Rat Trap Pass

Darrington, Washington

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This little pass bridges the gap between the Crystal Creek valley to the south and the Straight Creek valley to the north. This area won’t be looked at twice by wilderness seekers in summer months, but when blanketed in snow, the narrow logging roads and gentle slopes are magically transformed into a pristine wilderness. Come summer, the area is a bleak little saddle scarred by clearcuts and a narrow dusty road. But dump several feet of snow on the pass to mask the ugly logging scars, and Rat Trap Pass becomes a stunning little alpine world. High, rocky cliffs cradle snow-filled meadows and picturesque groves of juvenile fir and hemlock.
Snowshoe Routes: Washington

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Snowshoe Routes: Washington

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

This little pass bridges the gap between the Crystal Creek valley to the south and the Straight Creek valley to the north. This area won’t be looked at twice by wilderness seekers in summer months, but when blanketed in snow, the narrow logging roads and gentle slopes are magically transformed into a pristine wilderness.

Come summer, the area is a bleak little saddle scarred by clearcuts and a narrow dusty road. But dump several feet of snow on the pass to mask the ugly logging scars, and Rat Trap Pass becomes a stunning little alpine world. High, rocky cliffs cradle snow-filled meadows and picturesque groves of juvenile fir and hemlock.

© 2015 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Darrington
Distance: 7.5
Elevation Gain: 1,900 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 6 hours
Season: December through February
Local Contacts: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails: Sloan Peak No. 111
Driving Directions: Directions to Rat Trap Pass

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Apr 2018