Rainy Pass to Snowy Lakes


Backpack - Rainy Pass to Snowy Lakes

Experience the Pacific Crest Trail and the North Cascades crest at their finest over Labor Day weekend! Follow the Pacific Crest Trail north from Rainy Pass on this 23 mile round trip, 3,550 foot route over mountain passes to lovely alpine lakes.

  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 23.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,550 ft

We will meet on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 5:30AM at the Brickyard Park and Ride, 15530 Juanita Woodinville Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011, off the 405. We will then make any carpool arrangements to drive to the trailhead.

This trip is oriented towards new backpackers and building skills with a 2-night voyage, but will also offer some challenging hiking. Plus the views from the Pacific Crest Trail will amaze you! Our travel plan is to depart from the Rainy Pass trailhead, take in the views, then set up a basecamp at a well-established PCT campsite near the Snowy Lakes on Saturday-- and then relax. Day hiking on Sunday. Hike out on Monday and drive home.

The route is about 23 miles roundtrip.

Approximately 8 miles on Saturday to our basecamp, day hike on Sunday of a distance to be determined but probably at least 5 miles; 8 mile return trip on Monday  back to the trailhead.

Due to the strenuous nature of the hike, and the likely need to carry some extra water adding to pack weights, I will be screening participants as to fitness level. Our pace however will be moderate and soaking in the beauty of the Pacific Crest Trail will be our mission!

A Northwest Forest Pass or equivalent is required to park at the trailhead.

More details as the trip date approaches.

The route is about 23 miles roundtrip.

There could be snow / ice on the trail near Granite Pass which will require an ice ax.

Please aim for a 30-35 lb. pack: travel lightly and have more fun while hiking!

I recommend obtaining the HalfMile PCT app for your mobile device if you are planning on bringing it.

More details as the trip dates approaches.


Rainy Pass to Snowy Lakes

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    48.517043, -120.732910
    48.5170430274 -120.732910157
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    48.591973, -120.720483
    48.5919731925 -120.72048302
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
  • Ice axe and traction devices in case there is snow / ice on the trail
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