Tamarack Peak

Mazama, Washington

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This hike follows a section of the Pacific Crest Trail across ridgetop meadows. A sea of barren peaks stretches to the far horizons, and brilliant constellations of mountain wildflowers border the trail. The trek begins with a moderate climb through the alpine meadows on the shoulder of Slate Peak. The summit of the peak is visible ahead, crowned with a fire lookout tower. During the Cold War, the top of the peak was razed and flattened to make space for a radar installation; when the new fire lookout was built on the site, it was built so that the floor of the cabin was at the altitude of the original summit.

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"This hike follows a section of the Pacific Crest Trail across ridgetop meadows. A sea of barren peaks stretches to the far horizons, and brilliant constellations of mountain wildflowers border the trail. The trek begins with a moderate climb through the alpine meadows on the shoulder of Slate Peak.

The summit of the peak is visible ahead, crowned with a fire lookout tower. During the Cold War, the top of the peak was razed and flattened to make space for a radar installation; when the new fire lookout was built on the site, it was built so that the floor of the cabin was at the altitude of the original summit."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mazama
Distance: 8.2
Elevation Gain: 640 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5.5
Season: Summer to Fall
Local Contacts: Okanogan National Forest, Pass required for most trails
Local Maps: USFS Pasayten Wilderness; USGS Slate Peak, USGS Pasayten Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Tamarack Peak

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May 2018