Headlee Pass and Vesper Lake Trail

Silverton, Washington

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Huff and puff up a grueling old miners trail. Brave crashing creek crossings and a steep open hillside choked in jungle greenery before making an Achilles-aching ascent to Headlee Pass, an inconspicuous gap between towering and rocky Morning Star and Sperry peaks. From this portal to past riches, follow a scant path across jumbled talus to beautiful Vesper Lake, sparkling beneath the granite-graced slopes of Vesper Peak. Once the domain of hardscrabble prospectors, Vesper Lake now pays scenic dividends to tenacious trekkers.
Day Hiking: North Cascades

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Day Hiking: North Cascades

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Huff and puff up a grueling old miners trail. Brave crashing creek crossings and a steep open hillside choked in jungle greenery before making an Achilles-aching ascent to Headlee Pass, an inconspicuous gap between towering and rocky Morning Star and Sperry peaks.

From this portal to past riches, follow a scant path across jumbled talus to beautiful Vesper Lake, sparkling beneath the granite-graced slopes of Vesper Peak. Once the domain of hardscrabble prospectors, Vesper Lake now pays scenic dividends to tenacious trekkers.

©  Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Silverton
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 2,600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Mid-July– Oct
Trailhead Elevation: 2,350 feet
Top Elevation: 4,950 feet
Local Contacts: Mount Baker– Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District, or Verlot Public Service Center
Local Maps: Green Trails Silverton No. 110, Sloan Peak No. 111
Driving Directions: Directions to Headlee Pass and Vesper Lake Trail

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Apr 2018