Pacific Crest Trail:  Chinook Pass to Norse Peak


Backpack - Pacific Crest Trail: Chinook Pass to Norse Peak

A 3 day journey in the Norse Peak Wilderness camping at Basin Lake 2 nights. Highlights include Norse Peak and Sourdough Gap. This is a moderate trip, and the pace will be leisurely (slow to moderate).

  • Strenuous, Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 22.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 7,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,841 ft
  • Pace: 1.8 mph + 1000 ft/hr

Carpool will meet at US Forest Service Ranger Station, 450 Roosevelt Ave E, Enumclaw, WA 98022 at 6:30am. I expect riders to compensate their driver at $0.18 mile. For this trip that would be about $13.00 for the 73.0 mile roundtrip from Enumclaw to the Norse Peak Trailhead.

For those who want to meet at the Norse Peak Trailhead, we are aiming to be there about 7:15am.

  • On Day 1 we will drive to the Norse Peak Trailhead, and start our trip, ascending 2831 ft to our highest point, Norse Peak, and then continue on to camp at Basin Lake for 7.3 miles.
  • On Day 2 we will dayhike from Basin Lake south on Trail 987 to Crown Point, then continue further south on PCT possibly as far as Sourdough Gap, then return to Basin Lake via the PCT, for up to 15 miles with minor ups and downs.
  • On Day 3 we depart Basin Lake, heading north on the PCT thru Big Crow Basin to Barnard Saddle, and back to the Norse Peak Trailhead, for 8.2 miles and 575’ gain.

There may be some late snow and ice patches this time of year.  Hiking poles and micro-spikes or equivalent foot traction advised.


Pacific Crest Trail: Chinook Pass to Norse Peak

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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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