Trout Creek Divide

Mazama, Washington

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This segment of the Pacific Crest Trail follows the high ridgetops southward from Harts Pass, yielding excellent views before it drops toward Glacier Pass. It then follows Brush Creek to the West Fork of the Methow River. The low divide known informally as “Grasshopper Pass” lies just across the valley from Azurite Peak, and its larch-studded meadows make an ideal destination for day hikers. The trail begins above the old Brown Bear Mine, ascending moderately across a steep and rocky bowl. Marmots, pikas, and golden-mantled ground squirrels are abundant here, and a few subalpine larches rise from rocky moorings at the edge of the talus. The prominent massif to the east is Robinson Mountain. The upthrust strata of a rocky peak rise ahead, and the trail rises to surmount the ridgetop to the east of its summit.
Best Easy Day Hikes: North Cascades

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Best Easy Day Hikes: North Cascades

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

This segment of the Pacific Crest Trail follows the high ridgetops southward from Harts Pass, yielding excellent views before it drops toward Glacier Pass. It then follows Brush Creek to the West Fork of the Methow River. The low divide known informally as “Grasshopper Pass” lies just across the valley from Azurite Peak, and its larch-studded meadows make an ideal destination for day hikers.

The trail begins above the old Brown Bear Mine, ascending moderately across a steep and rocky bowl. Marmots, pikas, and golden-mantled ground squirrels are abundant here, and a few subalpine larches rise from rocky moorings at the edge of the talus. The prominent massif to the east is Robinson Mountain. The upthrust strata of a rocky peak rise ahead, and the trail rises to surmount the ridgetop to the east of its summit.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mazama
Distance: 8.8
Elevation Gain: 905 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
Driving Directions: Directions to Trout Creek Divide

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May 2018