Sheep Lake (Chinook Pass)


Backpack - Sheep Lake (Chinook Pass)

Backpack in 2.5 miles with 400 feet gain to picturesque Sheep Lake, where we camp Saturday night by a beautiful alpine meadow.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 400 ft

Meet at 9 AM Saturday at the Enumclaw Ranger Station on SR 410, or 10 AM at the Chinook Pass trailhead.

We will caravan from the Enumclaw Ranger Station to the parking lot just north of Chinook Pass on SR 410, on the north side of the road.  The easy 2.5 mile backpack to Sheep Lake offers extended valley views the first two miles before heading through a forest up to the lake basin.  Berry plants line most of the hiking route.  After setting up camp, there will be an optional easy 2 mile RT day hike through Sourdough Gap to a viewpoint overlooking Crystal Lake.  If the weather permits, we will have a spectacular star display viewable from our campsite Saturday night before bedtime and an opportunity for an afternoon swim.  A Northwest Forest Pass must be displayed by each car at the trailhead.


Sheep Lake (Chinook Pass)

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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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