Glacier Peak Wilderness: Entiat Mountains/Upper Ice Lake
Take this rugged 15.7-mile, mostly cross-country hike only if you like your summits and scenery served up with a big helping of solitude.
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- Distance: 25.5
Location: 48.0825843811035, -120.835014343262
This loop in the more arid Entiat Mountains is step for step the stiffest outing we’ve done in Glacier Peak Wilderness, with difficult routefinding, exposed scrambling, and 2,000 vertical feet of bush-whacking. Which means: There’s no one out here. From Phelps Creek trailhead, start by hiking 3.2 miles up Phelps Creek Trail 1511.
Location: 48.1228485107422, -120.839782714844
Campsites along creek
Location: 48.1262130737305, -120.840385437012
At 4,200 feet, on Leroy Creek’s south bank, turn NE off-trail. Look for a faint but continuous user path; finding it makes this steep bushwhack much easier.
Location: 48.1322174072266, -120.821662902832
Emerging from the trees at about 6,000 feet, angle up and right and look for an unmapped yet surprisingly clear trail–it’s even marked by cairns–that traverses the talus southward at around 6,400 feet. A mile farther, at a small basin with campsites, climb straight up to the 7,300-foot saddle west of Point 8033.
Location: 48.1233329772949, -120.80883026123
7,300-foot saddle. From there, swing north to another pass, this one about 300 feet higher.
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Maude’s South Saddle; descend to Upper Ice Lake
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Pitch camp near Upper Ice Lake and hike Maude’s S ridge.
Location: 48.1376991271973, -120.803665161133
Summit views from Mt. Maude stretch as far as the distinctively fractured skyline of North Cascades National Park. Return to camp
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The next day, regain the 7,300-foot saddle and contour south across talus and scree. At 1.5 miles, aim for a gully (not as steep as it looks) splitting the cliffs above a small basin of enormous boulders. A rough, unmapped trail continues south, traversing a narrow, exposed ridge, to Rock Creek Trail 1509.
Location: 48.0956344604492, -120.797096252441
Stone arrow marks route
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Join Rock Creek Trail; continue S
Location: 48.0852813720703, -120.801132202148
At this pass, a good user trail leads (in 15 minutes) to Carne Mountain’s 7,085-foot summit and wraparound views.
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Carne Mtn. Summit; return to Waypoint 11, turn R, and descend 3.5 miles on Carne Mountain Trail to the trailhead.