In this fisherman's opinion, Sheep Lake is the easiest fishing you’ll ever have. Sheep Lake and Sourdough Gap. This popular trail climbs alongside of Thechàl Dhâl and above Sheep Creek. 26 (Saturday) 9:00 AM - 27 (Sunday) 3:30 PM, 11610 Trek Drive East Eatonville, WA 98328, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park360.832.7166 Sheep Lake & Nannie Ridge. Standard Class train coaches are Tacoma Rail cars representative of the 1950’s era Amtrak passenger cars with comfortable front-facing upholstered seats in paired rows. A great hike from Chinook Pass, with early season wildflowers. Wednesday, July 15, 2009. no reports have been added for Sheep Lake Trail yet, add a trail report. Continue north on the PCT winding through meadows and forest groves and steadily climbing. The way to the lake gains very little elevation making it ideal for children and hikers-getting up there. On the bright side, however, I made a point of documenting my last trip up Sheep Lake Trail, just a few days ago. * Make sure Chinook Pass is still open before you go. Its very scenic and goes along highway 410. It offers excellent views of the Slims River Valley as it opens up into the sub alpine. In the few months that it is open, many a motorist passing through this high pass makes a stop here. The length of the trail is 4.2 miles and the elevation gain is only about 400 ft. Travel west from Centennial on Wyoming 130 for about 8 miles, turn right on Brooklyn Lake Road for a little less than two miles. All of this terrain was abuzz with miners and mining activity a century ago. Click here for accommodations. 26dec(dec 26)9:00 AM27(dec 27)3:30 PMEvent CancelledWinter WildlandWinter Wildland at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is the perfect holiday tradition. On July 4th weekend in 2016, the trail was intermittently under snow south of Sheep Lake. The water is clear and looks inviting; the peaks, meadows, and tre Good scenery and high elevations. Look down into the Morse Creek valley and see if you can locate Placer Lake. All tickets are for reserved seats, allowing your party to select their configuration of seats together. Sheep Lake/Sourdough Gap is borderline too popular, but it is somewhere we have wanted to go for a long time. The numerous peaks and precipices of the Seven Devils Mountains tower above and fall below, forming the high points of the deepest canyon in North America. This is an excellent trail for viewing Dall sheep in the spring as the sheep are usually found at lower elevations. If you are using GPS or a distance app., you can start watching for a left turn before you hit the four mile mark. Like the rest of the trails in the area, expect great views of Browns Peak, many alpine lakes, and the Centennial Valley. The Sheep Lake to Sourdough Gap hike in Mount Rainier National Park is part of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), and is an incredible trail to hike if you have the chance. Situated in a pretty cirque, the lake is an easy and justifiably popular backpacking destination. Get insider scoops on events, deals and news from the mountain. The trail skirts the east and north side of the lake. Hike up from Walupt Lake through verdant meadows, skirting the base of Nannie Peak where a side trail leads to the top of Nannie Peak. While Sheep Lakes, in the northwest corner of Horseshoe Park, is a location where wildlife is often spotted, none was present, unsurprisingly, when I stopped by in midafternoon, although I did see mule deer driving by the prior evening. Sheep Lake (Chinook Pass) A beautiful easy-going stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail that leads to huckleberries and a lovely alpine lake before reaching the saddle known as Sourdough Gap. All ages can enjoy the warmth and fun of the Christmas season as you depart for a trip to the North Pole. Bear are common too once the crowds dissipate. We had to risk it. While the sights of Mount Rainier itself are few and far between, there is still plenty to look at, especially if you make it to the top of Sourdough Gap (which has sweeping views of the entire area). For stretches throughout, it was running with water from snowmelt and afternoon storms. Winter Wildland at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is the perfect holiday tradition. 54124 Mountain Highway East, Elbe, WA 98330. Then take a break at a pretty little subalpine lake in a basin flush with meadows and wildlife. Hike around a little and you’ll be able to see a snowy sliver of Rainier’s summit hovering over the rocky peaks to the west. The trail winds in and out of trees, over and around rocks, and across some wet areas. The whole way is outside of Mount Rainier National Park too, meaning you can bring along any four-legged hikers in … All ages can enjoy the warmth and fun of the Christmas season as you depart. Eventually the trail turns away from the road onto a bench along the ridge. During mid-day in the summer, it can be downright hot on this stretch—so plan for a morning or evening jaunt. Sheep Lake/Sourdough Gap is borderline too popular, but it is somewhere we have wanted to go for a long time. The trail to Sheep Lake via Windy Saddle is an impressive journey through a recent burn area turned wildflower spectacle, into pine and alpine fir forest, and up through pristine alpine lakes. – Craig Romano, is an author of more than a dozen hiking guidebooks including the newly released 100 Classic Hikes Washington (Mountaineers Books) which includes several hikes in and around Mount Rainier National Park. Wildflowers are profuse—so stop and smell them—but don’t pick them, leaving them for others to enjoy. This outcropping is the perfect place to take a break, while the nearby beach may tempt you to take off your boots and go wading. First Class vintage Olympian Hiawatha cars feature table-and-chair or booth configuration, which allows for parties of 4 to sit facing each other. We had to risk it. The closest thing to magic is a pit toilet whose door is not locked. Mount St Helens can be seen to the southwest. Behind those peaks are the Crystal lakes. From a large parking lot here that is usually close to full throughout the summer, you can head south or north on this famous trail—and you don’t need to go far to have an incredible hiking experience. Upon arrival at the North Pole, Santa will board the train and give each child the first gift of Christmas (a silver bell). This easy hike along the Pacific Crest Trail leads to the beautiful Sheep Lake. It is at this point you can either bear left onto Trail #706 and continue the loop around this lake basin, or you can continue following Trail #717 another .7 mile to Fish Lake. Sourdough Gap is a mere mile farther. Cut paper snowflakes in the Cheney Center. Its one of the many trails on the east side of Mount Rainier. Winter Visits to Rainier | What to Know Before You Go, NEW Winter Vacation Guides by Visit Rainier. If not, get out the map and notice where the lake is in relation to the trail you're on. Sip hot chocolate, burn off some energy at Kids’ Trek and catch up on holiday gifts at the gift shop. Breathe in the crisp mountain air and watch in delight as the animals play with holiday-themed treats and enrichments. If you choose to go on, then there are a boat load of wild flowers and mountainous scenes to take in; and, then, of course, you’ll want to fish the lake. Continue east on SR 410 for another 4.0 miles to large parking lot (just beyond national park arch) at Chinook Pass. The way winds high above the basin cradling Sheep Lake. Watch for that left turn. Miners named this gap after one of their staples in camp. At this point along the trail, you’ll also notice a change in the sound of the creek…It’s now a tremendous roar. Sheep Lake is a green gem that pops into view as you near it. This made it hard to find the trail from time to time, but for the most part, it's easy enough to spot the track itself or else the way was marked with cairns. There are still some active claims and plenty of mining relics scattered about. During each visit to this lake, I have caught trout within minutes of gearing up and casting. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride and join in on the magic of Christmas! :). The way to the lake gains very little elevation making it ideal for children and hikers-getting up there. The name is a mystery as there are no sheep and it is not even shaped like a sheep. For lodging near the train station click here. Notes: Chinook Pass is usually closed from late November—late June. Terms & conditions. It's easy to see why the area is so popular. Features: kid-friendly, dog-friendly, wildflowers, backcountry lake, sweeping views. It was, perhaps, my best hike up that trail yet. The trail covers 9.2 miles of alpine meadows and lakes as well as some sub alpine forests. Drive Your Own Vehicle Around Northwest Trek! The way is through open forest cleared by past fires and annual avalanches. In autumn when things quiet down here, check the shores and neighboring meadows for elk, deer and mountain goats. The trail offers spectacular views of the top of the talus slopes towards Storm Ridge and the East and West Beckwith. This made it hard to find the trail from time to time, but for the most part, it's easy enough to spot the track itself or else the way was marked with cairns. Start at Sand Lake trailhead and ride uphill to Brooklyn Lake, then decend on the return. Make a birdfeeder or feel a fluffy wolf pelt in our cozy cabin. Montana had such a spectacularly cold winter this past year, that it has made for an equally spectacular display of wild flowers along most of the trails in southwest Montana. In this area of the Goat Rocks Wilderness are 21-mile loop, 14-mile loop and9-mile out-and-back hike options all with about with ~2,000 feet of elevation gain. Sheep Lake is in a beautiful setting, regardless of what season you have chosen to hike here. A perfect day hike or easy backpack for those interested in exploring the … Site by Jeff Brock Studio. You may hear the happy sounds of children playing in the water or see hikers lazing on the rock outcropping where the trail comes to the lake. We hiked to Sheep Lake, Sourdough Gap, and then took a cut off trail down towards Upper Crystal Lake. Free with admission. For the fisherman in your party, the lake is the destination. Access other trails (e.g., Quealy Lake) from Sheep Lake Trail. Now look south over the lake basin and all of the terrain you have just hiked over. THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride, like the movie, is a 90-minute round-trip immersive theatrical experience. There is an alternative return hike available. From colorful cardboard sleighs to popsicles and mock-gingerbread houses, we make a Wildland to remember. A: Yes, you’ll want a Northwest Forest Pass. On the way up, or on the way back, be sure to look for the Sheep Creek Falls. We hope for some trail magic from these enthusiastic outdoors types, but no luck. In this instance, Sheep Lake, is one of my favorite hiking and fishing destinations; but, I am only giving it up because I know that it can be a grueling day hike and most people will forgo it. Pass through clusters of firs and verdant patches of meadows. Restrooms are available at the train depot, with limited restrooms available on the train. Privacy policy. Above the switchbacks, the trail is more genle, going up and down rolling hills. Passengers will be entertained by Chefs, enjoy Hot Chocolate and Cookies, and listen to a reading of THE POLAR EXPRESS™. Sheep Lake Trail. The parking area will be on the east side of Brooklyn Lake. Once, I caught a fish on my first cast. 20nov(nov 20)3:30 PM31dec(dec 31)9:00 PMEvent CancelledTHE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train RideThe magic of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ comes to life in Elbe, Washington this holiday season, November 20—December 31, 2020, This story of a child’s Christmas Eve journey comes alive on-board THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride. Little Sheep Lake lies just two miles north along the trail. Within the first few miles of the trail head, you’ll run into a series of switchbacks. Sheep Lake Trail Directions: The trailhead by Brooklyn Lake is the easiest to get to. The Sheep Lake Trail #848 begins at an intersection with the Cliff Creek Trail #840 and ends at Sheep Lake. Description. Sheep Lake:  N46 53.651 W 121 30.114Sourdough Gap:  N46 54.091 W 121 30.041. Head out on an easy two mile stretch of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) relishing in sweeping views and dazzling wildflowers. Soak your feet, go for a dip or take a nap. Carefully investigate the other side of this large rock…and, I say ‘carefully’ because the water falls are very close by and you’ll be standing on a cliff face looking down at them. Take a tram tour through the hushed winter stillness to spot elk and bison keeping warm. On July 4th weekend in 2016, the trail was intermittently under snow south of Sheep Lake. All of our coaches are heated. … You tell me…Is it worth it to hike for hours into a remote alpine lake? Then look north along the PCT to Crystal Mountain, Threeway Peak, Bear Gap, and Crown Point. Rainier Tourism. Parents sipped coffee in the cool morning air while children and dogs played nearby. Chinook Pass can be a busy place. We had to risk it. Little Sheep Lake lies just two miles north along the trail. Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum360-492-6000 The whole way is outside of Mount Rainier National Park too, meaning you can bring along any four-legged hikers in your family. A good flowing trail network will have most trails flowing in a single direction according to their intension. Sheep Lake/Sourdough Gap is borderline too popular, but it is somewhere we have wanted to go for a long time. Beyond those familiar peaks see the snowy Tatoosh Range and Goat Rocks peaks. In Standard Class, hot chocolate is served with a cookie, the cocoa is in a disposable mug. It makes it a longer hike, but trust, it's a beautiful one, and definitely not a hike you'll want to miss. Reservations can be placed online or by calling 360-492-6000. It's a pretty short trek, just under an hour for us even though we stopped for lots of photos along the way. Rainier, while just a couple miles away is pretty much blocked from view thanks to a western flank of impressive craggy summits. This hike is well worth the effort. There are some great spots for picnicking and wading. We push on another 2 miles through the smoke to Sheep Lake. From Yakima, follow SR 12 west for 16 miles bearing right onto SR 410. Sheep Lake/Sourdough Gap is borderline too popular, but it is somewhere we have wanted to go for a long time. This hike was 7 miles rt with about 1,200 ft of total elevation gain. If wanderlust still persists, continue on the PCT for another mile climbing to a high gap on a rocky ridge. First Class includes a collector’s edition souvenir mug with your hot chocolate and cookie. The trail was built for horses, so the grade is never steep. Within 1 and a half hour drive from Seattle. The. All in all, it’s an unbelievable fishing experience. This event will surely become an annual tradition for the whole family. The trail parallels above SR 410 for more than a mile. It is named for a lake near the center of the trail. The trail moves away from the highway, gently rising into subalpine forest before reaching Sheep Lake at just under two miles. Then you come to a junction with Trail #706. A: The nearest resorts, cabins, and vacation rentals are in the Crystal Mountain area. Others make a pit stop, have a picnic lunch, or meander on the short trails circling Tipsoo Lake. Start your journey on the well-trodden trail traversing steep eastern slopes. Other than the first and last half miles, the trail is … Sheep Lake/Sourdough Gap is borderline too popular, but it is somewhere we have wanted to go for a long time. The mug is exclusively available to First Class passengers and cannot be found in stores. Then continue 47 miles to trailhead at Chinook Pass. Free with admission. Be careful. Like many fisherman and locals, it’s not easy giving up a favorite hiking destination or fishing hole. :). The trail itself starts … We had to risk it. Then feast on views from Mount Adams and Mount St Helens to Fifes Peak and the Nelson Ridge. For many, the water falls are found within the first hour of hiking and make for a relatively easy day hike. At 3.0 miles reach 6,400-foot Sourdough Gap, a rocky little notch on a rugged ridge. Usage policy. Hiking along Trail #717, it is only a mere half mile hike to Lower Lake. Trips to the North Pole are spent on the train, riders do not disembark the train during the event. Mount Adams to the southeast. For stretches throughout, it was running with water from snowmelt and afternoon storms. The Sheep Lake Trail starts in the south on the east side of Brooklyn Lake and ends in the north just below Sand Lake. The trail leads over this saddle to the left and descends for about a mile, along cliffsides and scree fields, to Sheep Lake -- it's about 2 miles total from the campground to this lake, plus another .5 mile or more depending upon how far around the lake you care to go. Sheep Lake Trail was no exception. Start at the trailhead just before the Brooklyn Lake Campground and head uphill across the meadow into the trees. Look east over American Ridge to Nelson Ridge. November 20 (Friday) 3:30 PM - December 31 (Thursday) 9:00 PM, Mt. And if you’re a hiker, Chinook Pass is the starting point for several great adventures. All material and content is protected. Here the long-distance PCT crosses over SR 410 on an attractive wooded park gateway bridge. Otherwise, keep hiking! In a nutshell, these fish don’t see many people and they are very, very hungry. The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction. About 1.75 miles to Sheep Lake, it goes along the highway then when you are almost near the lake, it winds a little steep up to a hill then to Sheep Lake. 11610 Trek Drive East, Eatonville, WA. :), Well, now you know what Sheep Lake and its trail look like. If you continue on past Sheep Lake, you will come to the PCT #2000. The highway slowly descends into the American River Valley, while the trail stays high above it offering great views of this wide-U shaped glacial-caved valley. The Northwest Trek staff get as busy as elves making holiday enrichments to give our animals! Trail is also rough in spots. Trail reports are used to indicate a trails current condition and inform builders and other riders about any issues on a trail. Trailforks scans users ridelogs to determine the most popular direction each trail is ridden. It was just a few weeks ago that this trail was covered in snow, but it’s now melted out and the wildflowers are gorgeous! ©2020 Visit Rainier, the Official Site of Mt. We had to risk it. Sheep Lake. Multiuse out-and-back trail that traverses montane forest and subalpine meadows. Some merely peer from an overlook or two and hastily snap some photos. Savor the specular sweeping views and then make the scenic return hike back to the trailhead. Breathe in the crisp mountain air and watch in delight as the animals play with holiday-themed treats and enrichments. The magic of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ comes to life in Elbe, Washington this holiday season, November 20—December 31, 2020, 54124 Mountain Highway East, Elbe, WA 98330. The entire length of the trail was still ‘green’, which is not always a given this late in July. Look beyond to Yakima and Naches peaks guarding Chinook Pass. :), Please note, comments must be approved before they are published, © 2020, Montana Treasures®Powered by Shopify. On the way up, or on the way back, be sure to look for the Sheep Creek Falls. If you’re satisfied with the hike so far—lounge for a while and then head back along the easy stretch of trail you followed here. Sheep Creek. This trail is entirely in the West Elk Wilderness and primarily passes through spruce-fir tree stands. For additional information on this hike click here. Today we drove up to Chinook Pass to hike a short section of the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail). The entire length of the trail was still ‘green’, which is not always a given this late in July. Bighorn sheep visits to Sheep Lakes are hit-and-miss, but generally occur between 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Groups between one and sixty sheep move from the ridge on the north side of the valley, across the road and stay up to two or three hours before reversing the trip back to the high country. Sheep Lake Trail is located in Paradise Area and is accessible fro July till November, but remember to check whether Chinook Pass is open. At 2.0 miles come to Sheep Lake (elev. There are a few ways to get you to Sheep Lake Trail, this particular one will take you to the trailhead via the Lewis Lake Trailhead near the picnic area. The lake is fairly shallow and warms up nicely in the summer.