Meadow Creek to Fortune Ponds and Pear Lake

A lightly traveled trail through the Wild Sky and Henry M. Jackson Wildernesses. Enjoyably done as a backpacking trip with a round trip distance of just over 16 miles and an elevation gain of nearly 3000 feet.

getting there

The trailhead is at 2,000 ft on Forest Road 6530.

on the trail

Enter Wild Sky Wilderness a short distance from the trailhead and hike up switchbacks through an area burned by wildfire in 1967. After leaving the burned area, gain elevation gradually as you enter the Henry M. Jackson Wilderness. Reach Fortune Ponds at 6.5 miles, climb to Frozen Finger Gap, drop down heading south towards Pear Lake. At Pear Lake the trail ends at its junction with the Pacific Crest Trail.

  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking
  • Seasons: July, August, September, October
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  • Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
  • Length: 16.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft
  • 4,900 ft
  • Green Trails Benchmark Mtn No. 144

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