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Backpack - Pacific Crest Trail: Mount Adams, Goat Rocks & White Pass

Intermediate Backpack: Hike part of PCT Section H from Mt. Adams through Goat Rocks Wilderness to White Pass. Or vice-versa: This is a car-swap trip, requiring a strong commitment from enrollees to go through with the trip. LEADER PERMISSION REQUIRED

  • Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 65.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 13,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 7,300 ft
  • Pace: 2 to 2.5 mph on level ground

This is a key swap trip. Drivers will switch cars the night before or early on Day One. Meeting time is TBD, but probably at a Park and Ride south of Seattle. (Each driver will be hiking towards their own car.)

Drivers will need a Northwest Forest Pass or America the Beautiful pass.

Hike one of the most scenic and iconic parts of the PCT, from Mt. Adams through the Goat Rocks Wilderness, ending at White Pass (or reverse). This is a car swap trip, so half the group will go southbound and half will hike northbound. Although there are some steep parts, this part of the PCT is not as arduous as Section J.

Because of the small group size (3-4 persons) and the car swap, folks signing up have to make a solid commitment to go on the trip. Even one person backing out could jeopardize the trip. So think long and hard before signing up.

Some things to note:

  • There are a few long dry stretches where we'll have to carry 2-3 liters of water
  • Some of the trail is narrow, steep, and rocky where footing may be difficult
  • We may have to cross some snowfields

This is a good hike for relatively experienced backpackers who yearn to go on a longer trip. However, this should not be your first (or second) multi-night trip. This is an Intermediate Backpack.  Preference will be given to participants in the Seattle Intermediate Backpacking Program.

LEADER PERMISSION REQUIRED: (You can request permission now; you don’t have to wait until 5/1). In your email, please state:

1. Your backpacking trips for the past 2 years

2. What backpacking trips you are planning for this year

3. Your pack weight, including food and fuel (but not water)

4. What's your experience in hiking with a full pack across snowfields, or in steep, loose, rocky terrain? (If you are a scrambling or climbing grad, just note that; no need for any detail.)

5. How firm is your commitment? Is there anything that might cause you to have to cancel?

6. Direction preference: Northbound, southbound, or either. We can't guarantee you'll get your preferred direction, so please commit with that in mind.


Pacific Crest Trail: Forest Road 23 to White Pass

  • Green Trails Mount Adams No. 367S

    Green Trails Goat Rocks William O Douglas Wilderness No. 303S

    Green Trails Mt Adams West No. 366

    Green Trails Walupt Lake No. 335

    Green Trails White Pass No. 303
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • Trekking poles
  • Minimum 4 liter water capacity

Plus 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 Ursack. No bear hangs: The trees aren't suitable and it takes too long.
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
  • Extra clothes for cold nights
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