CHS 2 Hike - Cispus Pass

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 2 Hike - Cispus Pass

CHS 2 GRADUATION HIKE! - CHS hike led at a CHS 2 pace (2.0-2.5mph). An out and back hike in the Goat Rocks, to popular Snowgrass Flat and then along the Pacific Crest Trail to lovely but less visited Cispus Basin, and Cispus Pass.

  • Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 16.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,356 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,450 ft
  • Pace: 2.0-2.5 mph

Time TBD.  The trailhead for the hike is the Snowgrass Hiker Trailhead (AKA Snowgrass Flat Trailhead) in the Goat Rocks.  Note that this trailhead is about a 3 hour drive from Seattle.  If you'd rather not drive the morning of the hike, the hike leader has reserved a large group campsite at the Walupt Lake Campground (about a 38 min drive to trailhead) for Saturday night 8/31 and Sunday night 9/1, and there are other lodging options available in nearby Packwood, WA (about a 50 min drive to the trailhead).

We will depart from the Snowgrass Hikers Trailhead and take the Snowgrass Trail #96 up through Snowgrass Flat to the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).  We will then take the PCT southbound through lovely Cispus Basin and reach our high point at Cispus Pass.  After our well deserved break at the pass, we will retrace our steps back to the trailhead. 


Cispus Pass

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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