Backpack - Lake Byrne via Lost Creek Ridge

A 3-day, 2 night, 24 mile backpack trip to a seldom visited, but beautiful, side of Glacier Peak. Wolves may have returned to the area; a small pack was spotted in 2012 near Sun-Up Lake, Lake Byrne is nestled 500 feet below Lost Creek Ridge, and offers spectacular views of Glacier Peak wilderness.

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  • Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 24.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 6,500 ft

We'll meet at the Verlot Ranger Station on the Mountain Loop Highway at 9 a.m. on Friday.  From there the trailhead is approximately 30 miles, much of it on gravel road.  Any regular vehicle should have no problems reaching the parking lot at the trailhead.  For those who I have yet to meet, I'll be driving a charcoal-gray Toyota 4Runner SUV

We will establish our first night camp at Sun-Up Lake, approximately 6 miles and 4,200 feet of vertical gain from the trailhead, which is on FS Road 49 off the Mountain Loo[p Highway.  On day two we will hike to Lake Byrne, which is nestled at the base of Glacier Peak about six miles from Sun_Up Lake, and spend the night there.  Expect an aggregate elevation gain of approximately 1,000 feet on day two,  Day 3 is a 12 mile hike back top the trailhead.  Note there is significant elevation gain on the return trip to the trailhead! 

This is bear country: Bear-proof canisters are mandatory on this trip. 

Route Note:  many years there is residual snow in the area we will be visiting; there could be snow patches, so please be prepared to walk on snow -- waterproof boots and gaiters strongly recommended; ice axe NOT needed; if we reach an area where it is not safe to proceed without technical gear we will find an alternate route or go back


Lake Byrne via Lost Creek Ridge

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    Green Trails Glacier Peak No. 112

    Trails Illustrated Glacier Peak Wilderness
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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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