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    Bullion Basin Trail

    Pierce County, Washington
    Elevation Gain1,791ft
    Trailhead Elevation4,383ft
    Elevation Min/Max4383/6136ft
    Elevation Start/End4383/4383ft

    Bullion Basin Trail

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    Bellevue, WA
    Explorer | 40 pts
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    A last trip for the summer. Ran out there Saturday morning for a one night stay. LOTS of people doing the Naches Trail Loop so the first mile or two is littered with people, dogs and kids. Then you break off from the trail, fill out the permit and start decending down to Dewey Lake. Fewer kids but still a fair number of people. If you're watching you can see Rainier on the first cutback down to Dewey Lake. After Dewey Lake there's few people on the PCT. We passed two groups on the way. The trail is a little exposed at some points, we were pretty hot but then it switches over to the west side of the ridge and into trees. Just after the switch you get views of Rainier again. When American Ridge Trail breaks from the PCT you're almost there. Another mile or so and you burst out into American Lake. Beautiful lake and surrounding area. We set up camp on the North East corner and spent the night before hiking back Sunday. Those two groups we passed on the way in ended up at the lake also. We all spread out and rarely heard one another. We could hear the elk all night though!
    Everett, WA
    Explorer | 50 pts
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    Spectacular on a clear day. Bullion Basin is the ridge opposite the ridge of the Crystal Mtn slopes. From the peak(6200')of the basin you look across at the ski slopes and resort peaks which appear to be below you and there, standing out above and behind the Crystal Mtn. Ridge is Mt. Rainier! Awsome! To your left is a clear view of Mt. Adams and Chinook Pass in the valley below. It is definitely worth the last 500' of elevation to see this sight. From 4400' to 6200' it is a wonderful snowshoe hike RT. Roughly 2hours up and 1hour down. I can't wait to see it in the summer! Ralph Reitan

    Trail Information

    Pierce County
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    Skill Level
    Mount Baker—Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District, Enumclaw Office
    Local Contacts
    Green Trails: Bumping Lake No. 271
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