Napeequa Valley


Day Hike - Little Giant Pass

Fall colors and stunning views!

  • Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,409 ft
  • Pace: 2 mph

At the Little Giant Trailhead @ 0830. 

From the Stevens Pass Ski Area on US Highway 2, travel east for 20 miles. Turn left onto WA-207 north and continue for 4.2 miles. Just after you cross the Wenatchee River, bear right at the fork in the road for Chiwawa Loop Road for 0.4 miles. Keep right onto County Highway 22 and continue another 0.8 miles. Turn left onto Chiwawa River Road / NF-62 and continue 19.1 miles to the trailhead on your left.  

(Correction) Is at least a 3.5 hr drive from Tacoma.  There is an option to go up 10/7  (the night before) and car camp at Nineteenmile Campground.  This is a 4 spot campground less than 1 mile from the trailhead.  Lu and I will be camping here.  It's first come first serve and $18 per spot. (bring a check/cash?)

Here is the link for more info:

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest - Nineteenmile Campground (

(NEW) Will be monitoring the Airplane Lake fire situation 

After fording the Chiwawa River, we will hike up into some pretty incredible fall colors to our destination, a pass high on the ridge between the Chiwawa and Napeequa River valleys. We may continue up a path higher on the ridge. The views will be pretty dramatic, looking up the Napeequa Valley to the glacial hulk of Clark Mountain. 

This is a strenuous consistent uphill hike with 4000 feet of elevation gain and several pretty steep sections. Please be able to hike at a steady 2 mph pace uphill with limited breaks, until we get into the fall color fields.  Then we will allow for plenty of time to take photos of the fall scenery along the way.

We will only do this hike if the weather is good to allow for good views. Otherwise, hike will be cancelled. *Also monitoring fire and smoke activity from the Airplane Lake fire.

Trip logistics require advance planning in drive time and optional car camping.  Please be courteous and sign up for this hike committed to the adventure. 



Napeequa Valley

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Required Equipment

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The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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