The vastness of the Pasayten Wilderness is enough to make lovers of true wilderness jump for joy! This sanctuary is one of the largest designated wilderness areas in the United States. Many long trails, mostly lightly used, explore this backcountry, and solitude and wildflowers are ample reward for the long miles. Trails connect to form 100 mile loop, and this loop is arguably the best in the entire wilderness.
One of my favorite fall hikes, the Naches Peak Loop is accessed from Chinook Pass on Highway 410 and circles Naches Peak. It's a fairly easy hike -- you start high and stay high. About 4.5 miles. elevation gain 600 feet.
Hike a delightful bit of the Pacific Crest Trail through grassy fields. At about 1 ½ miles the way rounds a ridge and starts a gentle climb to Sheep Lake. The moderate ascent continues with a long switch back leading to Sourdough Gap at 3 miles, 6400 feet. Round trip 6 miles. 1100 foot gain. Parking and restrooms are at the trail head.
Wear layers & sturdy boots, bring lunch, snacks and water.
For sign up and meeting details, go to http://www.meetup.com/Hiking-and-Exploring-Nature-with-Sierra-Club-in-S-King-Co/.
Kanaskat-Palmer is a beautifully wooded park along the rapids of the Green River near Cumberland. We will follow a 2.4 mile loop trail that takes about 2 hours, including a snack break on the rocks along the shore. This is an easy hike with an elevation change of about 218 feet, so it is fine for children as well as adults. A Discover Pass (WA Sate Park Pass) or disability placard is required to park here
Check out the rapids as seen and heard from Kanaskat-Palmer state park. Bring: comfortable shoes, jacket or rain gear as required, water, snack
The trail to Summit Lake is rough, steep and narrow but the rewards are worth the extra effort. The deep blue of summit Lake competes with the white flanks of Mt Rainier. Occasional sightings of Rainier.
6 miles round trip 1200 foot gain, high point 5400 feet.
Lunch at the lake. No restrooms at the trail head. Forest Pass required. Rest stop en route to be determined. Need sturdy shoes, snack or lunch, and water. For details, please contact Dianne Gors.