Pacific Crest Trail: Rainy Pass to Suiattle River


Backpack - Pacific Crest Trail: Stehekin to Suiattle River

This loop starts at Stehekin (Agnes Gorge), passes over Cloudy Pass and Lyman Lakes, and finishes at Holden Village. Expect solitude, even on the PCT, on this route. We will NOT be ending our trip at the Suiattle River.

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 43.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,900 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,438 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph + 1000 ft/hr

Agnes Gorge Trailhead - around 1:30pm (take the fast boat to Stehekin, then a shuttle to the High Bridge Ranger Station)

More logistics to follow from the leader.  I will arrange carpools in the leaders welcome email after registration closes. I expect riders to reimburse their drivers at a rate of at least $0.18 per mile.

This is a challenging backpack.  See hike 46, Agnes Creek-Lyman Lake Loop in 100 Classic Hikes in Washington for a description of our main route.  Logistical options could include a stay at Stehekin and/or Holden Village (reservations recommended).  I plan to spend a few days in Holden after the trip.  The early registration interval is meant to allow participants to make travel arrangements for the trip.

I am not accepting permission requests until the trip opens for registration.  Give me an idea of your backpacking experience and recent trips you've completed within the last year.  I will collect requests for a week after the trip opens and then select the group to go on the trip.  Spots will NOT be allocated first-come-first-served.

The more specific details that you can provide in your permission request about your recent group backpacking experience at a similar difficulty level, your typical pack weight,  and your comfort with route-finding and steep rugged terrain, the more likely that you will get a spot.

My pace is moderate.  More logistics will be forthcoming in the leader's welcome email.

Covid-19:  Participants should be vaccinated with at least one booster for this activity.


Pacific Crest Trail: Rainy Pass to Suiattle River

  • Green Trails Stehekin No. 82

    Green Trails McGregor Mtn No. 81

    Green Trails Washington Pass No. 50

    Green Trails Holden No. 113

    Green Trails Glacier Peak No. 112

    Green Trails Mountain Loop Highway No. 111SX

    Trails Illustrated North Cascades National Park

    Trails Illustrated Glacier Peak 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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