Sheep Lake & Nannie Ridge


Backpack - Sheep Lake & Nannie Ridge

We will backpack from Walupt Lake to Cispus Basin to camp for 2 nights. From our base camp, we will explore spectacular Snowgrass Flat and, depending on snowpack, the exposed knife-edge ridge of the Pacific Crest Trail or Goat Lake.

  • Sun, Jul 30, 2017 — Tue, Aug 1, 2017
  • Foothills Backpacking Committee
  • Backpacking
  • Singles, 20-30 Somethings, Retired Rovers
  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 29.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 8,100 ft

The Mountain Goat cafe in Packwood (105 Main Street E, across highway 12 from the Hotel Packwood)  at 9:30 AM, Sunday, July 30

We will plan for 2 nights on the trail.  The specific campsites are subject to change both before and during the trip, depending on weather and trail conditions.  The tentative schedule is:

Day 1 (Sunday): Hike Walupt Lake to Cispus Basin via Nannie Ridge, 6.9 miles, 3,300’ ascended, and set up camp.


Day 2 (Monday):  Exploration Day.  Day Hike from Cispus Basin.


Option 1: If safe, round trip over knife edge toward Elk Pass.  If we go all way to Elk Pass it’s 12.6 miles RT, 4,100’ ascended.


Option 2: If knife edge not safe, day hike toward Goat Lake and Hawkeye Point and go as far as safe.  If we go all the way to Hawkeye Point it’s 14 miles RT, 3,600’ ascended.


Day 3 (Tuesday):  Return to car from Cispus Basin to Walupt Lake via via PCT and Walupt Lake Trail (#101), 11.4 miles, 1,200’ ascended (or retrace Day 1 route down Nannie Ridge) and drive home.

This is not a good trip for first time backpackers or those afraid of heights. People hiking this route can expect to cross several snowfields and miles of trail that are very steep, rocky and exposed.  

Leader permission is required, which you can obtain by sending an e-mail to the leader.

I expect low overnight temperatures will be in the 30s. You should check the current weather report shortly before departure:  Rain should be expected, and you should bring rain coat, rain pants, and pack cover and clothes that will keep you warm when wet (no cotton!). The trip is subject to change or cancellation if the predicted weather is unusually poor.

Conditioning:  This trip requires excellent conditioning.  We will average about 2 mph on the trail, including breaks.  You should be able to climb Mt. Si with a full backpack in 3 hours or less, and be able to repeat the climb on the next day.

Other gear notes:

1. Bear canisters are not required.  We will hang our food each night.   I plan to bring my Ursack.

2. You should bring some method of water purification.

3. Bugs are certainly possible; bring bug repellant.

4. To reduce pack weight, you should consider sharing gear, especially stoves, cooking pots, water filters, and tents. About 2 weeks before the trip, I will send an E-mail to all. If you are interested in sharing any items, Reply All to this E-mail, describing gear you would like to provide for sharing or if you are interested in sharing another’s gear. Sharers should make arrangements directly with any interested people.

5.  We may camp some distance from water, so you should bring containers sufficient to carry 1 gallon of water.

6.  Microspikes are required.

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 credit.


Sheep Lake & Nannie Ridge

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent 
  • 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 utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
  • Microspikes 
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