Pacific Crest Trail: WA Section 4
SHEEP LAKE to WHITE PASS: Get high into the snowy contours of Goat Rocks Wilderness on this 22.2-mile leg. Bring an ice axe and lightweight crampons for the Packwood Glacier.
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- Distance: 35.8
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Head NE on Nannie Ridge Trail to Sheep Lake to reach the PCT; very nice camping, good swimming and views towards Mt. Adams.
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Ridge offers beautiful views of the Goat Rocks and Klickton Divide. Continue N through one of the most scenic sections of the entire PCT.
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Head NW from Cispus Pass; look for herds of mountain goats that often hang out below the pass to the SE in the Klickitat headwaters
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Pass a spectacular camp near small clump of trees; enjoy the alpen glow on the mountain face that rises above campsite
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Cispus River crossing.
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Trail passes below a 20-ft. waterfall
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Pass decent camps perched on this steep slope over the Cispus River
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Pass another camp
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Stay R @ Bypass Trail jct.
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Pass a camp
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Stay straight @ Snowgrass Trail jct.; continue N
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Yelverton Shelter site: No shelter exists here anymore. U-shaped stone walls make a good windbreak in this very exposed area. There are many tent sites above and below this spot. Enjoy spectacular views of peaks, grassy slopes and communities of dwarf hemlock, alpine fir, and less-than-foot-high junipers. Look for marmots in the rocks
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Follow trail up Old Snowy Mtn.; snowslides and rockslides often destroy the trail. If conditions are sketchy, consider the PCT alternate route (it’s also the access trail for the Old Snowy Summit, a worthy goal). The alternate route travels above the regular trail. From the saddle, veer L on crumbly, narrow trail.
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Begin ridge walk
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Stay straight on ridge @ jct.
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Cross creek with great alpine campsites
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Turn L and head N @ trail jct.
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Pass Lutz Lake on L
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Head NW from Tieton Pass
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Veer L @ jct. with Hidden Spring Trail
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Turn L @ Shoe Lake Trail jct.
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Stay high and veer L; continue N toward Hogback Mtn.
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Goat Rocks Wilderness boundary
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Stay R @ jct. with Chair Lift Trail
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Turn L @ jct. with trail that leads to Twin Peaks
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Pass Ginnette Lake, a tree rimmed lake
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US 12; cross to continue; or turn L, follow road to Kracker Barrel Grocery; not great resupply, staff is welcoming; find fried foods like burritos; indoor seating; laundry. Hotel to E of store has fairly decent prices; offers bunk beds, kitchen.
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White Pass @ US 12.
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One of two permanent glacier crossings in Goat Rocks, this shaded patch can be very icy. If so, consider going around, it’s not far if you head downhill to get around. The runout isn’t bad from a fall, but serious injury could result. The second patch later on is much more dangerous even though it’s only 10 feet across. ©Jack Haskel
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Looking northwest past one of the area’s many large carins at Hawkeye Point and Goat Lake. ©Jack Haskel
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Vew up the river to the mountain above the camp. ©Jack Haskel
Valley and Peaks
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A long-range view over the Goat Rocks. ©Jack Haskel
Clouds and valley
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