Twisp, McAlester & South Passes


Backpack - South Pass & McAlester High Camp

Overnight backpack to McAllester High Camp via South Creek Trail over South Pass.

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 17.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,300 ft

9am South Creek Trail Head


This is an early fall/late summer overnight over South Pass to McAllester High Camp. It's probably one of the most spectacular views I've seen in the state. The meadows below South Pass are gorgeous and this area is pretty secluded.

I recommend folks camp overnight Friday night at the first-come-first-serve Forest Service campground at the trail head. This is some of the most isolated car-camping you'll find!

This route is very steep and strenuous so we'll take our time (slow to medium pace) up the switchbacks.  It starts pretty steep right away, but MAN, is our destination worth it!!


Twisp, McAlester & South Passes

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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