Backpack - Kodak-Johnson-Cady Ridge

Kodak-Johnson-Cady Ridge

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Trip co-leader is Steve LeBrun

Kodak Peak and Johnson Mountain are two former fire lookout sites right near the PCT south of Glacier Peak. Kodak earned its name from the amount of Kodak products used at this location.

The goal will be to pack in to camps both of the first two mornings and do side trips to the peaks. Finally a long trek out along Cady Ridge where we will keep our elevation and views until the very last minute.

All of the proposed routes are marked on the Green Trails 144 - Benchmark Mtn map. Some of these are other trails, that may be less maintained. There are alternatives if any of these become problematic. I personally have only done the Cady Ridge portion of this trail, but all of the unmaintained trials have been traveled by Mountaineers in the past.

On day one the plan is to pack in from the Little Wenatchee Ford trailhead on trail 1525 to Meander Meadows and make camp. This portion is 6 miles and 1900' elevation gain. In the afternoon, we will day hike up to Kodak Peak (6121'). This will be about 4 miles RT and 1100' elevation gain.

Day two will have us moving our camp to Blue Lake. The pack will be 4.5 mi with a total elevation gain of about 1300'. This may turn out to be the most adventurous portion of the trip. If it becomes too much there is an alternative camp at Little Blue Lake. From Blue Lake, the side trip up Johnson Mtn is 3 miles RT and 1100' elevation gain.

Finally, we pack out down the Cady Ridge trail #1532. We'll have 650' elevation gain in the morning and then it is a long ridge run until the last 3.5 mi when we lose 2200' of elevation. Total mileage on day 3 is 10 miles.

Although open to all club members over age 18, this trip is also part of the B3 backpacking Building Blocks series and eligible for B3 course graduation credit. In addition, this backpack will have a practical instructional/learning focus and offer experience in proper gear use and camp set-up and on-the-trail techniques.

Pre-trip assistance with gear selection, food planning, and gear sharing will be included in leader emails prior to the trip.

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