Sourdough Mountain


Day Hike - Sourdough Mountain

Sourdough Mtn

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  • Very Strenuous
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,085 ft
9:00 am at Trailhead
**SPECIAL NOTE: There is a possibility that the hike destination will be changed, due to excessive snow on the Sourdough Mountain trail (preventing summitting or possibly reaching a place to see views). Leader will contact participants regarding any change of destination.** Ever since I first read about this hike in Craig Romano's "Day Hiking - North Cascades" I have been longing to do this hike, both for the challenge and the unbelievable views. Trust me, this is definitely an extremely challenging hike, not for the faint of heart. If you sign up, please be certain you are in good enough shape - we will be going, for the most part, at a moderate pace (not slow or leisurely). We will be climbing roughly 1000 ft. per mile for 5.5 miles up to a historic 1933 fire lookout at the summit (a super steep hike: think Mailbox Peak). But our reward will be a stunning panorama of high mountain peaks (like Ruby Mountain, Pyramid and Colonial Peaks, and Jack Mountain) with Diablo Lake nestled below, and wildflowers dotting the way up. 10 essentials, proper hiking gear for weather conditions (no jeans, cotton or tennis shoes allowed), LOTS of water (there is a creek at the 4 mile point so you can also bring a water filter to replenish as needed), and as much energy and enthusiasm you can muster. We will have fun, even as we sweat! Preference will be given to those who are also signed up for Sue Shih's Windy Pass (Pasayten) hike on 7/4 by Friday, June 25. 3 car camp sites allowing 2 cars/8 people each have been reserved at Newhalem Campground from Friday, July 2 through Monday, July 5 (3 nights). Contact leader or co-leader ASAP to reserve your spot at the campsite - no later than June 25, as we need to confirm numbers and cancel any sites/dates not needed. Fees should be no more than $10 per night for the camp site, possibly less. For those not staying overnight in Newhalem, we will be meeting at the trailhead at 9am, which is about a 3 hour drive from Seattle. Feel free to contact me with any questions (email preferred). Co-leader: Susan Shih

Sourdough Mountain

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