Western Pasyten - Ross Lake Loop Backpacking

Diablo, Washington

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The vastness of the Pasayten Wilderness is enough to make lovers of true wilderness jump for joy. Stretching over 50 miles east to west, and fully 20 miles north to south, this sanctuary is one of the largest designated wilderness areas in the United States. Many long trails, most only lightly used, explore this backcountry, and although the scenery is more subdued than the rugged peaks to the west, the solitude and flowers are ample reward for the long miles. The trails connect to form huge loop trips, all major backpacking adventures. The western Pasayten loop is arguably the best in the entire wilderness, and provides a glorious sampling of what this wilderness has to offer.
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Backpacking Washington

by Douglas Lorain (Wilderness Press)

The vastness of the Pasayten Wilderness is enough to make lovers of true wilderness jump for joy. Stretching over 50 miles east to west, and fully 20 miles north to south, this sanctuary is one of the largest designated wilderness areas in the United States.

Many long trails, most only lightly used, explore this backcountry, and although the scenery is more subdued than the rugged peaks to the west, the solitude and flowers are ample reward for the long miles. The trails connect to form huge loop trips, all major backpacking adventures. The western Pasayten loop is arguably the best in the entire wilderness, and provides a glorious sampling of what this wilderness has to offer.

©  Douglas Lorain/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Diablo
Distance: 81
Elevation Gain: 17,500 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 7-11 days
Season: Usually open mid-July to October; best early to mid-August
Trailhead Elevation: 1,700 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Methow Valley Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails - Ross Lake (#16), Jack Mountain (#17), Pasyten Peak (#18), & Mount Logan (#49)
Driving Directions: Directions to Western Pasyten - Ross Lake Loop (Backpacking)

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