Backpack - Robinson Pass

Robinson Pass

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
Meeting time and place TBD
Although open to all club members over age 18, this trip is also part of the B3 backpacking Building Blocks series and eligible for B3 course graduation credit. In addition, this backpack will have a practical instructional/learning focus and offer experience in proper gear use and camp set-up techniques.

Robinson Creek trail is a main thoroughfare in to the heart of Pasayten Wilderness. From the trail and Pass, one can view high, massive, shaggy ridges and enormous U-shaped glacial troughs, and avalanche remains sweeping thousands of feet from ridges to valley bottoms. The best part about this trail and valley is the solitude that one finds here.

The first day we will follow Robinson Creek into Pasayten Wilderness through rocky outcrops, in forests of immense ponderosa pines, past waterfalls from Beauty Peak and avalanche meadows. We will setup camp after 6.5 miles by the creek in a grove of large spruce trees. The next day, we will ascend over 1000 feet with day packs to enjoy the flower fields and rock gardens at Robinson Pass in the morning. Then, we will return to camp, pack up, and descend to the trail head.

Pace will be slow to moderate. We will take time to look for flowers, birds and other wildlife, especially on the first day.

Day 1: 6.5 miles and 2200 feet to campsite by creek.

Day 2: Day hike 5 miles round trip and 1300 feet up to Robinson pass (optional trip and depends on snow and trail conditions). Descend 2200 feet and 6.5 miles to trailhead.

Trail is usually in good shape and melts out fairly early. If significant snow exits on the trail, the location of backpack will be moved. Also, we may not be able to ascend to the Pass on second morning if there is too much snow. The day hike up to Pass will be optional.

A Northwest Forest Service Pass will be required for each vehicle. Carpools will be encouraged and worked out a week prior to departure.

The east side is usually drier, but please be prepared for any kind of weather including rain and colder temperatures at night. More detailed information will be sent to participants.

Participants must have been on at least one backpack prior and can direct any questions to the leader.

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials
Trip Reports