Backpack - Sloan Creek to Glacier Peak Meadows

Enjoy a challenging summer backpack that includes views ranging from Glacier Peak to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness (weather permitting) and some time for photography.

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 30.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 8,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,550 ft
  • Pace: 1-2 mph

We will meet early Friday morning. The location will depend on where everyone is coming from. All drivers will need a Northwest Forest Pass.

This will be a very rewarding but strenuous hike covering 25 miles with 5,300 ft in elevation gain. On Friday, we will hike about 6 miles from the Sloan Creek Trailhead to camp along Sloan Creek. On Saturday, we will hike 6.5 miles to Glacier Peak Meadows, and return 1 mile to camp beneath the White Chuck Cinder Cone. Sunday will involve getting up early and hiking 11.5 miles back to the trailhead. This trip is not for speed-hikers; although we will have a lot of ground to cover we will also try to allow some opportunities for photography, with an average pace of 1-2 mph. 

There will not be significant route challenges but we will have stream crossings, cover steep terrain, and potentially find a little snow left on the north side of Red Pass. No special equipment will be required. Tent and stove sharing will be optional.

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Sloan Creek to Glacier Peak Meadows

  • Green Trails Sloan Peak No. 111

    Green Trails Glacier Peak No. 112

    USGS Glacier Peak East

    USGS Glacier Peak West
  • See full route/place details.
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 or purification tablets
  • 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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