Follow the road about 20 miles to its end at Harts Pass. Park in the trailhead parking lot near the crest of the pass. [GPS 48.720556,-120.669715]

To assist members in making carpooling arrangements, contact information including email addresses and phone numbers of all participants will be shared prior to the activity date. If you wish to be excluded from the sharing of carpooling contact information, please contact me by email.

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