- Distance: 23.6
Location: 48.0721092224121, -120.851173400879
Follow Buck Creek Trail #1513, ascending 3,100 feet over nearly 10 miles through forest with steadily improving views of the cliffs of Buck Mountain and other peaks across the lush valley.
Location: 48.0924491882324, -120.867851257324
Turn L, staying along Buck Creek
Location: 48.1048316955566, -120.879669189453
Wooded campsite along Buck Creek Trail
Location: 48.121166229248, -120.927917480469
More campsites before trail switchbacks away from creekbed
Location: 48.1451263427734, -120.960998535156
Pitch your tent in one of the several wooded campsites at the pass, then choose the next day’s adventure. From this waypoint, head NE to Helmet Butte. It is a steep, strenuous off-trail scramble, but its crown presents a Kodak sweep that includes Fortress and Clark Mountains, a sea of peaks to the N.
Location: 48.1494522094727, -120.95548248291
360-degree panorama atop Helmet Butte
Location: 48.1433334350586, -120.962303161621
Optional dayhike: Head N for Flower Dome, an easy 2 miles round-trip; its summit meadows offer a great perch for gawking at Glacier Peak across the deep, broad slash of the Suiattle River valley.
Location: 48.1421508789062, -120.962966918945
Pick up the trail at the S end of Buck Pass’s designated campsites. It switchbacks up and around Liberty Cap.
Location: 48.1273918151856, -120.957191467285
Follows an open ridge, with Buck Creek below to the E and Glacier Peak to the W. Just before High Pass, you can descend a broad, gentle ridge, with some scrambling down granite ledges, to Triad Lake (not named on some maps).
Location: 48.114616394043, -120.95938873291
Triad Lake, a blue beauty tucked into an alpine basin below a small glacier; backtrack to trailhead