Backpack - Pacific Crest Trail: Snoqualmie Pass to Stevens Pass


Backpack - Pacific Crest Trail: Snoqualmie Pass to Stevens Pass

Key Exchange Intermediate Backpack along a portion of PCT Section J: Snoqualmie pass to Pete Lake trailhead via Gravel/Ridge Lakes & Spectacle Lake

  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 25.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,658 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,985 ft
  • Pace: 1-2 mi/hr

Snoqualmie Pass Rest Stop: 603 WA-906, North Bend, WA 98045

time: TBD (will be notified closed to trip)

 We will traverse a portion of the PCT - J section  between Snoqualmie pass &  the Pete Lake trailhead. We will walk across the Kendall Katwalk and by a number of high alpine lakes - camping next to a couple of them on our trip. We will encounter meadows, old-growth  trees, and stunning views of towering mountains. 

This trip is part of the Intermediate Backpacking Program. We will cover approx 25 miles with elevation changes of approximately 5658ft. The general route can be viewed here.

Southbound Route (lead by Jacqui)  trip plan is:

Night 1 Camp at Spectacle Lake (from Pete Lake TH: 8.75miles, +1953ft,-523ft)

Night 2 Camp at Gravel/Ridge Lakes  (from Spectacle Lake: 10.14mi, +3384ft,-2348ft & to Snoqualmie Pass: 6.17mi, +401ft,-2747ft)

Due to only 2 nights on this trail - we won't likely be sharing a campsite with the other direction travelers - but hopefully would get to exchange keys and share a lunch/snack break with their great company on our middle day.

Northbound Route (lead by Janette) trip plan is the reverse of the Southbound Route outlined above.

This is an Intermediate Backpack.  Preference will be given to participants in the Seattle Intermediate Backpacking Program.  Others may register after March 1st.

When requesting permission for this trip please outline recent backpacking trips especially multiple-night trips, winter & Spring conditioning activities. Please let us know if you a route direction preference.


Pacific Crest Trail: Snoqualmie Pass to Stevens Pass

  • Alpine Lakes Wilderness (ALPS)

    Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207

    Green Trails Stevens Pass No. 176

    Green Trails Kachess Lake No. 208

    Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S

    Green Trails Alpine Lakes East (Stuart Range) No. 208SX

    Green Trails Alpine Lakes West (Stevens Pass) No. 176S

    Trails Illustrated Alpine Lakes Wilderness
  • See full route/place details.
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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