Day and Section Hikes Pacific Crest Trail Washington  by Adrienne Schaefer

Day & Section Hikes Pacific Crest Trail: Washington

by Adrienne Schaefer (Wilderness Press)
Day and Section Hikes Pacific Crest Trail Washington  by Adrienne Schaefer
This book will inspire you to discover a side of Washington you may have never seen, whether you’ve lived here your whole life or are just passing through. Hike with open eyes and your journey through this beautifully diverse state will bring you much fulfillment.

© 2010 Adrienne Schaefer/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "Day & Section Hikes Pacific Crest Trail: Washington" Guide Book
30 Trail Guides

A four-hour scenic boat ride up Lake Chelan to the small mountain town of Stehekin and an 11-mile bus ride that conveniently stops at the Stehekin Bakery eventually brings you to the trailhead. From there, the trail takes off up a long, remote valley to stunning high country and endless opportunities for exploration. Best of all, you can do this as a thru-hike by exiting through Railroad Creek to the Lutheran-based community of Holden Village, where you’ll find showers and accommodation. Another 10-mile shuttle (or hike, if you’re feeling really ambitious) brings you back to Lake Chelan.
Stehekin, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 38
This loop hike explores the amazing subalpine terrain just north of Crystal Mountain Ski Area. While your jaunt on the PCT is a mere mile, the surrounding terrain is stunning. Make sure to bring plenty of water: Sources are limited and the trail can be hot and dry on a midsummer day.
Crystal Mountain, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 12.5
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This leg of the PCT is part of a reroute created in 2003 after floods devastated Glacier Peak Wilderness, taking out roads, bridges, and trails, including large sections of the PCT. Estimates vary as to when and if the original route will be fixed, but until then, I’m sure PCT thru-hikers will be anything but disappointed with this beautiful stretch through Buck Creek.
Wenatchee, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 19
One word of caution about this hike: bugs! While alpine lakes are the perfect place for us humans to hang out, the swampy marshlands and stagnant ponds that surround them provide the ideal environment for mosquitoes and other biting insects. If you can find the time in late summer or fall, save this hike for the off-season. Otherwise, make sure you bring plenty of mosquito netting and consider doing the loop in a moderately long day. There are two ways to begin this hike. The first option is to take off from the PCT trailhead, which is 0.5 miles northeast of White Pass on the north side of Highway 12. This trailhead is very popular with equestrians and can be packed on the weekend. A somewhat quieter option is to start from Dog Lake Campground, another 1.5 miles east past the turnoff for the PCT, on the north side of the road. There is only enough room for four vehicles, so if the parking spaces are taken, you might find yourself backtracking to the PCT trailhead.
White Pass, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 16
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The scenery is breathtaking, the trails are quiet, and the hiking options are endless. Make sure you bring a map. Even the most experienced hikers are bound to make a wrong turn at one of the many junctions without one. From the pullout on FR 410, head toward Bullion Basin Trail 1156 and take note of Silver Creek Trail 1192, your exit route on your right. The trail heading toward Bullion Basin is steep and dusty for the first 0.25 miles—a sign of the horsepackers who frequent this section—and crosses the road a couple of times before arriving at a clearing that looks out toward the ski area.
Crystal Mountain, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 7
If you’re like me, spring in the Pacific Northwest can be an antsy time of year. While you patiently wait for the upper-elevation hikes to melt out, consider burning some energy with an early-season leg burner to the top of Bunker Hill. This steady climb gains 1,200 feet in less than 1.5 miles along a series of switchbacks that zigzag their way up the hillside. Views from the top are limited, but the feeling of accomplishment makes it worth the effort.
Longview, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.6
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Give yourself a few days to explore this amazing area. Plenty of trail systems allow you to access cool routes that can be hiked as extended backpacking loops or as out-and-back day hikes from camp. The route described here ascends Cady Ridge to the PCT and heads north to Kodak Peak, where there are numerous hiking options once you ascend a bit. The many other trails referenced along the way will help you plan an unforgettable trip.
Wenatchee, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 18
This loop hike can be done in one somewhat strenuous day—but this is one of my favorite sections in Alpine Lakes Wilderness and rushing through it would be regrettable. There are multiple backpacking options, including a couple of lakes that are great for novices or families wanting to bring along the kids.
Roslyn, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 14.5
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The lakes are amazing, and the solitude is worth every switchback. To get the most out of your trip, give yourself time to explore the high country surrounding this truly magical place.
Scenic, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 22
This is one of the more spectacular hikes in the Snoqualmie Pass area. Proximity to Seattle makes it an ideal destination if you want to slip away for a day or just a long afternoon. This trail has lots to engage children’s interest and plenty of convenient turnaround spots if they get tired. Be aware that the last 0.25 miles (from the ridge crest) is somewhat exposed.
Snoqualmie Pass, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 10
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Unlike most hikes in the North Cascades, this one begins with a warm-up. The trail is mostly flat for the first 0.25 miles as it travels north through a forest thick with fir, hemlock, and spruce. You hike a few long, leisurely switchbacks before the trail levels out. At the 1-mile mark a rock offers a place to sit and enjoy excellent views to the southwest toward Corteo Peak. Views open to the west as well, but the trail soon reenters the forest, obscuring the vista.
Winthrop, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 10
The trails leaving from Chinook Pass are usually packed with people on the weekends. An awe-inspiring drive, easy access to spectacular alpine scenery, and an entrance point to Mount Rainier National Park are the main draws, rain or shine. Do not be discouraged by the crowds; there is enough amazing terrain for everyone to enjoy. From the parking lot, head south to the trailhead, which is marked by a large interpretive sign that discusses the various trails in the area. Pick up the PCT just beyond this point and continue south 0.3 miles until you reach a junction. This hike can be done in either direction; however, we recommend starting out on the PCT for the grand views of Mount Rainier toward the end of the hike and good vistas of Dewey Lake before you descend to its shores.
Greenwater, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 8
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Although not the most aesthetic hike that runs along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in Washington, it is one of the first to melt out in the spring and its proximity to Portland and Vancouver makes it an easy half-day getaway. This trail is also the access point for Table Mountain, one of the more prominent features on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge.
Stevenson, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
This hike’s great features should convince you to plan to spend your next vacation in the Methow Valley. For starters, the drive to the trailhead takes you by the Mazama Store, one of my favorite places to stop for a coffee and a berry scone. The Forest Service road is enough beauty for most people, as it steadily climbs through alpine terrain to an elevation of 6,400 feet. Everything beyond the trailhead feels like a bonus as you hike in awe of the grand views surrounding you. The best time to hike it is in fall, when the larches turn a bright, golden yellow. Regardless of when you go, make sure to check the weather before you head out. The trail travels above tree line and offers minimal (if any) protection from nasty weather.
Mazama, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 11
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This trail gets your heart pumping from the beginning with a steep, dusty climb through an old clear-cut before entering the cool shade of the forest. Douglas fir, hemlock, and a few old cedars keep you company as you steadily make your way up the valley. In 0.25 miles the trail crosses a small footbridge in a large patch of huckleberry bushes. If you are here in late July or August, make sure to leave time to collect a mid-morning snack or an afternoon treat. Once you have had your fair share of berry goodness, continue your ascent through the woods. At 0.5 miles a 15- to 20-foot cliff-band intersects the trail. A short, but precarious path branches off from here, providing a view into a mini-gorge through which Tunnel Creek bubbles; however, the view from the main trail is just as impressive.
Skykomish, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
At 12,276 feet, Mount Adams is the second-highest mountain in Washington and the third-highest in the Cascade Range. Yet most Northwesterners have never even been to this amazing wilderness area. Mount Adams is easily overshadowed by its popular neighbors, Mount Rainier National Park and Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. If you want to escape the crowds on a long weekend, check out this often-overlooked Washington gem.
Trout Lake, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 10
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This route’s versatility makes it a great option if weather, time, or hiking partners change. A car shuttle is required for the approach I describe; however, you can hike out-and-back from the Stevens Pass or Smithbrook trailheads.
Leavenworth, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.5
When thinking of Mount Rainier National Park, most people simply envision the mountain, with its broken glaciers and rugged volcanic outcroppings. While the dramatic images are impressive, the park has a softer side that usually goes unnoticed. This is your chance to experience a place where mist rises from calm, clear lakes that lie in thick, old-growth forests; brightly colored dragonflies dance on the water’s edge; and bull elk can be heard bugling during the rutting season on a crisp fall afternoon.
Packwood, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 20
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Panoramic views, wide-open fields, and a chance to stand on top of something are usually among my requirements for a good hike. So, when I stumbled across the Indian Heaven Wilderness, I have to admit I was skeptical; how interesting could a series of lakes through the woods really be? But this impressive scenery will keep the most extreme of alpine enthusiasts mesmerized. This hike is best done late summer or early fall, when the berries are ripe, the fields are bursting with color, and the mosquitoes are minimal.
Trout Lake, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 12.5
This section of trail is part of the PCT reroute created in 2003 after sections of the PCT were destroyed by severe flooding. This stretch is now considered one of the hardest because of the steep, rugged terrain and an unavoidable river crossing. A number of PCT hikers bypass this section and, unfortunately, miss out on some the most breathtaking scenery the PCT has to offer. Don’t be intimidated: Take your time and know that the views into the Napeequa Valley are more than worth the effort. It is best to do this hike at the end of season, when the water levels are low and you feel strong after conditioning yourself all summer.
Leavenworth, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 10
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Feb 2019