CHS 2 Hike

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 2 Hike - Sourdough Mountain

This will be a through hike to Sourdough Mountain, down the Pierce Mountain Way to the Ross Dam Trail and shuttle back to the Sourdough Mountain Trailhead. CHS hike led at a CHS 2 pace (2.0-3.0 mph)

  • Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 14.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,850 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,974 ft

We will meet at the Sourdough Mountain Trailhead at 7:30 am.  I expect most folks to be coming from the North Cascades camp out (that is about 15 minutes away), but if you are coming from Seattle, it will be a very early morning.  Please carpool if you are coming from the Seattle area - reimburse the driver at $0.15/mile.  

No parking pass is required.

Here is a good description of the hike:  Sourdough Mountain.  This is one of the classic hikes of Washington

I think it prudent to beat the heat of the day (anticipating warm August weather) as much as possible and this hike gains 3,000 feet in the first 2 miles,  I plan on stopping every hour or as needed for a gear adjustment, water, snack and rest break.

There will be some stream crossings and we should be able to filter some water so we don't need to carry all of the water for the day.  We will be hiking  down via the Pierce Mountain Way to the Ross Dam Trail, and across the Ross Dam.  There will be an uphill hike to our shuttle cars, which is about 15 minutes from the Sourdough Mountain Trailhead.  I have selected this so it isn't as grueling as I have heard on the way down and changes up our scenery to see Ross Lake along the way.

Details will be emailed to registered participants a few days before the hike.  We will be hiking for about 7-8 hours including brief stops for views and snacks.

Check current weather here:  Mountain-Forecast 


Sourdough Mountain

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)
Trip Reports