Eastern Pasayten Loop Backpacking

Winthrop, Washington 98862

Eastern Pasayten Loop Backpacking

Eastern Pasayten Loop (Backpacking) Professional Review and Guide

"Arctic tundra isn’t an ecosystem normally associated with the lower 48 states. The Pasayten Wilderness, however, hides large expanses of this unusual terrain, and you don’t have to go all the way to Alaska to see it. In mid-July these rolling meadowlands support such a wealth of tiny flowers that botanists and photographers can stay happy here for weeks.

In addition to tundra, this magnificent loop visits pleasant forests, fine viewpoints, and spectacular cirque lakes nestled beneath rugged granite peaks. Although a few places along the way will probably have some people, nowhere is it crowded, and for much of the way you’ll probably enjoy perfect solitude. This is especially true in the fall, when not only the people are gone but so are the bugs."

Eastern Pasayten Loop (Backpacking) Reviews

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We hiked from Billy Goat trail head to the Hidden Lakes region over 8-mile Pass and Lucky Pass. Lucky Pass is challenging with a 67 lb. pack! The trail is in great shape. We took a side trip down to the Lost River. The side trail is somewhat hidden, but can be found south of the Drake Creek campsite. It is marked with a cairn, but has a log lain across it camofloging it if you are not looking for it. The trail information from this site was very helpful and accurate.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
10,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
5-7 days
Usually open late June to mid-October; best mid-July / late September to early October
3,600 feet
Trailhead Elevation
Top Elevation
Winthrop Ranger District
Local Contacts
Green Trails - Coleman Peak (#20) & Horseshoe Basin (#21)
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018