Rainy Pass to Snowy Lakes


Backpack - Rainy Pass to Snowy Lakes

Strenuous overnight B3 backpack from Rainy Pass to Upper Snowy Lakes on the PCT.

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  • Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 22.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,300 ft


PCT Day 1: We will begin hiking at Rainy Pass and travel over 3 mountain passes and camp at Upper Snowy Lake under the shadow of Golden Horn Mountain. 11 miles and 2700' elevation gain. Day 2: Pack up and head back to Rainy Pass on the PCT. 11 miles and 600' elevation gain.

This section of the PCT has fabulous open views of surrounding mountains.  Hikers should be prepared for possible bad weather and any lingering snow on the trail .  There is one fairly narrow section of the PCT that we will need to cross twice. Hiking poles encouraged.

Hikers should have been on at least several backpacks previously.  Leader permission required.  Please contact leader at simonson2@earthlink.net

Note that the trip could be cancelled or moved if weather or trail conditions are unsafe on the trip date.

Northwest Forest permit needed.


Rainy Pass to Snowy Lakes

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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