Backpack - Mormon Ladies Lakes

This 4-day, very strenuous backpack of 30 miles and ~6200 feet total elevation gain accesses several high passes and remote alpine lakes. Offered as part of the B3 course but open to all qualified Mountaineers members over 18.

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  • Fri, Aug 12, 2016 — Mon, Aug 15, 2016
  • Foothills Backpacking Committee
  • Backpacking
  • Singles, 20-30 Somethings, Retired Rovers, Adults
  • Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 30.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 6,200 ft

This trip is offered as a teaching backpack in conjunction with the Backpacking Building Blocks course, though open to all qualified Mountaineers members over 18.  As such, the trip will include an extra focus on teaching, coaching and demonstration related to backpacking gear and skills, tailored to the needs and interests of the group.

3 Passes (Frosty, Mary and Ladies) and 7 Chiwaukum Lakes (Grace, Margaret, Mary, Florence, Alice, Edna and Flora Lakes)(also known as the Mormon Ladies Lakes); a trip for lovers of Alpine Lakes and passes.  We’ll approach the area by the less-travelled Whitepine and Whitehorse trails, and plan for 3 nights on the trail. 

The specific campsites are subject to change both before and during the trip, depending on weather and trail conditions.  The tentative schedule is:

On our first day, we will hike the Whitepine and Whitehorse trails (accessed from the Stevens Pass Highway) to our first camp at Grace Lakes.  On Day 2 we will climb over Frosty and Mary Passes, visit Mary Lake and camp at Upper Florence Lake.  On our third day, from our camp at Upper Florence Lake, we will explore Ladies Pass and as many of the nearby lakes as time permits, including Alice, Edna and Flora Lakes.  On our fourth day, we will hike back to our cars.  Total:   Approximately 30 miles, 6,250’ ascent. 

Leader permission is required, which you can obtain by sending an e-mail to the leader.

I expect low overnight temperatures will be in the 30s. You should check the current weather report shortly before departure: .  Rain should be expected, and you should bring rain coat, rain pants, and pack cover and clothes that will keep you warm when wet (no cotton!). The trip is subject to change or cancellation if the predicted weather is unusually poor.

Conditioning:  This trip requires excellent conditioning.  We will average about 2 mph on the trail, including breaks.  You should be able to climb Mt. Si with a full backpack in 3 hours or less, and be able to repeat the climb on the next day.

Other gear notes:

1. Bear canisters are not required.  We will hang our food each night.   I plan to bring my Ursack. 

2. You should bring some method of water purification.

3. Bugs are certainly possible; bring bug repellant.

4. To reduce pack weight, you should consider sharing gear, especially stoves, cooking pots, water filters, and tents. About 2 weeks before the trip, I will send an E-mail to all. If you are interested in sharing any items, Reply All to this E-mail, describing gear you would like to provide for sharing or if you are interested in sharing another’s gear. Sharers should make arrangements directly with any interested people.

5.  We may camp some distance from water, so you should bring containers sufficient to carry 1 gallon of water.  


Mormon Ladies Lakes

  • Green Trails Stevens Pass No. 176

    Green Trails Alpine Lakes East (Stuart Range) No. 208SX

    Green Trails Wenatchee Lake No. 145

    Green Trails Chiwaukum Mtns No. 177
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter or other method of water treatment
  • Bear canister, Ursack, 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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