Dishpan Gap Loop

Hike to Dishpan Gap area from the west and experience a less crowded loop in the Wild Sky and Henry M. Jackson Wilderness, visiting three passes and hiking along a section of the PCT.

Most people hike to Dishpan Gap from the east via the Cady Ridge and Little Wenatchee River Trails (see the Cady Ridge & Pacific Crest Trail route/place). By approaching from the west, experience a less crowded loop in the Wild Sky and Henry M. Jackson Wilderness, visiting three passes and hiking along a section of the PCT.

Getting there

Heading east on Hwy 2 from Skykomish, turn left (north) on Beckler River Road (Forest Road 65). Continue for 14.9 miles (the pavement ends at 6.9 miles), coming to a junction after crossing the North Fork Skykomish River. Turn right onto FR 63 and proceed 4.3 miles to the road's end and trailhead (elevation 2,500 ft). Primitive camping and privy available.

On the trail

Hike the North Fork Skykomish River Trail 1051 for 3.2 miles to a junction. Proceed right on the Pass Creek Trail. Reach the Pacific Crest Trail at 6.8 miles. Continue north on the PCT to Dishpan Gap at 12.8 miles. Turn west on the North Fork Skykomish Trail. At 18.2 miles, return to the Pass Creek Trail junction, turning right back towards the trailhead.

This route includes several river crossings that can be potentially dangerous in high water. Camping is available at a number of spots along the route. The loop is described in detail in Backpacking Washington, 2nd Edition.

  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking
  • Seasons: July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 21.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,500 ft
  • 5,650 ft
Map
  • Green Trails Monte Cristo No. 143
  • Green Trails Benchmark Mtn No. 144
Activities

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Intro to Backpacking Field Trip - Dishpan Gap Loop

Backpacking Field trip: Introduction to Backpacking
Preference to Tacoma Introduction to Backpacking students. Trip will open to all Mountaineers to register
Difficulty: Moderate
Fri, Aug 23, 2024 - Sun, Aug 25, 2024
No Prerequisites
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Registration opens Apr 4; Instructor registration open now
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