Pacific Crest Trail: Harts Pass to Rainy Pass


Backpack - Pacific Crest Trail: Harts Pass to Rainy Pass

Intermediate Backpack: Enjoy high peaks, alpine and subalpine vistas, remote and rugged landscapes in the L section of the PCT. In early October there may be bright yellow larches with vibrant orange and red landscapes. This is a key exchange trip with groups going southbound and northbound between Harts Pass and Rainy Pass.

  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 33.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,476 ft
  • Pace: 1-2 mph

Jacqui & Janette will be meeting to exchange Cars in the Seattle area the night prior to the trip. Details about participant car exchange(s) &  meeting place will be fine-tuned & updated with participants as the trip approaches.

This intermediate backpack explores a spectacular section L  This trip is part of the Intermediate Backpacking Program.

Rainy Pass to Harts Pass: 
(Tentative camp ideas: W. Fork Methow camp, cutthroat pass, snowy lakes, near brush creek,  glacier pass , near grasshopper peak) 

 This is an Intermediate Backpack trip.  Preference will be given to participants in the Seattle Intermediate Backpacking Program.  Others may register after May 18th.

 When requesting permission for this trip please outline recent backpacking trips especially

  1. multiple-night trips,
  2. winter & Spring conditioning activities and
  3. Ridgeline backpacking experience, prior experience of travelling on exposed routes.
  4. let us know if you have a route direction preference.
Jacqui to lead the Southbound group- elevation gain 5,476, loss 6,712
Janette to lead the Northbound group- elevation gain 6,712, loss 5,476
3-4 participants each direction. 
More details to come the closer to the trip date.

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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