Walupt Creek Loop Trail

Packwood, Washington

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More a triangle than a loop, this route offers breathtaking views from the summit of Nannie Peak—just as you might expect from the site of a former fire lookout tower. There’s more than views to this hike, though. You’ll find wonderful wildflower meadows along the crest of Nannie Ridge a clear, cold swimming experience in Sheep Lake, a walk along the spine of the Cascades on the Pacific Crest Trail, and a cool forest hike in the Walupt Creek valley. The trail is short and gentle enough to enjoy as a long day hike, but the fine (though few) campsites at Sheep Lake, with their astounding views of Mount Adams (especially at sunset, when the alpenglow has the snowy peak of Adams aflame with orange light), can be too tempting to pass up, as many backpackers can attest.
Day Hiking: South Cascades

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Day Hiking: South Cascades

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

More a triangle than a loop, this route offers breathtaking views from the summit of Nannie Peak—just as you might expect from the site of a former fire lookout tower. There’s more than views to this hike, though. You’ll find wonderful wildflower meadows along the crest of Nannie Ridge a clear, cold swimming experience in Sheep Lake, a walk along the spine of the Cascades on the Pacific Crest Trail, and a cool forest hike in the Walupt Creek valley.

The trail is short and gentle enough to enjoy as a long day hike, but the fine (though few) campsites at Sheep Lake, with their astounding views of Mount Adams (especially at sunset, when the alpenglow has the snowy peak of Adams aflame with orange light), can be too tempting to pass up, as many backpackers can attest.

© 2007 Dan A. Nelson /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Packwood
Distance: 12
Elevation Gain: 1,800 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: July-October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,000 feet
Top Elevation: 5,800 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: USFS Cowlitz Valley Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 335 Walupt Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Walupt Creek Loop Trail

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