Bullion Basin

Chinook Pass, Washington

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The trail leads through steep, flower-filled alpine meadows, over narrow ridge spines, and under shady forest canopies. Views sweep over the dry pine valleys of the eastern Cascades, the glacier-covered summit of Mount Rainier, and the craggy peaks of the central William O. Douglas Wilderness to the south. Best of all, despite the modest level of difficulty (not too long, nor too steep), the trail isn’t heavily used, so it’s possible to find a quiet place for a peaceful lunch high on the ridge.
Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

The trail leads through steep, flower-filled alpine meadows, over narrow ridge spines, and under shady forest canopies. Views sweep over the dry pine valleys of the eastern Cascades, the glacier-covered summit of Mount Rainier, and the craggy peaks of the central William O. Douglas Wilderness to the south.

Best of all, despite the modest level of difficulty (not too long, nor too steep), the trail isn’t heavily used, so it’s possible to find a quiet place for a peaceful lunch high on the ridge.

© 2010 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Chinook Pass
Distance: 7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Mid-July through October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Rainier National Park
Local Maps: Green Trails Bumping Lake No. 271
Driving Directions: Directions to Bullion Basin

Recent Trail Reviews

9/26/2009
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A last trip for the summer. Ran out there Saturday morning for a one night stay. LOTS of people doing the Naches Trail Loop so the first mile or two is littered with people, dogs and kids. Then you break off from the trail, fill out the permit and start decending down to Dewey Lake. Fewer kids but still a fair number of people. If you're watching you can see Rainier on the first cutback down to Dewey Lake. After Dewey Lake there's few people on the PCT. We passed two groups on the way. The trail is a little exposed at some points, we were pretty hot but then it switches over to the west side of the ridge and into trees. Just after the switch you get views of Rainier again. When American Ridge Trail breaks from the PCT you're almost there. Another mile or so and you burst out into American Lake. Beautiful lake and surrounding area. We set up camp on the North East corner and spent the night before hiking back Sunday. Those two groups we passed on the way in ended up at the lake also. We all spread out and rarely heard one another. We could hear the elk all night though!



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