Spider Meadows, Spider Gap, Lyman Lakes & Buck Creek Pass


Backpack - Spider Gap, Lyman Lakes & Buck Creek Pass Loop

Moderate paced, photography-emphasis backpack for the slower but will-always-get-there crowd. NOTE: This is NOT the loop in the header - this is Image Lake via Buck Creek Pass or traditional Suiattle River approach.

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  • Wed, Jul 27, 2016 — Sun, Jul 31, 2016
  • Seattle Backpacking Committee
  • Photography, Backpacking
  • Singles, Retired Rovers, Adults
  • Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 44.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 6,000 ft

Check with leader or this space as trip draws closer.

Route highly dependent on road opening and trail reports - currently, the road access is scheduled to open mid-summer.   UPDATE:  road IS open to Trinity for Buck Cr Pass approach.  The super-strong and super fast backpackers are welcome, but the trip is aimed at the huff 'n puff crowd with the will and ability to push on.  Suggest contacting leader before signing up to discuss if in doubt, or just contact leader for some spur of the moment let's get in shape backpacks prior to the trip.

Option A:  Buck Creek Pass (camp 1) to Miners Ridge with 2 nights at Image Lake and final night at Buck Creek Pass.  Day 1: 10.5 miles with 3550 gain.  Day 2 will be up and down.  Day 3 is available for lazing around or hiking to Cloudy Pass and/or Lyman Lakes. 

Option B: standard approach via Suiattle River.  This route is confirmed open.  Day 1 is 9.5 miles and minimal gain; we'll camp at the junction with Miner's Ridge Trail.  Day 2 is  approx. 6.5 miles and 3350 gain to Image Lake.  Only used if trip reports come in reporting bad blow-down mess or damaged trail.



Spider Meadows, Spider Gap, Lyman Lakes & Buck Creek Pass

  • Green Trails North Cascades Lake Chelan No. 114SX

    Green Trails Holden No. 113

    Trails Illustrated Glacier Peak Wilderness
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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
Trip Reports