Pacific Crest Trail: White Pass to Walupt Lake

Considered by many hikers as their favorite part of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), the Goat Rocks is also is the highest and harshest PCT section in Washington. This strenuous 40 mile trip with 7,100 ft of elevation gain rugged terrain, "elevation exposure," snowfields, berries, views, alpine lakes, and goats. It starts at White Pass, ascends to Old Snowy Mountain, detours to Hawkeye Point, and then heads south to Walupt Lake. From White Pass, hardy hikers can go to and from Shoe Lake in a day.

on the trail

Suggested four-day itinerary

Day 1: Drive to and leave a car at Walupt Lake. Then drive to White Pass. Hike south on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) to Tieton Pass. It's 11 miles and 2,200 feet of elevation gain.
Day 2: Hike south on the PCT to Snowgrass Flat, then camp north of Snowgrass Flat on Trail No. 86. Take lower route in bad weather, or the upper route in good weather. It's 10.7 miles and 2,400 feet of elevation gain.
Day 3: Day hike north to Hawkeye Point, then rejoin the PCT south and camp at Sheep Lake (by Nannie Ridge). It's 10 miles and 2,000 feet of elevation gain.
Day 4: Hike the PCT south to Trail No. 101 and hike to the Walupt Lake Campground from there. It's 7.8 miles and 500 feet of elevation gain.

shoe lake (6,050 ft)

From White Pass, hardy hikers can reach Shoe Lake with an out-and-back hike of 15.7 miles and 2,500 feet elevation gain. The PCT and Shoe Lake Trail, No. 1119, from a 2.9-mile loop around Shoe Lake.

notes

  • This is not a good trip for first time backpackers or those afraid of heights. People backing this route can expect to cross several snowfields and miles of trail that is very steep and rocky and exposed.
  • Book Reference:  Pacific Crest Trail: Oregon & Washington, 7th ed. by Schaffer & Selters (Wilderness Press, 2004).
  • Difficulty: Very Strenuous
  • Length: 39.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 7,100 ft
  • 5,800 ft
Map
  • Green Trails White Pass No. 303
  • Green Trails Walupt Lake No. 335
  • Green Trails Goat Rocks William O Douglas Wilderness No. 303S
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  • Pacific Crest Trail: Chinook Pass to Walupt Lake
  • Chinook Pass to Walupt Lake
  • Pacific Crest Trail: Walupt Lake to White Pass
  • White Pass to Walupt Lake
  • Walupt Lake to White Pass
  • Shoe Lake
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