Paddy-Go-Easy Pass Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Chelan County and Kittitas County, Washington. It is within Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 3,385 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,101 feet. The Paddy-Go-Easy Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. The trail ends near the Paddy-Go-Easy Pass saddle.
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"Starting in valley-bottom meadows, you’ll enjoy open country start to ?nish. Oh, you’ll dip into stands of trees now and again, but for the most part you’ll be surrounded by wild?owers, alpine grasses, and low bushes. That low-growing vegetation means there’s nothing but the distant mountains to prevent your views from stretching to the far horizon. And as you climb, the views get longer and longer. By the time you reach the pass you’ll be peering out over the expanse of the Cle Elum River valley and, on the other side of the ridge, to the Wenatchee Mountains, within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness."
--Dan A. Nelson, Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region (The Mountaineers Books).
"Paddy-Go-Easy Pass is a low point on the ridge of the Wenatchee Mountains, a major subrange of the Cascade Range in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The name is said to come from a miner who had a burro named Paddy; at rough spots, the miner warned the animal to “go easy.”
The Paddy-Go-Easy peaks are the series of high points on the ridge going southeast through Paddy-Go-Easy Pass, paralleling the Cle Elum River. The forest is open, and near the valley bottom you can find wildflowers and grasses in the spring. When you reach the ridge, you will look over the broad Cle Elum River valley to the west and to the Wenatchee Mountains to the east. Because the peaks are roughly in a row, the trip is best with a car shuttle, leaving one car about 2 miles away from the start."
--Peggy Goldman, Washington Scrambles - 2nd Edition (The Mountaineers Books).
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