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Backpack - Mount Jupiter

This will be a challenging one night backpacking trip = not for anyone who has not been backpacking a lot as dry camping is not easy. We will need to haul water for two days, and it is hard to say how much space there is for camping so I am putting a small cap on this in terms of group size. I read there are spots on the ridge, but I don't know anyone who has camped up there.

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 19.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,300 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,700 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2mph

It is difficult to set an exact time due to not knowing how busy the Edmonds to Kingston ferry might be so best to say meeting at trailhead at 11-12 to be sure everyone can get there OR if we all carpool together, it would be easier to set a meeting time so let's try to coordinate that.  There is little parking so carpooling is a must.  The first 2.5 miles are a road walk since the gate over the private timber land which comprises the first part of this has been closed.  This is supposed to open May to October but did not last year.  

Dave and I are planning to be at the ferry by 9.  We can fit three people and gear easily.  Four would be a push but is doable.  Better if someone can drive who has a bigger vehicle.  We will leave from Bothell around 8:30.  I'd like for us to be on the trail between 11 and noon.  It all depends on the ferry.

We could leave earlier if everyone is relatively close to the Edmonds ferry.




1.  Be aware that this trail can be really hot, and it is completely dry if no snow remains.  It is currently 19 miles roundtrip and around 4500 gain or more = not exactly sure how much gain the extra 2.5 miles one way on the road from the gate actually gains.  From the actual TH, it is 14 miles roundtrip and 3950 gain on the way up.  You must carry at least 4 liters of water since we cannot guarantee water anywhere as snow may have all melted.  I suggest having water for leaving in the car for the return trip as we could be quite thirsty by then.  Camps are listed as primitive and small and are along the ridge = hard to say if we can camp together if it's a bigger group so I capped this at 4 unless someone here is more familiar with it than I am.

2.  Bad weather postpones the trip as it's a lot of effort to get there so I only intend to do this one once and want to see the views.  I will postpone it to the weekend after and go on the one with the best weather so you'd need to be super flexible please!! Because of that, I made registration open the week of the event.  I will change the dates as necessary = just keep putting off by a week.  After mid June, the likelihood of any snow to supplement water is low so it will get postponed by a year in that case.

3.  Bring microspikes in case it's icy near the top.  Last trip report I could find on May 13 says still intermittent snow, but it is melting fast.

4.  Bear canisters not required, but the campsite situation with trees to hang in is totally unknown.  Bring rope to hang or bring a bear canister.  I'm hoping there are trees in camping area for hanging.  It's all unknown.

5.  No snowshoes required.

6.  I have only done the first part of the hike as the last time we were there, the gate was unexpectedly closed so we had 5 miles on the road so we only did about the first 3 miles of the actual trail = did not get to campsite area so we really don't know what to expect!!



Mount Jupiter

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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