Without hesitation Laurel and I climbed down the rocky slope to get a closer look. I’d look closer and see plants regrowing and wildlife thriving. Cascades as you traverse through alpine meadows. I was immensely relaxed, rejuvenated, and inspired by the wilderness around me. The reality? Once at Eightmile Pass, the trail descends 1,000 feet in the next 2 miles down to Drake Creek. I’d be enjoying soggy shoes for the rest of the night. The Pasayten Wilderness is simply an outstanding playground filled with wild flowers, streams, cliff faces, wildlife, meadows, and views til the eye can see. This entry was posted in Backpacking, Pasayten Wilderness, Trip Reports on August 26, 2008 by brett. This magical land of wildness continually begs me to see more. I was ready for a relaxing evening at camp! For most people in Washington, the Pasayten Wilderness, nestled between North Cascades National Park on the west and Canada on the north, is just out of reach for a day hike. We headed back to the trail and continued on, finally reaching the historic cabins between First and Middle Hidden Lakes at Stub Creek, which were wrapped and saved from the fire. Wander through meadows full of lupine, Indian paintbrush, yellow aster, and many other wildflowers, or visit in autumn to hike among golden larches. The Pasaytan skirts Canada'a border and includes beautiful open country with views of rolling meadows and surrounding peaks. Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The lake was low and completely cut off. From 3-day weekend out-and-backs to challenging week-long loops, the trips below will get you inspired to grab a map, and begin charting your own Pasayten adventures. Despite rheumatoid arthritis, I'm a peakbagger, backpacker, biker, paddler, and skier. The trail to begin with was pretty flat for about a mile and then begins to ascend higher and higher making for a bit of a workout. Once we turned our focus to the actual lake, we noticed a huge school of trout, floundering and trapped in the small receding pool of water left. “Huh?” I responded, convinced my ears were playing tricks on me. The wildness of the Pasayten is unparalleled in Washington and when you step inside its boundaries, it’s a place without time. Lieferzeiten für andere Länder und Informationen zur Berechnung des Liefertermins siehe hier: Liefer- und Zahlungsbedingungen The Pasayten Wilderness is one of the largest wildernesses in the state of Washington and one of the largest in the contiguous United States. Instead, there was only one other car, a forest service vehicle, and a mule train at the lower trailhead. Hike 10 easy miles along the river, then make the climb to 6,870-ft Remmel Lake and many camps. Horse trailers and larger or low-clearance vehicles park at the lower trailhead but most cars should be able to make it all the way to the end. NorthwestWanderer Member. Despite the scars, it was breathtakingly beautiful. Laurel works full time with Conservation Northwest specializing in Conservation Restoration Ecology. Getting to the Billy Goat trailhead is a small adventure in and of itself and takes roughly an hour from Winthrop. Set up camp, and spend a week scrambling up a half dozen surrounding gentle lofty peaks. Laurel and I reached the east bank of Cougar Lake just as darkness fell and switched on our headlamps to scope out a camp site. Even the elusive grizzly may roam here. It covers ____ acres in North-Central Washington. It’s a backpacking favorite and a terrific introduction to the Pasayten. The Boundary Trail section of the PNT in Horseshoe Basin, Pasayten Wilderness. Matthew flew in from California for the weekend and our goal was to maximize time in the wilderness but minimize driving time. Continue to Sunny Pass at … We watched giddily as he made laps all over the lake, slapping his tail as he went. I’ve always believed that the more you look, the more you see. Thread starter NorthwestWanderer; Start date Aug 1, 2019; Don't like ads? Start your trip at the Billy Goat Trailhead and hike 7.3 miles to a campsite along Larch Creek, crossing through Billy Goat Pass, Three Fools Pass, and over Diamond Creek. The views are even bigger now that the trees have sadly been burned into matchsticks. This trail is exceptionally beautiful and travels through the Pasayten Wilderness Area. Right along the trail were two enormous horse camps with not only unburned, stable trees, but also lots of rocks and logs for lounging. The Hidden Lakes and Billy Goat area of the Pasayten had been on my radar for many years, but I hadn’t planned to get there on this particular trip. At the very end of August, I spent 6 days backpacking over 80 miles inside the Pasayten, first completing a stunning solo backpack loop around Devil’s Dome on its west side, then joining up with a friend to explore around the Hidden Lakes of the central Pasayten. A backpacking trip there left me in awe of its landscape, solitude, and wildness. Eventually the trail all but disappeared and we picked the path of least resistance through the trees and debris, at last arriving at the shore of Big Hidden Lake, which stretched gorgeously far into the distance. A previously burned area along the Billy Goat Trail. Located in the Pasayten Wilderness and surrounded by Amphitheater Mountain and Cathedral Peak, Cathedral Lakes are a great destination for a multi-day backpacking trip. Depending on the time of year the meadow could be filled with lupine and Indian paintbrush as wells several other species of wildflowers. There was no sign of any of the intersecting trails leading up Stub Creek or to Tatoosh Buttes. And unlike sections farther south, where extreme vertical topography pushes the path off the crest, the PCT stays high here, riding the Pasayten's broader ridges and open meadows. The last mile to the trailhead turns a bit rougher and narrow. Most of the forested slopes were burnt to a crisp, but pockets of green trees remained here and there. Make your next purchase through my affiliate links below at no cost to you. Middle Hidden turned up even more critters that included coyote, otter, and possibly even mink. Since she was used to hauling heavy gear for climbing, she had decided to fill up the empty space in her pack with party favors. With 150 miles between resupply points, the Pacific Northwest Trail offers an immersive wilderness experience within the 531,000-acre Pasayten Wilderness. Hike five miles east in mostly open terrain to Tungsten Mine, then close the loop by hiking six miles down the Tungsten Trail, then finish back down the Chewuch River. After Lucky Pass, the trail has a few small rollers before making a big descent 1,500′ over the next 3.5 miles to Diamond Creek, just past the 9 mile mark. The Pasayten Wilderness is one of the most remote places in washington, so that seemed to fit the bill. Hike four miles among wildflowers to 7,500-foot McCall Gulch, the highpoint of the trail. In northern Washington state, the Pasayten Wilderness stands out. Nearer Cougar Lake, the appropriately named Lost River disappears underground and is replaced by a spectacularly green marsh. The trail was in good condition all the way but after the cabins, it was a maze of fallen trees. I couldn’t believe it! On these pages you will find accounts of the adventures of Pasayten, Gnome and friends as they backpack into some beautiful backcountry locations. It’s clear there used to be scattered campsites and horse camps between the trailhead and Drake Creek, but most are now blackened and surrounded by scorched, unstable snags. And humbling. Distance: 7.3 miles | Elevation Gain: 1,270′. Toasted by a 2003 wildfire that left only a few fir islands in its wake, this corner of the Pasayten Wilderness is recovering nicely, with pioneering penstemon, paintbrush, fireweed and clematis clambering among the avalanche-deposited boulders littering the Lake Creek drainage. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain. 12 Replies. , Cotopaxi / Fire has opened up sweeping vistas previously hidden by forest and painted the landscape in a spectacular palette of deep earthy colors–reds, oranges, and browns. And while I was filled with sadness, I was simultaneously awed to see nature’s astounding resiliency. 1 Gilt für Lieferungen in folgendes Land: Deutschland. From 3-day weekend trips to week-long loops, our guide will get you inspired to grab a map, and begin charting a trip through Washington's remote and rugged Pasayten Wilderness. I had embarked on a weeklong backpacking trip with my friend Courtney, who has been hiking the Pasayten (pronounced “Pa-Satan”) almost every summer for 28 years. I choose to purchase my gear from companies who do good in the world. They had nowhere to go and with bear tracks extending into the lake, it was clear the trout were likely providing an easy snack for a lot of critters. Joined May 3, 2018 Messages 224. Prices quoted are within a 10 mile radius of the Stehekin Valley. This may be a bit of a "slog" but is definitely worth the extra effort. East Pasayten Loop Trip Report – Day 1. Living off-grid in my Airstream while I build a small sustainable home. I was happy to give my legs a break and since it was only 3 miles to the upper lake, we’d have all day to explore. Some fire erosion had caused a few narrow spots, which for hikers isn’t a problem, but I’d certainly be a bit nervous with stock. Patagonia Provisions / After sleuthing out and identifying all the tracks, Laurel discovered that the lake was somehow draining underground. After you've taken a swim in Quartz Lake or scrambled up 8,274-foot Sheep Mountain, return to Larch Creek for your final night in the Pasayten and hike out the next day. The Wilderness encompasses almost 150 peaks over 7,500 feet in elevation, 160 or more bodies of water, and at least as many waterways, some turbulent enough to have carved sharp canyons with sheer walls. Start high and stay high on this stunning section of the Pacific Crest Trail, crossing through Harts Pass, Windy Pass, and Holman Pass. From 3-day weekend trips to week-long loops, our guide will get you inspired to grab a map, and begin charting a trip through Washington's remote and rugged Pasayten Wilderness. Its 530,031 acres of wild land buttress the Canadian border. Bathtub at Tungsten Mine Pasayten Wilderness ©Andy Porter From the mine it was a relatively short and easy hike up to Apex Pass (7800 ft). After 16 miles, you'll be close to the confluence of the West and Middle Forks of the Pasayaten River. Even if I don’t see live animals, I see wildlife everywhere through their tracks. Solight Design / La Sportiva, Hudson and I wish everyone a Merry Christmas from, Finally took that rest day with a walk before the, Today’s rest day... ha! The Pasaytan skirts Canada'a border and includes beautiful open country with views of rolling meadows and surrounding peaks. Well, I tried to take a, I keep telling myself I’m gonna take a ski rest, Another day, another ski outing. During my recent four day backpacking trip in the Pasayten Wilderness with Brett, Tim and Bill we visited an old Tungsten mine on Wolframite Mountain. The route was first conceived by Ron Strickland in 1970. Outdoor Research / If done as a five-day trip, longest single day is 12 miles and 2,200 feet elevation. The trails aren’t hidden in brush as they sometimes are on the west side of the Cascade Range. But as I hiked, I wasn’t really thinking about my legs or how tired they were from these 80 miles in the Pasayten. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. Priceless! The unmistakable sound of a beaver! The Diamond Creek bridge was protected during the fire and is surprisingly still intact. At 1.5 mi cross Clutch Creek. Surviving the Pasayten Wilderness – A F-16 Pilot’s Backpack Trip Turns Educational “It was the worst day of my life. Photo: Richard Forbes . 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 The route began at Thirty Mile trailhead and went north along the Chewuch River. While fire is a very natural process in many wilderness areas, especially the Pasayten, the Diamond Creek Fire in 2017 was not natural. So much in nature goes completely unnoticed until you truly sit down, be still, watch, and listen. And every time I visit the Pasayten it opens all of my senses in a way no other place does. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. Make the easy trek to this 7,000-foot basin teeming with wildlife. If done as a five-day trip, longest single day is 12 miles and 2,200 feet elevation. After driving 9 miles north on the West Chewuch Road, you continue another 17 miles on Forest Road 5130, which branches off the Chewuch at the 8 Mile Sno-Park. Photo by trip reporter Wild Side. When we reached the south end of First Hidden Lake, we saw tons of animal tracks in the dried end of the lake bed, just like the west side of Cougar Lake. There wasn’t another soul around. ). MSR / Though we have lived in the valley for decades, there are many areas yet to explore. To see any green here was refreshing and we couldn’t help but stop and admire it. Pasayten Wilderness : SummitPost.org : Climbing, hiking, mountaineering. Continue 3.7 miles to Peeve Pass and allow yourself two nights to camp here, as there are many excellent day hike options nearby. We spent the evening sipping margaritas while hearing the eerie calls of loons from the lake. Distance: 65-70 miles, round trip. Nature will bear the closest inspection. My original plan was to meet my friend Laurel in Winthrop after completing Devils Dome, then head out for a 45 mile backpack through the Cathedral Pass area further east. Photo by trip reporter Nolan. Behind us was Many Trails Peak, towering over the landscape. The Pasayten Wilderness in Washington State spans 531,000 acres, skirts more than 50 miles of the Canadian border, and is one of the largest wilderness areas in the contiguous US. Join me as I share stories, photos, and more from the wilds of the PNW and beyond! The bridge at Drake Creek was burned out in the fire but the water was low enough that the crossing wasn’t difficult and only required a few acrobatic hops across some logs and rocks. Laurel and I spent our last day at Cougar Lake lazily, not really wanting to leave. I got caught a bit unprepared by weather on Devils Dome my last night and hiked out hours later than expected with completely soaked gear. I watched in amazement as Laurel pulled margarita mix, limes, tequila, guacamole, and fresh carrots from her pack. They’ve clearly been burned away. It might be a li, Washington State's 93 Remaining Fire Lookouts, Washington State Fire Lookouts Open for Overnight Stays, How to Get Started Backcountry Snowboarding (Or Skiing! Our backpacking trip took us to only a small part of the Pasayten — centered on Horseshoe Basin. We had originally planned to camp here for the night, but decided to push on a few more miles to Cougar Lake to see if we could score a safer and more private camp spot. Looking toward Windy Peak from Horseshoe Basin. Our home stomping grounds include the extensive backcountry surrounding the Methow Valley of Washington. Happy trails! Sign up below to receive email notifications of new trip reports, trail guides, historical sites, and more! It sounded like most of the trail had been logged out as far as First Hidden Lake, but beyond that we had no idea what we’d find. Aside from a couple we passed back near the historic cabins, Laurel and I had seen no one else all weekend. Reports had warned us about the heatwave, but we were confident we could withstand the solar wrath for a couple of days before we got into cooler higher-elevation terrain. Photo by trip reporter MazamaMike. Methow Valley Ranger District:  (509) 996-4003, Tonasket Ranger District:  (509) 486-2186, Buckskin Ridge - West Fork Pasayten River Loop. My newest adventure? Pasayten Wilderness encompasses 531,000 acres, skirting more than 50 miles of Canada's border and encompassing the crest of the Cascades. Aug 1, 2019 #1 Had an … You have the option of hiking or riding a horse up to camps of your choice. I’ll only say this about our 13 mile return hike: boy that climb from Diamond Creek all the way back up to Lucky Pass is a beast! Photo by LghtChsr_MtnLvr. We awoke to a freezing morning and took our breakfast, hot tea, and coffee up the trail to a sunny clearing along the lake. Views of surrounding peaks will keep you entranced. Back in September roads were in reasonable shape with only some light washboarding. Human-caused carelessness transformed nearly 40% of this beautiful wilderness into charred devastation that won’t ever be the same in our lifetime. As you head north on the high and wild Buckskin Ridge Trail, the vista filled with copper, gold and gunmetal peaks will pull you forward step by step. Available most of the summer in the Wenatchee National Forest; Sawtooth Area, North Cascades National Park and Recreation Area and Glacier Peak Wilderness. On this leg from Harts Pass to Canada's Manning Provincial Park (where thru-hikers exit the trail), you'll enjoy a vista-to-backpacker ratio that borders on the ludicrous. Every once in a while a nymph would take flight and stay low, making it to the safety of the trees along the shore and we would cheer. Remmel Lake in the Pasayten Wilderness. Instead, Laurel and I met for breakfast, then poured over maps while I dried my gear in the sun at Pearrgyin Lake State Park. We saw a spruce grouse in a tree next to the trail. The Pasayten Wilderness in Washington State spans 531,000 acres, skirts more than 50 miles of the Canadian border, and is one of the largest wilderness areas in the contiguous US. It wasn’t clear if the mules were coming or going, but we were surprised and delighted for this much solitude on a holiday weekend! Wildflowers are commonly encountered along the trail. Click here for more info. A backpacking trip there left me in awe of its landscape, solitude, and wildness. > Plan your trip using WTA's Hiking Guide. From the sound of it, there was a pretty healthy pika population living in the surrounding talus fields that had survived the fire just fine! Starting at Iron Gate TH to Armstrong Mountain 7/29 - 7/30 500px : https://500px.com/courterpnw Lacey 500px: https://500px.com/laceypnw After being so wet on Devils Dome I was a little annoyed and uncharacteristically grumpy, especially since I decided to forego my usual pair of extra camp shoes. Interestingly, Big Hidden Lake drains north to Canada while the rest of the lakes drain south to the Methow via Lost River. Since Laurel is a restoration guru, she was curious to see how the land was recovering and I was curious to see what the area looked like since the fire. July 19th, 2008 Leave a comment During my recent four day backpacking trip in the Pasayten Wilderness with Brett, Tim and Bill we visited an old Tungsten mine on Wolframite Mountain. There are beautiful views of the Lost River Valley and Lost Peak, Pass Butte, and Many Trails Peak dominate the landscape. Of course wouldn’t you know? When it was finally time to return to camp, we reluctantly gathered our gear, not really wanting to leave this magical place. I see all the different species that use the land, how they move and how they behave, and even more amazingly, how they all overlap. We took our breakfast to the sunny spot along the lake we visited the previous day and reveled in the solitude and beauty. Between 1970 and 1976, extensive fieldwork was performed by Strickland and others, including early supporters along the PNT corridor who lent extensive knowledge of local trail systems to the effort. I first travelled in the Pasayten as an impressionable 19-year old backpacker on the PCT in August of 1973. What I’ve loved most about getting involved with Conservation Northwest’s tracking program is that it really opens your eyes to the wilderness around you. The work that’s been done to clear the trail is impressive. At night, listen for the coyotes and count stars. Take in views of the Pasayten River Valley and the surrounding North Cascades as you traverse through alpine meadows. Bright purple fireweed stands starkly against dark blackened trees. Studying maps, I mapped out a loop through the eastern Pasayten wilderness to Upper Cathedral Lake.. The section we chose is nestled in Washington's Pasayten Wilderness, just on the other side of the Cascade Range’s rainshadow and east of North Cascades National Park. At the same time, beyond the scars, is beauty in the devastation. 12 miles in and barely a mile from camp and my shoes and pants were soaked through in no time. I left my telephoto lens at the trailhead. The area has been long storied for its beauty and trout fishing, but was severely impacted by the 128,000 acre Diamond Creek Fire in 2017. This lake bed was such a delightful surprise and in it we found the tracks of moose, deer, and a black bear. I may wear out my, Morning alpenglow on Gardner... so happy I still h, Hey, where’d my cattle dog go?! Photo by trip reporter D.Baxter. Ruffwear / Become a BCP Supporting Member and kiss them all goodbye. Spent 4 days and 3 nights exploring its wide array of terrain and expansive views. Matthew with some larches near Center Mountain. Spend a day — or a week — exploring the wonders of this alpine landscape. Washington Trails Association We started our adventure at the Iron Gate Trailhead. There were two big elevation gains, and no switchbacks. From the Billy Goat trailhead, the Hidden Lakes trail climbs roughly 700 feet over 2 miles along the eastside of the Eightmile Creek drainage with big views of Big Craggy and Eightmile Peak to the west. 67 miles. Spending extended time in a wilderness that has been forever changed by fire is visceral. Starting at a little under 7,000 feet in elevation and never dropping below 6,200 feet, your hike on Buckskin Ridge will provide miles of dramatic views. It’ll take generations to recover. We decided to access it via the Canyon Creek trailhead, since that was only a 2.5 hr drive away instead of Slate Pass, which is closer to 5 hours away. Pair Buckskin Ridge with the West Fork Pasayten River for a superb 32-mile loop through the Pasayaten Wilderness that starts and ends at Slate Pass. Length: 44.7 milesElevation Gain: 4000 feetHighest Point: 7800 ft. A tarn above upper Cathedral Lake. Explore multiple alpine lakes and mountain passes on a great backpacking loop for solitude seekers. The trail turned slightly brushy, and unfortunately, wet. Trail Name: Eastern Pasayten Loop. Photo by trip reporter Wilderness Lvr. The trail continues through burned forest until at 3.5 miles you break out into a large meadow. Its 530,031 acres of wild land buttress the Canadian border. Very exciting! There’s a small camping area right off the trail with easy access to water, but it’s surrounded by a lot of soot and burned, unstable trees. Overview More to come. We both found ourselves drawn to the Hidden Lakes area. www.backpacker-wilderness.com. Eric and Matthew, Oct 2-4. Oct 15, 2016 - Explore Holly Barnes's board "Pasayten Wilderness Washington" on Pinterest. The trailhead was Slate Pass at 6900 feet - nearly the highest altitude of the trip, within a few hundred feet. As you head north on the high and wild Buckskin Ridge Trail, the vista filled with copper, gold and gunmetal peaks will pull you forward step by step. Silver Lake. Continue six more miles to circle Amphitheater Mountain, passing upper Cathedral Lake to 7,600-ft Cathedral Pass. I met her through the volunteer work I do with Conservation Northwest’s Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project and I-90 Winter Snow Tracking, which she helps manage. Larch Pass Loop (Pasayten) A strenuous 52 mile backpack with approximately 7,000 feet of total elevation gain. We decided to keep our cozy camp at Cougar Lake and day hike to Big Hidden Lake with lighter packs. Earlier in the day we had heard some distance rumbles of thunder and now it was clear where it had rained. Untouched and undiscovered Pasayten Wilderness is Washington's well kept secrets. So far from the trailhead all the way to Cougar Lake, the trail had been in surprisingly good condition. See more ideas about wilderness, washington, pacific northwest trail. We didn’t arrive until midday on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend and fully expected a sea of cars. The morning light perfectly illuminated all of the little flying critters and we sat there for over an hour, watching this incredible dance of nature. Distance: 13.9 miles | Elevation Gain: 3,745′. Grand total over 6 days in the Pasayten: 76.2 miles | 19,035′Whew, no wonder my legs were tired! Backpacking to Pasayten Airstrip. It’s no secret to most who know me that the Pasayten Wilderness, which spans over 531,000 acres on Washington’s northeast border with Canada, is one of my favorite places to explore. Most of us are so consumed with getting from point A to point B and marveling at the big grand vistas when we’re outside that we miss all of these tiny, magical moments that truly make nature a gift. My body was literally shaking from the cold,” he said while we listened to the story around the campfire. The shortest route to get Cathedral Lakes (not coming from Canada) is roughly 19 miles. Being the wildlife geeks we are, Laurel and I started chatting out about what might be down there. The Pasayten Wilderness is one of the largest wildernesses in the state of Washington and one of the largest in the contiguous United States. We sat down, enjoying the amazing solitude, the huge views stretched out before us, and the unbelievable blue sky. The Pasayten Wilderness. I was still a bit soggy, cold, and grumpy and as we unpacked camp, Laurel asked, “would you like a margarita?”. The … Holed up under a fir tree at dusk, we had just finished forty-eight hours of evading in the rain. It just went up. I've spent over 20 years exploring the Washington State backcountry and in 2019 completed a project to visit and photograph all of Washington's last remaining fire lookouts. Note on water: Parts of the Pasayten can lack abundant water sources, so check conditions before you go, plan your sources carefully and file a trip report when you return. > Plan your trip using WTA's Hiking Guide, Length: 50 milesElevation Gain: 5000 feetHighest Point: 7500 feet. Distance: 13.8 miles | Elevation Gain: 3,150′. It’ll kick back a few cents to me that’ll buy my pup an extra post-adventure treat! Start at the 30-Mile trailhead on the Chewuch River out of Winthrop. The weather was chilly for July/August not getting much above 60 on the sunniest times, which were few. Not deterred by a little tree hopping and route finding, we continued along Middle Hidden Lake and yet again, took a long break to explore more tracks in the dry lake bed. Tips for backpacking in a Wilderness area, Length: 12 milesElevation Gain: 1550 feetHighest Point: 7200 feet. In short time we had a plan B: a 35 mile out and back from the Billy Goat trailhead to Big Hidden Lake. As we approached our camp at Cougar Lake, we heard a distinct slapping sound on the water. Far up the Lost River Valley of the Pasayten, only 10 miles south of the Canadian border, lie a chain of four gorgeous lakes: Cougar Lake, First Hidden Lake, Middle Hidden Lake, and Big Hidden Lake. Pair Buckskin Ridge with the West Fork Pasayten River for a superb 32-mile loop through the Pasayaten Wilderness that starts and ends at Slate Pass. Backpacking the Pasayten Wilderness : Harts Pass, PCT, Windy Pass, Buffalo Pass, Foggy Pass, Jim Pass, Hulman Pass & Rock Pass Meadows. Page was adopted on December 19, 2006. Once we came out on the west side of the pass we were astounded, shocked, surprised and generally overwhelmed with the view. It’s home to an astounding array of wildlife, including the largest population of lynx in the lower 48 as well as deer, moose, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and wolves. I had a window of freedom for half of July and needed to find some trails relatively snow free. Most of the trail to Cougar Lake after Diamond Creek traverses below Island Mountain and has minimal climbing, which I was thankful for! My partner and I were driving to the Pasayten Wilderness, where we would spend the week backpacking. REI / > Plan your trip using WTA's online Hiking Guide, Length: 9.2 milesElevation Gain: 2800 feetHighest Point: 6950 feet. But with more than 600 miles of trails crisscrossing this remote and rugged wilderness, it makes the perfect place to plan a big backpacking trip. Backpacking the Pasayten Wilderness. We had hoped to get to Tungsten Lake, but after 17 miles we needed to find a campsite and water plus it started to snow so we continued on to the Boundary Trail - Pasayten Wilderness Trail. We stopped at the cabins for a lunch break and explored the area. The Pasayten’s … Situated in the Pasayten Wilderness on the eastern edge of the North Cascades, this horseshoe basin gets lots of sunshine, allowing for early and late-season high country probing. Full of gorgeous lakes, high alpine tundra, and nearly 150 peaks over 7,500′ in elevation, the Pasayten’s biodiversity is a marvel. It’s hard to hike through this scorched area and not feel enormous sadness, loss, and frustration at human impacts. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. In northern Washington state, the Pasayten Wilderness stands out. Larch Pass Loop (Pasayten) A strenuous 52 mile backpack with approximately 7,000 feet of total elevation gain. 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