Vesper Peak

Hike to Vesper Lake and then scramble Vesper Peak. The hike to the lake is 2700 feet of gain with an additional 1,300 feet of scrambling to the top of the peak with round trip mileage of 7 and 8 miles respectively.


Drive I-5 to exit 194, US 2. Exit to US 2 eastbound and follow to exit for SR 204 North to SR 9 North . Turn right on SR 92 to Granite Falls. Drive Mountain Loop Highway east from Granite Falls 28 mi (2 mi before Barlow Pass). Turn right (south) on Sunrise Mine Road (Forest Road 4065) and drive 2.3 mi to the Sunrise Mine Trailhead.


 Hike trail 3 mi to Headlee Pass, 4,720 ft. From the pass, follow trail skirting around the south flanks of Sperry Peakto the upper Vesper Creek basin between Sperry and Vesper Peaks. Campsites are available on grassy bench near trail above stream, or farther upstream near a small lake in the basin.

In late summer many hikers climb Vesper Peak since a trail takes you most of the way to the summit. During the rest of the year expect snow travel. During winter and spring this is also a backcountry ski destination however skiers should be prepared for a river crossing. 

  • Difficulty: Technical 3, Strenuous 3
  • Length: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,000 ft
  • 6,214 ft
  • USGS Silverton
  • USGS Bedal
  • Green Trails Mountain Loop Highway No. 111SX

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  • Vesper Lake
  • Headlee Pass and Vesper Lake
  • Vesper Lake and Peak

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