white pass pilot ridge loop

Incredible trail, hiked this over 3 days and 2 nights 7/17-7/19, highly reccomend. The Bad: Due to lack of campsites on Pilot Ridge, the best choice is to make this loop in a clockwise direction, taking the North Fork Sauk Trail all the way up to the Pacific Crest Trail. It was refreshing to soak my feet. The second leg is a hot one. • Starting at the North Fork Sauk River trailhead, this route meanders along the river for a gentle 5 mile warm up before shooting up the ridge, gaining ~3000 feet in 3 miles to join the PCT near White Pass. You will recognize it by the flat sign stating "glacier peak wilderness." The hike up to white pass is no joke. other than that the fall colors were awesome. A few areas of rock needed to get lower to get down but poles are very helpful there. Also the small stream here is not the most convenient. This video is unavailable. The campsite was buggy, so my $1.50 mosquito head net was totally worth it, Wearing long sleeves and long pants were also necessary due to biting flies. Trip Report By. But in due time, we made it. He was having to go on hands and knees trying to slide his backpack under logs, under bushes and bushwhacking to try to find the trail again. 11,003' Up We never had to filter water at the stagnant ponds; there were trickling springs at multiple spots. Kodak Pass: some of the best views of the Cascades with Rainier in the distance (on a clear day of course) Over July 4th 2014, we hiked the 30 mile loop around Pilot Ridge. 81' Up I ended up scooting across a fallen tree. Once you gain Pilot Ridge Trail #652 later in the run, there's no water until you drop back to the Sauk. There is also no bridge to cross the stream at the bottom. There are some highly hike-able miles along the ridge as the trail rolls toward Dishpan Gap. Glacier Peak, Sloan Peak, Bryant Peak, Kodak Peak, Kyes Peak, Foggy Peak and so many more.. A constant, steep grade for ~4 miles. • The Good: Watch Queue Queue. One of us thought we had made it to the lake but we were not. If you have the legs I’m sure 30 miles would be a great idea! • 1,461' Down Spam? The way out was great. To continue the loop from White Pass, head south on the PCT over miles and miles of mind-boggling ridges, meadows and flower fields, passing Reflection Pond, Kid Pond, Indian Pass, Kodak Peak, which is worth hiking to the top. 19.0 km 23.29 m Down, 34.7 mi My partners legs were like jello so he waded the river while I went over a log, around 70ft long. White Pass - Pilot Ridge Loop, Lake Sally Ann. 2770.78 m Down, 6.5 mi 1,461' Up The lake is beautiful. We had added Foam Creek Basin to this day and having this last little climb was brutal. It is a strenuous, fully exposed hike, but doable. Trail is narrow and is mostly loose rocks. Ran the loop + added a couple of detours to equal 35 miles for the day. But just to reassure people. And never regretted a thing. Drive to the North Fork Sauk River trailhead at the Sloan Creek Campground and park there. White Pass Pilot Ridge Loop Trail is a 30.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Darrington, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The camp sites are good. Starting at the North Fork Sauk River trailhead, this route meanders along the river for a gentle 5-mile warm up before shooting up the ridge, gaining ~3000 feet in 3 miles to join the PCT near White Pass. Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out. • The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. Logistically, this is a good location if you are doing this loop. The rest of the day was not very spectacular. The long route, which we had taken was a little fake out. 13,119' Down You then re-ascend to the unmarked junction with the poets ridge trail. 416.75 m Up I carried ~2.5 liters of water the whole time. 1,367' Up 10.5 km Water refill points everywhere, last couple miles of downhill is brutal on the knees but totally worth it. White Pass Pilot Ridge Loop spreads out over about 30 miles beginning and ending in the lush old growth forests of the North Fork Sauk River. Otherwise, bugs were not too bad. And they had said it was extremely sketchy with loose slippery rocks and steep steep travel. North Cascades. More along Pilot Ridge than other part of the loop. 9,095' Up NOT OKAY! Blue Lake was gorgeous. Insanely steep and almost a bit of a scramble. A lot of this trail is high up and exposed, so be sure to drink and carry as much as possible from Blue Lake. The biggest danger is tripping/falling off the trail from your head constantly swiveling around to take it all in. One mile after passing the … 1107.5 m Up 3,639' Down 2-night, 3-day backpack of the gorgeous White Pass / Pilot Ridge Loop in Glacier Peak Wilderness with bonus climbs of Johnson Mountain and Pilot Peak. Trail info: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/white-pass-pilot-ridge-loop And we were happy, hungry and tired campers. • 76' Down Lots of mosquitoes on the lower portions of the trail so bring bug spray! If you like ridge hiking, sloping green hills, and constant vistas, check out this loop. I could see where I was and where I was supposed to be. What a day. Some boulders are hidden in parts of the trail under tree branches so watch footing. July 19-21. 445.34 m Down, 6.3 mi There was a little more than a dozen cars parked. Huckleberries lining the trail, increasing incredible views. We headed back to the junction we were supposed to be at just around the corner. Made a backpack trip out of this and it rained hard. Trail is in great condition. We spent 2 nights and 3 days on trail and made 18 miles. 69.8 km We could not see the trail until we were five feet from it. It's an excellent way to spend a long weekend. 416.69 m Down, 0.8 mi Coming down from Blue lake is a bit more rugged. I was recording the route on my phone. Plenty of water from TH to White Pass. This time we would hike Pilot and continue around to White Pass and head out the North Fork Sauk River. Ten years ago we day hiked up Pilot Ridge and had some terrific views. Blue Lake: it was nice to sit here and dip your feet in the water after the Blue Lake High Route 11.8 mi 3353.7 m Up Trail. 1.3 km • This trail is rough going getting in and out of the range, but it’s all beautiful. A little ways after passing the junction with the white river trail, you descend into a little valley where you will pass the junction with the indian river trail. This loop can be done as fast as you want or as a week-long adventure. 28.5mi, Create Recommended Route or It was good enough for most of the trail, but there were a few sections where I had to ration it. Saturday morning we were at the 2200' trailhead by 9:00 and had to squeeze into a parking space. It is mostly just a lot of downward hiking. This is about an injury or accident The descent also has another water source but after the meadows to heading down, I do not remember how far unfortunately but you are not out of luck the whole way until North Fork. Kept moving. Beautiful This is an incredibly diverse trail that is perfect for a backpacking trip. We just headed in the direction we needed to go across a random wild flower laden mountainside. We saw one, kept moving, around the corner saw lower Blue Lake. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Luckily for us we could hear eachother but going left when he got out of the water was impossible. We took the high route to Blue Lake. The water underneath is very strong so it is easy to get disoriented while walking across. It's just something that you have to endure. Very surprised I didn't fall on the way up or down. However, the temperature was about 70 degrees despite being 91 degrees down in Darrington. White Pass itself is beautiful. You get a taste of everything great about PNW hiking: miles through lush forests, a quiet alpine lake, challenging climbs, fields of wildflowers, and a long stretch of trail along a ridge with incredible views off either side of the trail including a couple of Washington's glaciated peaks. • Please read to the end** The entire hike was extremely beautiful, flowers were everywhere. 2772.1 m Up Please explain. There are two small lakes before the big Blue Lake and in no way comparable! White Pass - Pilot Ridge Loop; Initially I had planned on completing a clockwise loop over the course of three days and two nights, which I would definitely recommend (at the very least) to enjoy this vast and majestic pocket of the North Cascades. Lots of northwest wildflowers: lupine, glacier lilies, columbines, etc. White Pass Pilot Ridge Loop Trail is a 30.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Darrington, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Stunning views from White Pass, Blue Lake, and Pilot Ridge. This was sure a great backpacking adventure with beautiful views of the mountain range, Silver Lake via Monte Cristo Trail and Poodle Dog Pass Trail, Silvertip Peak Scramble via Monte Cristo Trail and Poodle Dog Pass Trail. The ascent from either side of the loop … Note: The junction sign does not say Blue Lake on it, someone had tried to carve it in but you barely see it. 3998.56 m Down. A little scarce from Kodak Pass to Blue Lake. Day 2 was my favorite due to plentiful wild flowers still in bloom and tons of marmots scrambling along directly on the trail. It’s not easy terrain, but the views are worth it. The cascades never cease to amaze me. So again, the Alltrails app saved me. I don't remember any water between Kodak Peak and Blue Lake. The Great: We only lost the trail at the very top for a bit. Make sure to bring microspikes and trekking poles to cross the snow. In a few places, old log bridges are rotting away and area a bit slick. Most popular is a two night trip, staying at White Pass the first night and Blue Lake the second night. The descent down from the ridge is extremely steep and long. 445.31 m Up There is water year-round on the climb up to White Pass - look for a couple of springs in the hillside on the trail up toward the top. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. (I would NOT do this route in snow.) White Pass: excellent spot to camp and catch the sunset/sunrise Bring a GPS as you can lose the trail in some of the snow crossings. The last bit! Taking other people's content (text, photos, etc) without permission is a copyright violation and Amazing fall colors and blueberries galore! Great views on clear days, definitely a must do hike... Day one from trailhead to White Pass is a hard push up, up, up through endless switchbacks. Probably could walk across it if you trust your balance. The trail leading up to Mackinaw Shelter climbs gently and provides ample shade. Once you get to the last spot, there is a river crossing! Ascent to White Pass: Obviously an ascent like this is difficult, but be prepared for this to take much longer than you think. It’s slumping in places, although always easy to follow. Descent from Pilot Ridge: I know steep inclines/declines are almost always the worst part about hiking, but this will kill your knees. Great trail but easily could be a difficult designation. The trail on Pilot Ridge is clearly the least traveled of this loop. 10.2 km But the soft dirt and pine needle covered ground lays out a nicer soft footed trail going down in the switchbacks. This is one of my favorite backpacking trails. Animals among us were Pika, Marmots, and a deer. White Pass - Pilot Ridge Loop There's no place I'd rather be for my birthday than in the mountains and my companions for this adventure were old friends Blissman, Yoyo and Phlemy. First section was great, there is water before the descent and a little after the ascent. There is a good one immediately after leaving the PCT and heading towards Pilot Ridge. The lake was pristine, blue as day. If you choose this route* after you make it across, the roots have come up from that fallen tree so there is a drop and a “root” climb back out, or there is a smaller log you can try to scoot your way across. 9,090' Down On Day 3, we totally missed the trail leaving Blue Lake, because there are many crisscrossing trails through camp.. We had heard of this based on reviews on other websites and we STILL missed the trail. • 55.8 km PCT: This section was well maintained and had most of the good views. I was able to put my foot on a root across and pull my way over the drop. Once on the PCT, head south, being sure to not trip over your bottom lip due to the jaw dropping views along the way. There is a small stream about a third of the way down the descent. • Lots of little streams to fill up. Lots of little flying insects on top of Kodak Peak. Help keep our trails and parks open during COVID-19 by committing to social distancing. There are spots to camp along the way around mile 4.5 & 6.2. Some hadn’t noted this previously. Aug 3, 2014 - A loop hike, beginning and ending in the old-growth forests of the North Fork Sauk River that traverses high ridges and passes of the Pacific crest, visits beautiful alpine lakes, and finally follows the high and lonesome Pilot Ridge Trail before descending … For more info on trails and hikes check out my Instagram, @alex.morose. I recommend using poles. So I got soaked as did everything else. The route was the North Fork Sauk River trail to Red Pass, White Pass, the PCT to Dishpan Gap then Blue Lakes with an exit via Pilot Ridge. Also, not much to look at until you are closer to the top. Once on the PCT, head south, being sure to not trip over your bottom lip due to the jaw dropping views along the way. Blue Lake High Route: I personally recommend avoiding this unless you are in good shape and plan on making Blue Lake a camping spot. No bridge seen, only big trees to walk across. As for my friend, he waded the river but there was no trail for him once he got to the other side. Oct 15, 2017 - A loop hike, beginning and ending in the old-growth forests of the North Fork Sauk River that traverses high ridges and passes of the Pacific crest, visits beautiful alpine lakes, and finally follows the high and lonesome Pilot Ridge Trail before descending back … Started hiking at 6:30am. Northwest Forest Pass required at the trailhead. An Adventure Projects staff member will review this and take an appropriate action, but we generally don't reply. • The blue lake high route is pretty gnarly. Being a jerk / offensive? • I did not see many hikers on the other trails. Starting at the North Fork Sauk River trailhead, this route meanders along the river for a gentle 5-mile warm up before shooting up the ridge, gaining ~3000 feet in 3 miles to join the PCT near White Pass. 1109.31 m Down, 43.3 mi When you cross the logs, there is no trail up to the trail that takes you home. There is no water that I can remember between Blue Lake and the Pilot Ridge descent. Be sure to stock up early before Kodak Pass. A longer, more moderate hike on the Bald Eagle to Pilot Ridge trail probably would have been more enjoyable. So he trailed right, and finally caught up to my voice and the original trail. The good first portion is with no tree cover, savor water for the first half, and there is indeed a small creek and water source before you hit the junction of Blue Lake high route and Low route. 1,367' Down White Pass camp area is sheltered, but the view isn't the best. We had picked a 30-mile loop called White Pass-Pilot Ridge Loop, which promised lots of ridge walking with spectacular views, bookended by several miles of old growth forest full of ancient cedars and lush ferns. And had a rocky descent of maybe 500ft, before we even made it to the PRTrail and the Blue Lake junction. Note: the High route in indeed very treacherous, some friends of ours had brought a dog and unfortunately had his paw pads were injured. You will run into some people on this trail (if you are into that sort of thing). I was rewarded with the most awesome spring trickling down the mountain as I reached the Pacific Crest Trail. Something else? Trail was fairly easy to follow and only saw 3 other groups the whole trip. We easily re-found the trail. 24.82 m Up • 3,634' Up Here was the tricky bit. About water (Sep 10): Drive the Mountain Loop Highway #530 north from Darrington or south from Rockport to just north of the Bedal Campground and turn east on the North Fork Sauk River road #49. Watch Queue Queue This is where Alltrails SAVED me. The trail is actually really nice going down. You have to bushwack your your way to the trail. If you’re thinking about it, please do it because you won’t regret it! When you reach the river at the bottom, there is not bridge -- jsut fallen logs. Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at the trailhead: We did about 10 miles each day, camping in a different place each night. Then we took the right turn and we had another similar jaunt to go back up to get to Blue Lake. Your FREE account works with all Adventure Projects sites. Once on the PCT, head south, being sure to not trip over your bottom lip due to the jaw dropping views along the way. We hoped that a Saturday to Monday trip would minimize the crowds. 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