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Day Hike - Paddy-Go-Easy Pass and Sprite Lake

Paddy-Go-Easy Pass and Sprite Lake

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7: AM at Preston Park and Ride
July 8, Sat. – Paddy-Go-Easy Pass and Sprite Lake (S) (GT – Stevens Pass) NWFP 7 mi, 2,800’ gain in, 200’ gain out. Moderate pace. Hike in Salmon La Sac area up a rather steep trail to a high pass with views of Cathedral Rock and Mt. Daniel, and then to a charming little lake with impressive views towards the Stuart Range. Meet 7:00 a.m. at Preston Park and Ride, north side I-90 Exit 22. Register with club headquarters. 2.5 hrs. Glen Strachan, (glenshgi@msn.com) 425-869-8094. (s6/26-7/6) AL Leader’s Notes (7/5/06) – Trail Conditions - Neither the Forest Service, nor WTA have issued trail conditions reports to date in 2006 for Paddy Go Easy Pass and Sprite Lake, so our hike will be somewhat exploratory with respect to trail conditions. Staff at the Cle Elum Ranger Station told me that the Pass is likely snow free based on comparison with similar terrain (west slope, elevation, etc.) and that fallen trees may obstruct the trail in places. They suspect that there may be some snow and ice remaining at Sprite Lake. Road Conditions – the Cle Elum River Road #4330 passed Salmon La Sac Campground is in relatively good condition with some bumps and potholes. A low clearance vehicle may have difficulty crossing Scatter Creek where it intersects the Cle Elum River Road approximately a mile south of the trailhead. Reportedly, the creek at that location has about a foot of water in it. Additional Notes – There is not much water on the trail until Sprite Lake. Bring at least two quarts of water. If need more water you can treat or filter it at Sprite Lake.
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