Pacific Crest Trail - Henry M Jackson Wilderness Backpacking

Skykomish, Washington

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The scenery here isn’t as grandly rugged as along other sections, but the route visits several sparkling lakes, has many excellent viewpoints, and, most notably, goes through lots of glorious meadows. There are several ups and downs, but they are never very long or terribly steep. In addition, both ends of the trip are reached by good roads, and the car-shuttle distance between them is reasonable. The trail north from Stevens Pass starts as a very gradual downhill on an old railroad grade. The route is rather brushy but easy to hike as you cross the slopes above Stevens Creek opposite the highway. The trail rounds a ridge, becomes a true footpath, and travels a few hundred feet above some buildings to the right. Before long you cross a small creek, where you’ll find a fair camp.
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Backpacking Washington

by Douglas Lorain (Wilderness Press)

The scenery here isn’t as grandly rugged as along other sections, but the route visits several sparkling lakes, has many excellent viewpoints, and, most notably, goes through lots of glorious meadows. There are several ups and downs, but they are never very long or terribly steep. In addition, both ends of the trip are reached by good roads, and the car-shuttle distance between them is reasonable.

The trail north from Stevens Pass starts as a very gradual
downhill on an old railroad grade. The route is rather brushy but easy to hike as you cross the slopes above Stevens Creek opposite the highway. The trail rounds a ridge, becomes a true footpath, and travels a few hundred feet above some buildings to the right. Before long you cross a small creek, where you’ll find a fair camp.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Skykomish
Distance: 53
Elevation Gain: 8,600 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4-5 days
Season: Usually open July to October; best mid-July to mid-August
Trailhead Elevation: 4,050 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Lake Wenatchee Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails - Benchmark Mountain (#144) & Glacier Peak (#112)
Driving Directions: Directions to Pacific Crest Trail - Henry M. Jackson Wilderness (Backpacking)

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Apr 2018