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. After 16 miles, you'll be close to the confluence of the West and Middle Forks of the Pasayaten River. 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. Very exciting! Happy trails! Make your next purchase through my affiliate links below at no cost to you. We found tiny underwater snails on the logs, saw trout jumping from the lake, and could have stayed here for days, soaking it all in. 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. We sat down, enjoying the amazing solitude, the huge views stretched out before us, and the unbelievable blue sky. 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. My soggy mood was immediately bolstered and I kicked off my wet shoes and relaxed on a log. Cascades as you traverse through alpine meadows. A long weekend is the perfect chance to make the drive from either the west or east sides of the state up to Horseshoe Basin. The location is extremely remote (30 miles from Winthrop) so it was amazing to see the array of machinery present at the mine. At 1.5 mi cross Clutch Creek. The work that’s been done to clear the trail is impressive. Nearer Cougar Lake, the appropriately named Lost River disappears underground and is replaced by a spectacularly green marsh. 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. Want so spread even more good? My partner and I were driving to the Pasayten Wilderness, where we would spend the week backpacking. 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. We spent the evening sipping margaritas while hearing the eerie calls of loons from the lake. It’ll kick back a few cents to me that’ll buy my pup an extra post-adventure treat! Continue six more miles to circle Amphitheater Mountain, passing upper Cathedral Lake to 7,600-ft Cathedral Pass. Photo by trip reporter MazamaMike. Distance: 7.3 miles | Elevation Gain: 1,270′. 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. The Boundary Trail section of the PNT in Horseshoe Basin, Pasayten Wilderness. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. Starting at Iron Gate TH to Armstrong Mountain 7/29 - 7/30 500px : https://500px.com/courterpnw Lacey 500px: https://500px.com/laceypnw The Pasaytan skirts Canada'a border and includes beautiful open country with views of rolling meadows and surrounding peaks. Aside from a couple we passed back near the historic cabins, Laurel and I had seen no one else all weekend. On these pages you will find accounts of the adventures of Pasayten, Gnome and friends as they backpack into some beautiful backcountry locations. Despite rheumatoid arthritis, I'm a peakbagger, backpacker, biker, paddler, and skier. Become a BCP Supporting Member and kiss them all goodbye. 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. Eric and Matthew, Oct 2-4. “Huh?” I responded, convinced my ears were playing tricks on me. The Pasayten Wilderness. 1 Gilt für Lieferungen in folgendes Land: Deutschland. Remmel Lake in the Pasayten Wilderness. Hike four miles among wildflowers to 7,500-foot McCall Gulch, the highpoint of the trail. 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. 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. Continue to Sunny Pass at … But as I hiked, I wasn’t really thinking about my legs or how tired they were from these 80 miles in the Pasayten. Backpacking the Pasayten Wilderness : Harts Pass, PCT, Windy Pass, Buffalo Pass, Foggy Pass, Jim Pass, Hulman Pass & Rock Pass Meadows. 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. This magical land of wildness continually begs me to see more. 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. I’ve always believed that the more you look, the more you see. We started our adventure at the Iron Gate Trailhead. There are beautiful views of the Lost River Valley and Lost Peak, Pass Butte, and Many Trails Peak dominate the landscape. Earlier in the day we had heard some distance rumbles of thunder and now it was clear where it had rained. We saw a spruce grouse in a tree next to the trail. 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! 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! Distance: 13.9 miles | Elevation Gain: 3,745′. 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. 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. Looking toward Windy Peak from Horseshoe Basin. Joined May 3, 2018 Messages 224. 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. Pasayten Wilderness : SummitPost.org : Climbing, hiking, mountaineering. It covers ____ acres in North-Central Washington. 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. 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. I’d be enjoying soggy shoes for the rest of the night. 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. Middle Hidden turned up even more critters that included coyote, otter, and possibly even mink. A previously burned area along the Billy Goat Trail. Surviving the Pasayten Wilderness – A F-16 Pilot’s Backpack Trip Turns Educational “It was the worst day of my life. 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. In northern Washington state, the Pasayten Wilderness stands out. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. Overview More to come. 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. The Pasayten’s … They’ve clearly been burned away. Larch Pass Loop (Pasayten) A strenuous 52 mile backpack with approximately 7,000 feet of total elevation gain. 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. It was beautiful. 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. Hike 10 easy miles along the river, then make the climb to 6,870-ft Remmel Lake and many camps. Despite the scars, it was breathtakingly beautiful. 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. Even the elusive grizzly may roam here. 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! Page was adopted on December 19, 2006. MSR / It’ll take generations to recover. Available most of the summer in the Wenatchee National Forest; Sawtooth Area, North Cascades National Park and Recreation Area and Glacier Peak Wilderness. Once we came out on the west side of the pass we were astounded, shocked, surprised and generally overwhelmed with the view. 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. Join me as I share stories, photos, and more from the wilds of the PNW and beyond! This trail is exceptionally beautiful and travels through the Pasayten Wilderness Area. A backpacking trip there left me in awe of its landscape, solitude, and wildness. This may be a bit of a "slog" but is definitely worth the extra effort. 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! 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. Spent 4 days and 3 nights exploring its wide array of terrain and expansive views. This was a six day backpacking trip in the Pasayten Wilderness, in north-central Washington state, east of North Cascades National Park. 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. 12 Replies. Interestingly, Big Hidden Lake drains north to Canada while the rest of the lakes drain south to the Methow via Lost River. 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. We watched giddily as he made laps all over the lake, slapping his tail as he went. My newest adventure? I love hiking in the Pasayten Wilderness. East Pasayten Loop Trip Report – Day 1. Living off-grid in my Airstream while I build a small sustainable home. Outdoor Research / 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. 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). Length: 44.7 milesElevation Gain: 4000 feetHighest Point: 7800 ft. A tarn above upper Cathedral Lake. Ruffwear / A backpacking trip there left me in awe of its landscape, solitude, and wildness. I was ready for a relaxing evening at camp! Even if I don’t see live animals, I see wildlife everywhere through their tracks. From here, you will travel 15.5 miles through lodgepole pine and lupine meadows as the West Fork of the Pasayten River Trail carries you back to Slate Pass. Wildflowers are commonly encountered along the trail. We didn’t arrive until midday on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend and fully expected a sea of cars. The trail turned slightly brushy, and unfortunately, wet. My body was literally shaking from the cold,” he said while we listened to the story around the campfire. Once at Eightmile Pass, the trail descends 1,000 feet in the next 2 miles down to Drake Creek. The trails aren’t hidden in brush as they sometimes are on the west side of the Cascade Range. 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. Patagonia Provisions / Backpacking to Pasayten Airstrip. Its 530,031 acres of wild land buttress the Canadian border. Over 600 miles of trails access the Wilderness, and the PNT explores 95 miles of them. Continue 3.7 miles to Peeve Pass and allow yourself two nights to camp here, as there are many excellent day hike options nearby. Beginning at the Irongate Trailhead west of Loomis, hikers will head west, covering some of the most spectacular features of the wilderness area until eventually turning into the Castle Pass Trail, and descending out of the Pasayten Wilderness. Right along the trail were two enormous horse camps with not only unburned, stable trees, but also lots of rocks and logs for lounging. Click here for more info. When it was finally time to return to camp, we reluctantly gathered our gear, not really wanting to leave this magical place. It was all these feelings, along with surprising solitude and an astounding variety of animal tracks, that made the 3 days I spent with my friend near Hidden Lakes a trip I won’t soon forget. Methow Valley Ranger District:  (509) 996-4003, Tonasket Ranger District:  (509) 486-2186, Buckskin Ridge - West Fork Pasayten River Loop. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Full of gorgeous lakes, high alpine tundra, and nearly 150 peaks over 7,500′ in elevation, the Pasayten’s biodiversity is a marvel. At night, listen for the coyotes and count stars. It was sobering to see the charred landscape. Laurel works full time with Conservation Northwest specializing in Conservation Restoration Ecology. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. Start at the 30-Mile trailhead on the Chewuch River out of Winthrop. Spending extended time in a wilderness that has been forever changed by fire is visceral. Photo by LghtChsr_MtnLvr. This entry was posted in Backpacking, Pasayten Wilderness, Trip Reports on August 26, 2008 by brett. Laurel and I spent our last day at Cougar Lake lazily, not really wanting to leave. After Drake Creek, the trail climbs again and takes you up another 1,000 feet in the next 1.5 miles to Lucky Pass. 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. To see any green here was refreshing and we couldn’t help but stop and admire it. Back in September roads were in reasonable shape with only some light washboarding. Make the easy trek to this 7,000-foot basin teeming with wildlife. Studying maps, I mapped out a loop through the eastern Pasayten wilderness to Upper Cathedral Lake.. The lake was low and completely cut off. The … You have the option of hiking or riding a horse up to camps of your choice. The route began at Thirty Mile trailhead and went north along the Chewuch River. I had a window of freedom for half of July and needed to find some trails relatively snow free. Without hesitation Laurel and I climbed down the rocky slope to get a closer look. 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. The trail continues through burned forest until at 3.5 miles you break out into a large meadow. And every time I visit the Pasayten it opens all of my senses in a way no other place does. 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