Pacific Crest Trail: Harts Pass to Rainy Pass


Backpack - Pacific Crest Trail: Harts Pass to Rainy Pass

This trip is nearly a non-stop ridge walk of approx. 33 mostly moderate miles, with expansive views across the North Cascades Crest. We’ll spread this trip across 3.5 days to allow for a relaxed pace and plenty of chances to explore from camp.

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  • Fri, Sep 12, 2014 — Mon, Sep 15, 2014
  • Foothills Backpacking Committee
  • Backpacking
  • Singles, 20-30 Somethings, Retired Rovers, Adults
  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 33.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,600 ft

We'll carpool on Friday morning to meet at 8:45AM at Rainy Pass.  To eliminate the very long car shuttle to Harts Pass (4 hours one-way), the leader has arranged a van to take the group from Rainy to Harts, which will cost $55 per person if the full 8 person roster fills, could be slightly more.  The leader will ask for advance payment of the shuttle fee at the time of registration for the hike to secure your spot on the roster.  The shuttle fee is only refundable upon cancellation if someone takes your place on the roster.

This trip is open to all club members over age 18, but is part of the Foothills Branch  "B3" Backpacking Building Blocks course, and successful completion will provide credit toward B3 course graduation requirements.  Since this backpack is part of B3, emphasis will be placed during the trip on coaching and review of key trail skills and gear usage.

On our first day, we’ll drive to Rainy Pass to meet our shuttle at 9AM.  After approximately 4 hours to Harts Pass, we’ll have lunch and get started on the trail.  On our first day (Friday) we’ll walk approx. 6.5 miles to camps in meadows just beyond Tatie Peak, or if no water there, on to camps below Glacier Pass at 9.9 miles.  On day 2 (Saturday) based on water and camp availability on the first day, we’ll cross Grasshopper and Glacier Pass before descending to the West Fork Methow River to camp, or go on to camp at under the Golden Horn at Snowy Lakes.  On day 3 (Sunday) depending on the first two days we’ll hike to camps at Snowy Lakes or go on over Cutthroat Pass to camp at Porcupine creek.  On day 4 (Monday) we’ll head down to Rainy Pass and drive home. 

Participants will be expected to be in good cardiovascular condition and prepared to travel up to 12 miles a day on rolling terrain at a moderate 1.5-2 mph pace with a loaded pack without frequent rest breaks.  Please send the leader an email for advance permission before registering for the trip.  Camp space is limited at some places along this route, so the number of people allowed on the roster will depend on willingness to share a tent.

The leader will send out a series of emails in advance of the trip to assist with carpool arrangements and gear/food planning. 



Pacific Crest Trail: Harts Pass to Rainy Pass

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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