Please explain. Due to lack of campsites on Pilot Ridge, the best choice is to make this loop in a clockwise direction, taking the North Fork Sauk Trail all the way up to the Pacific Crest Trail. 11,003' Up Lots of little streams to fill up. The Bad: This video is unavailable. 1,461' Down 1,461' Up We spent 2 nights and 3 days on trail and made 18 miles. The campsite was buggy, so my $1.50 mosquito head net was totally worth it, Wearing long sleeves and long pants were also necessary due to biting flies. The biggest danger is tripping/falling off the trail from your head constantly swiveling around to take it all in. If you have the legs I’m sure 30 miles would be a great idea! Saturday morning we were at the 2200' trailhead by 9:00 and had to squeeze into a parking space. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. But just to reassure people. He was having to go on hands and knees trying to slide his backpack under logs, under bushes and bushwhacking to try to find the trail again. You will run into some people on this trail (if you are into that sort of thing). Then we took the right turn and we had another similar jaunt to go back up to get to Blue Lake. 2770.78 m Down, 6.5 mi There is a good one immediately after leaving the PCT and heading towards Pilot Ridge. Huckleberries lining the trail, increasing incredible views. The lake is beautiful. PCT: This section was well maintained and had most of the good views. It is mostly just a lot of downward hiking. And never regretted a thing. Make sure to bring microspikes and trekking poles to cross the snow. Kept moving. This loop can be done as fast as you want or as a week-long adventure. No bridge seen, only big trees to walk across. 1,367' Up We headed back to the junction we were supposed to be at just around the corner. Taking other people's content (text, photos, etc) without permission is a copyright violation and When you cross the logs, there is no trail up to the trail that takes you home. Coming down from Blue lake is a bit more rugged. To continue the loop from White Pass, head south on the PCT over miles and miles of mind-boggling ridges, meadows and flower fields, passing Reflection Pond, Kid Pond, Indian Pass, Kodak Peak, which is worth hiking to the top. Watch Queue Queue. Here was the tricky bit. The rest of the day was not very spectacular. • I recommend using poles. Luckily for us we could hear eachother but going left when he got out of the water was impossible. Day 2 was my favorite due to plentiful wild flowers still in bloom and tons of marmots scrambling along directly on the trail. 1,367' Down More along Pilot Ridge than other part of the loop. Over July 4th 2014, we hiked the 30 mile loop around Pilot Ridge. The way out was great. The trail on Pilot Ridge is clearly the least traveled of this loop. There was a little more than a dozen cars parked. Started hiking at 6:30am. The good first portion is with no tree cover, savor water for the first half, and there is indeed a small creek and water source before you hit the junction of Blue Lake high route and Low route. The last bit! Trip Report By. You have to bushwack your your way to the trail. Northwest Forest Pass required at the trailhead. There is no water that I can remember between Blue Lake and the Pilot Ridge descent. Trail. Lots of mosquitoes on the lower portions of the trail so bring bug spray! 445.31 m Up Ascent to White Pass: Obviously an ascent like this is difficult, but be prepared for this to take much longer than you think. 10.2 km We saw one, kept moving, around the corner saw lower Blue Lake. Descent from Pilot Ridge: I know steep inclines/declines are almost always the worst part about hiking, but this will kill your knees. The blue lake high route is pretty gnarly. You will recognize it by the flat sign stating "glacier peak wilderness." 1109.31 m Down, 43.3 mi 1.3 km There are spots to camp along the way around mile 4.5 & 6.2. Beautiful White Pass Pilot Ridge Loop Trail is a 30.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Darrington, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. We just headed in the direction we needed to go across a random wild flower laden mountainside. White Pass itself is beautiful. There is water year-round on the climb up to White Pass - look for a couple of springs in the hillside on the trail up toward the top. White Pass - Pilot Ridge Loop There's no place I'd rather be for my birthday than in the mountains and my companions for this adventure were old friends Blissman, Yoyo and Phlemy. The second leg is a hot one. Blue Lake High Route: I personally recommend avoiding this unless you are in good shape and plan on making Blue Lake a camping spot. The Good: It’s not easy terrain, but the views are worth it. The lake was pristine, blue as day. Something else? Being a jerk / offensive? 2772.1 m Up The route was the North Fork Sauk River trail to Red Pass, White Pass, the PCT to Dishpan Gap then Blue Lakes with an exit via Pilot Ridge. A few areas of rock needed to get lower to get down but poles are very helpful there. Logistically, this is a good location if you are doing this loop. Ten years ago we day hiked up Pilot Ridge and had some terrific views. White Pass - Pilot Ridge Loop, Lake Sally Ann. So he trailed right, and finally caught up to my voice and the original trail. Starting at the North Fork Sauk River trailhead, this route meanders along the river for a gentle 5-mile warm up before shooting up the ridge, gaining ~3000 feet in 3 miles to join the PCT near White Pass. • Some hadn’t noted this previously. Ran the loop + added a couple of detours to equal 35 miles for the day. Trail is in great condition. The descent down from the ridge is extremely steep and long. 1107.5 m Up Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out. • 23.29 m Down, 34.7 mi 76' Down We easily re-found the trail. The camp sites are good. Once on the PCT, head south, being sure to not trip over your bottom lip due to the jaw dropping views along the way. White Pass Pilot Ridge Loop Trail is a 30.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Darrington, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. • Once you gain Pilot Ridge Trail #652 later in the run, there's no water until you drop back to the Sauk. NOT OKAY! • 10.5 km We had added Foam Creek Basin to this day and having this last little climb was brutal. Incredible trail, hiked this over 3 days and 2 nights 7/17-7/19, highly reccomend. It was good enough for most of the trail, but there were a few sections where I had to ration it. 19.0 km When you reach the river at the bottom, there is not bridge -- jsut fallen logs. There are two small lakes before the big Blue Lake and in no way comparable! • • The descent also has another water source but after the meadows to heading down, I do not remember how far unfortunately but you are not out of luck the whole way until North Fork. I did not see many hikers on the other trails. Kodak Pass: some of the best views of the Cascades with Rainier in the distance (on a clear day of course) Also, not much to look at until you are closer to the top. It's an excellent way to spend a long weekend. 416.69 m Down, 0.8 mi • So I got soaked as did everything else. I was able to put my foot on a root across and pull my way over the drop. North Cascades. White Pass camp area is sheltered, but the view isn't the best. Great views on clear days, definitely a must do hike... Day one from trailhead to White Pass is a hard push up, up, up through endless switchbacks. • What a day. 3,639' Down Once you get to the last spot, there is a river crossing! Amazing fall colors and blueberries galore! 445.34 m Down, 6.3 mi Otherwise, bugs were not too bad. Blue Lake was gorgeous. But the soft dirt and pine needle covered ground lays out a nicer soft footed trail going down in the switchbacks. Drive to the North Fork Sauk River trailhead at the Sloan Creek Campground and park there. Starting at the North Fork Sauk River trailhead, this route meanders along the river for a gentle 5-mile warm up before shooting up the ridge, gaining ~3000 feet in 3 miles to join the PCT near White Pass. Blue Lake: it was nice to sit here and dip your feet in the water after the Blue Lake High Route Lots of little flying insects on top of Kodak Peak. White Pass - Pilot Ridge Loop; Initially I had planned on completing a clockwise loop over the course of three days and two nights, which I would definitely recommend (at the very least) to enjoy this vast and majestic pocket of the North Cascades. There is a small stream about a third of the way down the descent. You get a taste of everything great about PNW hiking: miles through lush forests, a quiet alpine lake, challenging climbs, fields of wildflowers, and a long stretch of trail along a ridge with incredible views off either side of the trail including a couple of Washington's glaciated peaks. Help keep our trails and parks open during COVID-19 by committing to social distancing. Bring a GPS as you can lose the trail in some of the snow crossings. Aug 3, 2014 - A loop hike, beginning and ending in the old-growth forests of the North Fork Sauk River that traverses high ridges and passes of the Pacific crest, visits beautiful alpine lakes, and finally follows the high and lonesome Pilot Ridge Trail before descending … A little scarce from Kodak Pass to Blue Lake. • There are some highly hike-able miles along the ridge as the trail rolls toward Dishpan Gap. On Day 3, we totally missed the trail leaving Blue Lake, because there are many crisscrossing trails through camp.. We had heard of this based on reviews on other websites and we STILL missed the trail. 55.8 km Your FREE account works with all Adventure Projects sites. I was recording the route on my phone. Also the small stream here is not the most convenient. Note: the High route in indeed very treacherous, some friends of ours had brought a dog and unfortunately had his paw pads were injured. The Great: We could not see the trail until we were five feet from it. 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