Sloan Creek to Glacier Peak Meadows

A strenuous 24 mile backpacking trip with 4.600 feet of elevation gain. This trip takes you along the climbers route to the foot of Glacier Peak and features panoramic views of the mountain before camping in Glacier Peak Meadows.

Temporary Trail closures, August 2021

The North Fork Sauk Trail, Trail No. 649, will temporarily close for maintenance in Summer 2021. The trail will be closed Aug 5-11 and Aug 18-24. The closure will be between Mackinaw Shelter and the Pacific Crest Trail junction. Please check with the Darrington Ranger District for the most up to date information.

getting there

Take the Mountain Loop Highway from either Darrington or Granite Falls to Forest Road 49, about 7 mi south of Barlow Pass. Travel 6.5 mi on this road until reaching Sloan Creek Campground (2,100 ft).


From Sloan Creek Campground, follow Trail No. 649 along the North Fork Sauk River. After 5.5 mi, reach the Mackinaw Shelter. Camping is possible here, but not recommended for a 3-day trip. Continue on Trail No. 649, which soon begins switch backing for about 2,500 ft gain. Some water may be available here from snowmelt in numerous spots. Continue on the trail which does a rising traverse to White Pass, intersecting the Pacific Crest Trail just prior to the pass. Early season you may need to break your own trail here.

At White Pass look for the Foam Creek trail and follow it as it does an ascending traverse under White Mountain to below the eastern-most col along the ridge above you on climber's left. Leave the trail and head up to the col at about 6,600 ft.

At the col you will get your first views of Glacier Peak. Head down the slope about 400 ft traversing to the right. Continue onto low angle terrain at the Glacier Peak Meadows near the edge of the White Chuck Glacier at about 6,700 ft. Numerous campsites are available here on flat snow and among rock islands. Look for possible nearby water sources.

  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Length: 24.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,600 ft
  • 6,700 ft
  • Green Trails Sloan Peak No. 111
  • Green Trails Glacier Peak No. 112
  • USGS Glacier Peak East
  • USGS Glacier Peak West

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