Backpack - White Pass, Blue Lake & Pilot Ridge Loop


Backpack - White Pass, Blue Lake & Pilot Ridge Loop

Some of the most spectacular high alpine country in Washington is found along this route. Glorious alpine meadows awash in wildflowers -- from heathers to huckleberries, paintbrush to phlox -- cover vast tracts of the trail. Elsewhere, the path pierces deep, rich old-growth forest, exploring ancient living cathedrals along rushing mountain rivers.

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  • Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 29.1 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 7,200 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,000 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph + 1000 ft/hr

Trailhead (North Fork Sauk parking lot) at 8:00am boots on and ready to hike.

I will arrange carpools in the leaders welcome email after registration closes.  I expect riders to reimburse their drivers at a rate of at least $0.18 per mile.

This is a challenging backpack.  It should not be your first backpack of the season. 

I am not accepting permission requests until the trip opens for registration.  Give me an idea of your backpacking experience and recent trips you've completed within the last year.  I will collect requests for a week after the trip opens and then select the group to go on the trip.  Spots will NOT be allocated first-come-first-served.

The more specific details that you can provide in your permission request about your recent group backpacking experience at a similar difficulty level, your typical pack weight,  and your comfort with route-finding and steep rugged terrain, the more likely that you will get a spot.

My pace is moderate.  More logistics will be forthcoming in the leader's welcome email.

Covid-19:  Participants should be vaccinated with at least one booster for this activity.


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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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