Bullion Basin & Bear Gap


Day Hike - Bullion Basin & Bear Gap

Incredible wildflowers and views for every step of the 9 miles we'll spend on the PCT.

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  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 14.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,800 ft

6:15 at the Enumclaw National Forest office or 7:00 AM at the trailhead (at the farthest point south in the parking lot by the chapel).

This is a lollipop hike with the 'stick' on the backend. We'll take the bullion basin trail up to the PCT, then go around 6 miles south on the PCT, we will then hike back north on the PCT about 3 miles to Bear Gap and return to the valley via the Silver Creek Trail. All of the time on the PCT is above 6000'. There will be lots of wildflowers.  There is a wide variety of flowers and views as the PCT twists and turns from ridge to ridge and gap to gap.

There is a source of water at 2 and 12 miles on this 14-mile hike.

I'll average about 2 MPH pace on this hike. Folks can always hike as fast as they like as long as they stop at trail junctions and every 45 minutes.

I hiked this on the 4th of July, there may be 1 easy-to-cross snowfield when we hike, but I am 98% sure that it will be melted too.

My trip report from the July 4th scouting hike:


Some pictures from this hike on FB:




Bullion Basin & Bear Gap

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