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Backpack - Meadow Mountain (Glacier Peak)

Overnight backpack in the Glacier Peak Wilderness

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  • Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 21.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,400 ft

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Meadow Mountain trail is a fabulously scenic route deep in the Glacier Peak Wilderness that traverses a high alpine ridge between Glacier Peak and White Chuck Mountain.  The trail follows the ridge line for miles in this seldom-visited wilderness.

  • On Day one, the group will meet early to carpool to the start of the hike at the end of Forest Road 23.  The first five miles of the hike will be on a decommissioned road that was damaged when the White Chuck River flooded in 2003 and destroyed Kennedy Hot Springs. After reaching the trailhead, the trail will climb steeply for a few miles through the forest and up into the flower covered meadows. Glacier Peak, White Chuck Mountain, Sloan Peak and neighboring mountains will provide awe-inspiring ridge views for miles. The group will have several side trip options depending upon trail conditions and time. There will be several camping options.  The most likely camp site will be at about 10.5 miles.  During the second day, the group will have time to explore the meadows in the morning before heading back down the trail to the cars.  The return trip will be mainly downhill.
  • Backpackers should have experience on a relatively difficult overnight trip, since this trip includes over 3,400 feet of elevation on one day. Participants should be prepared for some obstacles and portions of the trail that may be difficult to navigate or follow. Hikers should be comfortable hiking in snow.  The pace of the hike will be slow to moderate to enjoy the area and views, take pictures, and to adjust to the trip.  Along the way, we will be stopping for rest breaks as needed.  The trip is rated as very strenuous.   Participants need to be in shape enough to handle the elevation gain and mileage.  Hikers should expect long days and make no plans on the last day of the hike as the return time will probably be late evening.  Water shoes may be required due to one or two streams crossings.  Micospikes may also be required depending upon possibility of snow on the trail at the time of the hike.  Participants will need a bear can, Ursac or way to properly hang their food.  The location of the backpack may be changed due to trail conditions.  A Northwest Forest Pass is required for parking at the trailhead.

  • 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 credit.


Route/Place

Meadow Mountain (Glacier Peak)



  • Green Trails Sloan Peak No. 111

    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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