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Backpack - Pacific Crest Trail: Stevens Pass to Rainy Pass

Backpack 87 miles along a section of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Suiattle River Trail to Stevens Pass. This is a B3 Backpack activity.

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  • Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 87.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 19,900 ft


Carpooling will be encouraged and I will send out an e-mail regarding carpooling and our car shuttle about 2 weeks before departure. 

The title description says the route is from Rainy Pass to Stevens Pass; we will be doing only the section from the Suiattle River Trail to Stevens Pass.

We will plan for 5 nights on the trail.  The specific campsites are subject to change both before and during the trip, depending on weather and trail conditions.  The tentative schedule is:

Total ascent:   Approximately 19,900’, and 87 miles.

 Guide Books:  Glacier Peak Region:  The North Cascades (Mountaineers Press)

Leader permission is required, which you can obtain by sending an e-mail to the leader.

I expect low overnight temperatures will be in the 30s. You should check the current weather report shortly before departure:  Rain should be expected, and you should bring rain coat, rain pants, and pack cover and clothes that will keep you warm when wet (no cotton!). The trip is subject to change or cancellation if the predicted weather is unusually poor.

Conditioning:  This trip requires excellent conditioning.  We will average about 2 mph on the trail, including breaks.  You should be able to climb Mt. Si with a full backpack in 3 hours or less, and be able to repeat the climb on the next day. 

Other gear notes:

1. Bear canisters are not required.  We will hang our food each night. 

2. You should bring some method of water purification.

3. Bugs are certainly possible; bring bug repellant.

4. To reduce pack weight, you should consider sharing gear, especially stoves, cooking pots, water filters, and tents. About 2 weeks before the trip, I will send an E-mail to all. If you are interested in sharing any items, Reply All to this E-mail, describing gear you would like to provide for sharing or if you are interested in sharing another’s gear. Sharers should make arrangements directly with any interested people.

5.  We may camp some distance from water, so you should bring containers sufficient to carry 1 gallon of water.  

Although open to all club members over age 18, this trip is also part of the B3 Backpacking Building Blocks series and eligible for B3 course credit. 


Pacific Crest Trail: Stevens Pass to Rainy Pass

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    Green Trails McGregor Mtn No. 81

    Green Trails Holden No. 113

    Green Trails Glacier Peak No. 112

    Green Trails Benchmark Mtn No. 144

    Green Trails Stevens Pass No. 176

    Trails Illustrated Glacier Peak Wilderness
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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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