The section we chose is nestled in Washington's Pasayten Wilderness, just on the other side of the Cascade Range’s rainshadow and east of North Cascades National Park. Silver Lake. From the sound of it, there was a pretty healthy pika population living in the surrounding talus fields that had survived the fire just fine! Pasayten Wilderness : SummitPost.org : Climbing, hiking, mountaineering. When we reached the south end of First Hidden Lake, we saw tons of animal tracks in the dried end of the lake bed, just like the west side of Cougar Lake. Join me as I share stories, photos, and more from the wilds of the PNW and beyond! We spent the evening sipping margaritas while hearing the eerie calls of loons from the lake. Seattle, WA 98104. Aside from a couple we passed back near the historic cabins, Laurel and I had seen no one else all weekend. This is a short backpacking trip my buddy Adam and I did in Washington's Pasayten Wilderness a few weeks ago in June, 2019. The trailhead was Slate Pass at 6900 feet - nearly the highest altitude of the trip, within a few hundred feet. Not deterred by a little tree hopping and route finding, we continued along Middle Hidden Lake and yet again, took a long break to explore more tracks in the dry lake bed. Priceless! Outdoor Research / I love hiking in the Pasayten Wilderness. I’d be enjoying soggy shoes for the rest of the night. The Hidden Lakes and Billy Goat area of the Pasayten had been on my radar for many years, but I hadn’t planned to get there on this particular trip. Its 530,031 acres of wild land buttress the Canadian border. Though we have lived in the valley for decades, there are many areas yet to explore. A previously burned area along the Billy Goat Trail. The trail to begin with was pretty flat for about a mile and then begins to ascend higher and higher making for a bit of a workout. At the very end of August, I spent 6 days backpacking over 80 miles inside the Pasayten, first completing a stunning solo backpack loop around Devil’s Dome on its west side, then joining up with a friend to explore around the Hidden Lakes of the central Pasayten. Middle Hidden turned up even more critters that included coyote, otter, and possibly even mink. Grand total over 6 days in the Pasayten: 76.2 miles | 19,035′Whew, no wonder my legs were tired! This may be a bit of a "slog" but is definitely worth the extra effort. You have the option of hiking or riding a horse up to camps of your choice. The Wilderness encompasses almost 150 peaks over 7,500 feet in elevation, 160 or more bodies of water, and at least as many waterways, some turbulent enough to have carved sharp canyons with sheer walls. We took our breakfast to the sunny spot along the lake we visited the previous day and reveled in the solitude and beauty. A backpacking trip there left me in awe of its landscape, solitude, and wildness. The Pasayten’s … Buckskin Lake. Toasted by a 2003 wildfire that left only a few fir islands in its wake, this corner of the Pasayten Wilderness is recovering nicely, with pioneering penstemon, paintbrush, fireweed and clematis clambering among the avalanche-deposited boulders littering the Lake Creek drainage. I wasn’t quite reorganized to hit the trail again early Saturday morning. I’ve always believed that the more you look, the more you see. Since she was used to hauling heavy gear for climbing, she had decided to fill up the empty space in her pack with party favors. It’s no secret to most who know me that the Pasayten Wilderness, which spans over 531,000 acres on Washington’s northeast border with Canada, is one of my favorite places to explore. After Drake Creek, the trail climbs again and takes you up another 1,000 feet in the next 1.5 miles to Lucky Pass. Remmel Lake in the Pasayten Wilderness. And humbling. I’d look closer and see plants regrowing and wildlife thriving. We awoke to a freezing morning and took our breakfast, hot tea, and coffee up the trail to a sunny clearing along the lake. Wildflowers are commonly encountered along the trail. Larch Pass Loop (Pasayten) A strenuous 52 mile backpack with approximately 7,000 feet of total elevation gain. Eventually the trail all but disappeared and we picked the path of least resistance through the trees and debris, at last arriving at the shore of Big Hidden Lake, which stretched gorgeously far into the distance. It was beautiful. Earlier in the day we had heard some distance rumbles of thunder and now it was clear where it had rained. From here, you will travel 15.5 miles through lodgepole pine and lupine meadows as the West Fork of the Pasayten River Trail carries you back to Slate Pass. Available most of the summer in the Wenatchee National Forest; Sawtooth Area, North Cascades National Park and Recreation Area and Glacier Peak Wilderness. Trail Name: Eastern Pasayten Loop. Page was adopted on December 19, 2006. Well, I tried to take a, I keep telling myself I’m gonna take a ski rest, Another day, another ski outing. Photo by trip reporter Wilderness Lvr. Back in September roads were in reasonable shape with only some light washboarding. Start high and stay high on this stunning section of the Pacific Crest Trail, crossing through Harts Pass, Windy Pass, and Holman Pass. The Pasaytan skirts Canada'a border and includes beautiful open country with views of rolling meadows and surrounding peaks. Instead, there was only one other car, a forest service vehicle, and a mule train at the lower trailhead. Distance: 13.9 miles | Elevation Gain: 3,745′. After you've taken a swim in Quartz Lake or scrambled up 8,274-foot Sheep Mountain, return to Larch Creek for your final night in the Pasayten and hike out the next day. Most of the forested slopes were burnt to a crisp, but pockets of green trees remained here and there. Solight Design / La Sportiva, Hudson and I wish everyone a Merry Christmas from, Finally took that rest day with a walk before the, Today’s rest day... ha! Matthew with some larches near Center Mountain. Starting at Iron Gate TH to Armstrong Mountain 7/29 - 7/30 500px : https://500px.com/courterpnw Lacey 500px: https://500px.com/laceypnw Its 530,031 acres of wild land buttress the Canadian border. MSR / In northern Washington state, the Pasayten Wilderness stands out. It sounded like most of the trail had been logged out as far as First Hidden Lake, but beyond that we had no idea what we’d find. > Plan your trip using WTA's Hiking Guide, Length: 50 milesElevation Gain: 5000 feetHighest Point: 7500 feet. Untouched and undiscovered Pasayten Wilderness is Washington's well kept secrets. So much in nature goes completely unnoticed until you truly sit down, be still, watch, and listen. We headed back to the trail and continued on, finally reaching the historic cabins between First and Middle Hidden Lakes at Stub Creek, which were wrapped and saved from the fire. It’ll take generations to recover. Joined May 3, 2018 Messages 224. The trail turned slightly brushy, and unfortunately, wet. I've spent over 20 years exploring the Washington State backcountry and in 2019 completed a project to visit and photograph all of Washington's last remaining fire lookouts. The shortest route to get Cathedral Lakes (not coming from Canada) is roughly 19 miles. Interestingly, Big Hidden Lake drains north to Canada while the rest of the lakes drain south to the Methow via Lost River. Tips for backpacking in a Wilderness area, Length: 12 milesElevation Gain: 1550 feetHighest Point: 7200 feet. My soggy mood was immediately bolstered and I kicked off my wet shoes and relaxed on a log. Wandering this country gives you a glimpse of what frontier life might have been like. Beginning at the Irongate Trailhead west of Loomis, hikers will head west, covering some of the most spectacular features of the wilderness area until eventually turning into the Castle Pass Trail, and descending out of the Pasayten Wilderness. There wasn’t another soul around. They’ve clearly been burned away. The Pasayten Wilderness is one of the largest wildernesses in the state of Washington and one of the largest in the contiguous United States. Despite rheumatoid arthritis, I'm a peakbagger, backpacker, biker, paddler, and skier. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. Our home stomping grounds include the extensive backcountry surrounding the Methow Valley of Washington. Laurel and I spent our last day at Cougar Lake lazily, not really wanting to leave. Far up the Lost River Valley of the Pasayten, only 10 miles south of the Canadian border, lie a chain of four gorgeous lakes: Cougar Lake, First Hidden Lake, Middle Hidden Lake, and Big Hidden Lake. Without hesitation Laurel and I climbed down the rocky slope to get a closer look. My original plan was to meet my friend Laurel in Winthrop after completing Devils Dome, then head out for a 45 mile backpack through the Cathedral Pass area further east. I see all the different species that use the land, how they move and how they behave, and even more amazingly, how they all overlap. It covers ____ acres in North-Central Washington. The Pasayten Wilderness is one of the largest wildernesses in the state of Washington and one of the largest in the contiguous United States. The lake was low and completely cut off. Photo by trip reporter Nolan. Start your trip at the Billy Goat Trailhead and hike 7.3 miles to a campsite along Larch Creek, crossing through Billy Goat Pass, Three Fools Pass, and over Diamond Creek. > Plan your trip using WTA's Hiking Guide. East Pasayten Loop Trip Report – Day 1. Laurel works full time with Conservation Northwest specializing in Conservation Restoration Ecology. I watched in amazement as Laurel pulled margarita mix, limes, tequila, guacamole, and fresh carrots from her pack. From 3-day weekend trips to week-long loops, our guide will get you inspired to grab a map, and begin charting a trip through Washington's remote and rugged Pasayten Wilderness. Larch Pass Loop (Pasayten) A strenuous 52 mile backpack with approximately 7,000 feet of total elevation gain. I first travelled in the Pasayten as an impressionable 19-year old backpacker on the PCT in August of 1973. From 3-day weekend trips to week-long loops, our guide will get you inspired to grab a map, and begin charting a trip through Washington's remote and rugged Pasayten Wilderness. Backpacking the Pasayten Wilderness. Distance: 65-70 miles, round trip. I was immensely relaxed, rejuvenated, and inspired by the wilderness around me. For most people in Washington, the Pasayten Wilderness, nestled between North Cascades National Park on the west and Canada on the north, is just out of reach for a day hike. Want so spread even more good? She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain. After Lucky Pass, the trail has a few small rollers before making a big descent 1,500′ over the next 3.5 miles to Diamond Creek, just past the 9 mile mark. Nature will bear the closest inspection. So far from the trailhead all the way to Cougar Lake, the trail had been in surprisingly good condition. This magical land of wildness continually begs me to see more. As you head north on the high and wild Buckskin Ridge Trail, the vista filled with copper, gold and gunmetal peaks will pull you forward step by step. Make the easy trek to this 7,000-foot basin teeming with wildlife. Continue six more miles to circle Amphitheater Mountain, passing upper Cathedral Lake to 7,600-ft Cathedral Pass. Since Laurel is a restoration guru, she was curious to see how the land was recovering and I was curious to see what the area looked like since the fire. Some fire erosion had caused a few narrow spots, which for hikers isn’t a problem, but I’d certainly be a bit nervous with stock. Depending on the time of year the meadow could be filled with lupine and Indian paintbrush as wells several other species of wildflowers. Behind us was Many Trails Peak, towering over the landscape. Pasayten Wilderness encompasses 531,000 acres, skirting more than 50 miles of Canada's border and encompassing the crest of the Cascades. Lieferzeiten für andere Länder und Informationen zur Berechnung des Liefertermins siehe hier: Liefer- und Zahlungsbedingungen Overview More to come. Methow Valley Ranger District:  (509) 996-4003, Tonasket Ranger District:  (509) 486-2186, Buckskin Ridge - West Fork Pasayten River Loop. It’s clear there used to be scattered campsites and horse camps between the trailhead and Drake Creek, but most are now blackened and surrounded by scorched, unstable snags. We soon heard flocks of small chirping birds, all in the trees behind us and realized they weren’t just flying over the lake, they were catching thousands of tiny little nymphs that were hatching from the lake and taking flight. From the Billy Goat trailhead, the Hidden Lakes trail climbs roughly 700 feet over 2 miles along the eastside of the Eightmile Creek drainage with big views of Big Craggy and Eightmile Peak to the west. Thread starter NorthwestWanderer; Start date Aug 1, 2019; Don't like ads? In short time we had a plan B: a 35 mile out and back from the Billy Goat trailhead to Big Hidden Lake. This was a six day backpacking trip in the Pasayten Wilderness, in north-central Washington state, east of North Cascades National Park. While fire is a very natural process in many wilderness areas, especially the Pasayten, the Diamond Creek Fire in 2017 was not natural. Views of surrounding peaks will keep you entranced. REI / My partner and I were driving to the Pasayten Wilderness, where we would spend the week backpacking. Located in the Pasayten Wilderness and surrounded by Amphitheater Mountain and Cathedral Peak, Cathedral Lakes are a great destination for a multi-day backpacking trip. The trails aren’t hidden in brush as they sometimes are on the west side of the Cascade Range. I recall my thought then, that although I had already spent five weeks alone in the wild areas of the Cascades farther south, I was about to enter true wilderness - silent, vast, and mysterious. The bridge at Drake Creek was burned out in the fire but the water was low enough that the crossing wasn’t difficult and only required a few acrobatic hops across some logs and rocks. Start at the 30-Mile trailhead on the Chewuch River out of Winthrop. The morning light perfectly illuminated all of the little flying critters and we sat there for over an hour, watching this incredible dance of nature. I met her through the volunteer work I do with Conservation Northwest’s Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project and I-90 Winter Snow Tracking, which she helps manage. Spending extended time in a wilderness that has been forever changed by fire is visceral. Once at Eightmile Pass, the trail descends 1,000 feet in the next 2 miles down to Drake Creek. Score! > Plan your trip using WTA's online Hiking Guide, Length: 9.2 milesElevation Gain: 2800 feetHighest Point: 6950 feet. The trail continues through burned forest until at 3.5 miles you break out into a large meadow. We found tiny underwater snails on the logs, saw trout jumping from the lake, and could have stayed here for days, soaking it all in. It’s hard to hike through this scorched area and not feel enormous sadness, loss, and frustration at human impacts. The views are even bigger now that the trees have sadly been burned into matchsticks. Climb the local peaks, check out the Canadian border monuments, or kick back and watch the marmots. Over 600 miles of trails access the Wilderness, and the PNT explores 95 miles of them. Note on water: Parts of the Pasayten can lack abundant water sources, so check conditions before you go, plan your sources carefully and file a trip report when you return. This trail is exceptionally beautiful and travels through the Pasayten Wilderness Area. And unlike sections farther south, where extreme vertical topography pushes the path off the crest, the PCT stays high here, riding the Pasayten's broader ridges and open meadows. Even if I don’t see live animals, I see wildlife everywhere through their tracks. The area has been long storied for its beauty and trout fishing, but was severely impacted by the 128,000 acre Diamond Creek Fire in 2017. Continue 3.7 miles to Peeve Pass and allow yourself two nights to camp here, as there are many excellent day hike options nearby. Laurel and I reached the east bank of Cougar Lake just as darkness fell and switched on our headlamps to scope out a camp site. Fire has opened up sweeping vistas previously hidden by forest and painted the landscape in a spectacular palette of deep earthy colors–reds, oranges, and browns. Most of us are so consumed with getting from point A to point B and marveling at the big grand vistas when we’re outside that we miss all of these tiny, magical moments that truly make nature a gift. Explore multiple alpine lakes and mountain passes on a great backpacking loop for solitude seekers. Sign up below to receive email notifications of new trip reports, trail guides, historical sites, and more! Eric and Matthew, Oct 2-4. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. Our backpacking trip took us to only a small part of the Pasayten — centered on Horseshoe Basin. And every time I visit the Pasayten it opens all of my senses in a way no other place does. Reports had warned us about the heatwave, but we were confident we could withstand the solar wrath for a couple of days before we got into cooler higher-elevation terrain. Studying maps, I mapped out a loop through the eastern Pasayten wilderness to Upper Cathedral Lake.. What I’ve loved most about getting involved with Conservation Northwest’s tracking program is that it really opens your eyes to the wilderness around you. If done as a five-day trip, longest single day is 12 miles and 2,200 feet elevation. But as I hiked, I wasn’t really thinking about my legs or how tired they were from these 80 miles in the Pasayten. , Cotopaxi / 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 The last mile to the trailhead turns a bit rougher and narrow. I was ready for a relaxing evening at camp! Photo by LghtChsr_MtnLvr. Spent 4 days and 3 nights exploring its wide array of terrain and expansive views. Prices quoted are within a 10 mile radius of the Stehekin Valley. When it was finally time to return to camp, we reluctantly gathered our gear, not really wanting to leave this magical place. Pair Buckskin Ridge with the West Fork Pasayten River for a superb 32-mile loop through the Pasayaten Wilderness that starts and ends at Slate Pass. We had originally planned to camp here for the night, but decided to push on a few more miles to Cougar Lake to see if we could score a safer and more private camp spot. 12 miles in and barely a mile from camp and my shoes and pants were soaked through in no time. At night, listen for the coyotes and count stars. I guess it makes sense if the Lost River is indeed subterranean in places. A long weekend is the perfect chance to make the drive from either the west or east sides of the state up to Horseshoe Basin. It wasn’t clear if the mules were coming or going, but we were surprised and delighted for this much solitude on a holiday weekend! I had a window of freedom for half of July and needed to find some trails relatively snow free. Spend a day — or a week — exploring the wonders of this alpine landscape. It was all these feelings, along with surprising solitude and an astounding variety of animal tracks, that made the 3 days I spent with my friend near Hidden Lakes a trip I won’t soon forget. Backpacking to Pasayten Airstrip. A few colorful wildflowers popping up along the PCT. Nearer Cougar Lake, the appropriately named Lost River disappears underground and is replaced by a spectacularly green marsh. Pair Buckskin Ridge with the West Fork Pasayten River for a superb 32-mile loop through the Pasayaten Wilderness that starts and ends at Slate Pass. My body was literally shaking from the cold,” he said while we listened to the story around the campfire. It might be a li, Washington State's 93 Remaining Fire Lookouts, Washington State Fire Lookouts Open for Overnight Stays, How to Get Started Backcountry Snowboarding (Or Skiing! Cougar Lake was peacefully beautiful in the light of day and the air was full of the tiny meeps of pika. Click here for more info. July 19th, 2008 Leave a comment During my recent four day backpacking trip in the Pasayten Wilderness with Brett, Tim and Bill we visited an old Tungsten mine on Wolframite Mountain. The work that’s been done to clear the trail is impressive. This lake bed was such a delightful surprise and in it we found the tracks of moose, deer, and a black bear. Instead, Laurel and I met for breakfast, then poured over maps while I dried my gear in the sun at Pearrgyin Lake State Park. I choose to purchase my gear from companies who do good in the world. A backpacking trip there left me in awe of its landscape, solitude, and wildness. If done as a five-day trip, longest single day is 12 miles and 2,200 feet elevation. Most of the trail to Cougar Lake after Diamond Creek traverses below Island Mountain and has minimal climbing, which I was thankful for! Washington Trails Association After being so wet on Devils Dome I was a little annoyed and uncharacteristically grumpy, especially since I decided to forego my usual pair of extra camp shoes. The … The Boundary Trail section of the PNT in Horseshoe Basin, Pasayten Wilderness. From 3-day weekend out-and-backs to challenging week-long loops, the trips below will get you inspired to grab a map, and begin charting your own Pasayten adventures. We didn’t arrive until midday on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend and fully expected a sea of cars. Photo by trip reporter MazamaMike. 12 Replies. Photo: Richard Forbes . Cascades as you traverse through alpine meadows. Bright purple fireweed stands starkly against dark blackened trees. Of course wouldn’t you know? On these pages you will find accounts of the adventures of Pasayten, Gnome and friends as they backpack into some beautiful backcountry locations. I was happy to give my legs a break and since it was only 3 miles to the upper lake, we’d have all day to explore. Right along the trail were two enormous horse camps with not only unburned, stable trees, but also lots of rocks and logs for lounging. We decided to keep our cozy camp at Cougar Lake and day hike to Big Hidden Lake with lighter packs. Surviving the Pasayten Wilderness – A F-16 Pilot’s Backpack Trip Turns Educational “It was the worst day of my life. Once we came out on the west side of the pass we were astounded, shocked, surprised and generally overwhelmed with the view. It just went up. 1 Gilt für Lieferungen in folgendes Land: Deutschland. Hike four miles among wildflowers to 7,500-foot McCall Gulch, the highpoint of the trail. On this leg from Harts Pass to Canada's Manning Provincial Park (where thru-hikers exit the trail), you'll enjoy a vista-to-backpacker ratio that borders on the ludicrous. Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Oct 15, 2016 - Explore Holly Barnes's board "Pasayten Wilderness Washington" on Pinterest. To see any green here was refreshing and we couldn’t help but stop and admire it. I left my telephoto lens at the trailhead. Holed up under a fir tree at dusk, we had just finished forty-eight hours of evading in the rain. My legs were now approaching 60 miles and close to 15k in 4 days. Happy trails! Distance: 13.8 miles | Elevation Gain: 3,150′. We were in wildlife geek heaven and could barely contain our excitement. The trail was in good condition all the way but after the cabins, it was a maze of fallen trees. There’s a small camping area right off the trail with easy access to water, but it’s surrounded by a lot of soot and burned, unstable trees. Set up camp, and spend a week scrambling up a half dozen surrounding gentle lofty peaks. The 44-mile loop through Cathedral Pass offers some of the best scenery that the Boundary Trail has to offer. We stopped at the cabins for a lunch break and explored the area. The route began at Thirty Mile trailhead and went north along the Chewuch River. The route was first conceived by Ron Strickland in 1970. There were two big elevation gains, and no switchbacks. Between 1970 and 1976, extensive fieldwork was performed by Strickland and others, including early supporters along the PNT corridor who lent extensive knowledge of local trail systems to the effort. The reality? At the same time, beyond the scars, is beauty in the devastation. We sat down, enjoying the amazing solitude, the huge views stretched out before us, and the unbelievable blue sky. We started our adventure at the Iron Gate Trailhead. ). Hike five miles east in mostly open terrain to Tungsten Mine, then close the loop by hiking six miles down the Tungsten Trail, then finish back down the Chewuch River. We decided to access it via the Canyon Creek trailhead, since that was only a 2.5 hr drive away instead of Slate Pass, which is closer to 5 hours away. It’s home to an astounding array of wildlife, including the largest population of lynx in the lower 48 as well as deer, moose, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and wolves. I couldn’t believe it! With 150 miles between resupply points, the Pacific Northwest Trail offers an immersive wilderness experience within the 531,000-acre Pasayten Wilderness. The Pasayten Wilderness in Washington State spans 531,000 acres, skirts more than 50 miles of the Canadian border, and is one of the largest wilderness areas in the contiguous US. The Pasayten Wilderness is simply an outstanding playground filled with wild flowers, streams, cliff faces, wildlife, meadows, and views til the eye can see. I may wear out my, Morning alpenglow on Gardner... so happy I still h, Hey, where’d my cattle dog go?! There was no sign of any of the intersecting trails leading up Stub Creek or to Tatoosh Buttes. They had nowhere to go and with bear tracks extending into the lake, it was clear the trout were likely providing an easy snack for a lot of critters. The wildness of the Pasayten is unparalleled in Washington and when you step inside its boundaries, it’s a place without time. It was sobering to see the charred landscape. The Pasayten Wilderness is one of the most remote places in washington, so that seemed to fit the bill. 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