Pacific Crest Trail: White Pass to Walupt Lake


Backpack - Pacific Crest Trail: White Pass to Walupt Lake

Thru-hike White Pass to Walrupt Lake via the PCT through the Goat Rocks - some would argue the best part of the PCT in WA!!!

  • Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 39.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 7,100 ft

** UPDATE CHANGED DATES TO 9/16 - 9/19* 8am trailhead at White Pass

THIS TRIP REQUIRES A CAR SHUTTLE, ALL THAT PARTICIPATE MUST BE WILLING TO DRIVE - which means everyone must drive their own cars!!

Day 1: Drive to and leave a car at Walupt Lake. Then drive to White Pass. Hike south on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) to Tieton Pass. Gain: 2,200 ft, Distance: 11.0 mi.

Day 2: Hike south on the PCT to Snowgrass Flat, then camp north of Snowgrass Flat on Trail No. 86. Take lower route in bad weather, or the upper route in good weather. Gain: 2,400 ft, Distance: 10.7 mi.

Day 3: Day hike north to Hawkeye Point, then rejoin the PCT south and camp at Sheep Lake (by Nannie Ridge). Gain: 2,000 ft, Distance: 10 mi.

Day 4: Hike the PCT south to Trail No. 101 and hike to the Walupt Lake Campground from there. Gain: 500 ft, Distance: 7.8 mi.


- This is not a good trip for first time backpackers or those afraid of heights. People backing this route can expect to cross several snowfields and miles of trail that is very steep and rocky and exposed.

- We will try to keep a slow to moderate pace, however, we need to make our camps on each day so pace will adjust accordingly

- I like to break camp between 8-9 each day, and I like to take 20-30 minutes for lunch

- It's 43.1 miles between the trail heads.  So everyone would meet at the Walrupt Lake trailhead, and then a couple people would drive everyone to the White Pass.  At the end of the trip, the people that left their cars at Walrupt lake, would have to drive everyone back to White Pass.


Pacific Crest Trail: White Pass to Walupt Lake

  • Green Trails White Pass No. 303

    Green Trails Walupt Lake No. 335

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