Larch Creek (Pasayten)


Backpack - Larch Creek (Pasayten)

Join this terrific ramble through the central portion of the Pasaytan Wilderness. Starting from the Billy Goat Trailhead (15 miles north of Winthrop) we will hike about 9 miles to Larch Creek, about 1,800 feet, elevation for a two-night stay. On day two we will day hike to a nearby peak or pass.

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  • Moderate
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 18.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,800 ft

Meeting time and place to be determined.  Overnight camping in the vicinity of the trailhead on Thursday night is a possibility.

While open to all club member, including adults and accompanied youth, this trip is also part of the "B3" Backpacking Building Blocks course, and successful completion does count toward B3 course graduation credit.  As such, the backpack will also have an instructional /learning focus, and offer experience, guidance and practice in proper gear use and camp set-up techniques.

The Pasaytan is unlike any other area of the Cascades; it is biologically, geologically and geographically unique and stunningly beautiful.  Home to bear, lynx, and moose too!!

On day two we will leave behind tents, etc. and day hike to Dollar Watch Mountain, Diamond Point, or Larch Pass (destination dependent on weather, snow conditions, and group consensus).  On our return on day three, we will hike the nine miles back to our vehicles with a possible variation in the route.

To participate comfortably on this trip, at least one prior backpacking experience is recommended, but not required.  You should be in good physical condition and able to hike 10 miles a day at 1.5-2.0 miles/hour with your full backpack.  Lightweight backpacking is encouraged.  Generally your backpack with food and water should weigh 35 pounds or less.

Note: if remaining  snow levels are still a problem by the time of this trip, an alternative lower elevation trail starts from the same trailhead, which would allow us to explore the hidden lakes basin.

Bring gear to be comfortable in any weather; bugs are likely.  There are several possible stream crossings.  Camp 1 could be at 5,600 feet and nights at that elevation can be quite cool.  About 1 week before the trip, I plan an email to all with additional details re: logistics.  Carpooling is encouraged.  If you are interested in sharing gear items, reply to the email describing gear you would like to provide or if yo wold like to share in another's gear.  Please plan on a very late arrival home on Sunday evening.


Larch Creek (Pasayten)

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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