Sheep Lake and Sourdough Gap via Pacific Crest Trail

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Sheep Lake and Sourdough Gap via Pacific Crest Trail

Sheep Lake and Sourdough Gap via Pacific Crest Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The Pacific Crest Trail to Sheep Lake is better known to backpackers than to wildflower enthusiasts, but this stretch of the PCT is gentle, scenic, and only a short distance from Chinook Pass. This trail provides a good introduction to the flowers of Mount Rainier.

Late July through early August is generally the best time to experience the floral displays, but if you hike later in the season you will also find ripening blueberries and plenty of flowers still in bloom. The combination of berries, late summer flowers, meadows, and views of Mount Rainier make this a hike to remember. Sheep Lake is also an ideal destination for beginning backpackers or families with small children. Because the lake is not in Mount Rainier National Park, camping is allowed on a first-come, first-served basis, though solitude may be hard to come by."

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Trail Information

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Nearby City
6
Distance
1,300 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Hikable: July through October, Best flowers: July through August
Season
Naches Ranger District
Local Contacts
Green Trails Nos. 270 Mount Rainier East and 271 Bumping Lake
Local Maps