Day Hike - Dirtyface Lookout


Day Hike - Dirtyface Lookout

Got the Friday before Memorial Day off? Join this strenuous hike with amazing views of Lake Wenatchee, Nason Ridge, North Cascades and Glacier Peak!

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  • Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 9.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,950 ft
  • Pace: 1,000 ft/hr

Trailhead, 12pm. Or Olympia, 5:30am location TBD. See notes below.

Dirtyface Peak is a serious hike with typically early snow melt out a few miles north of Lake Wenatchee. We'll hike through the forest, past a pretty waterfall to snowy or wildflower-strewn hanging meadows, up the steep face of the peak, to the remnants of a former fire lookout with 360* views of Nason Ridge, Lake Wenatchee, North Cascades and Glacier Peak on a clear day. This is a gorgeous hike with sweeping views but very little shade, so bring extra water and also bug spray/sprayed clothes/bugnet for face - in case the bugs come out early.

We will try to keep a pace of 1,000ft hr but, possibly slower if it is very hot, and no one will get left behind. 

The late start time will allow those of us who want to car camp until Sunday to find a USFS campsite Friday morning. This is part of a larger car camping trip with an exploratory day in Leavenworth on Saturday and Fourth of July Creek to Icicle Ridge on Sunday. Please message if interested in the camping or multi-day option.

Olympia hikers, scramblers and scrambling students will have priority until May 6. People who do not fit that description, please don't request permission until May 6, unless you know and have hiked with me before.







Dirtyface Lookout

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
  11. Microspikes
  12. Poles
  13. Extra water (3-4L)
  14. Gas money for drivers
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