Let’s get out of town! How about a trip to Peggy’s Pond and some hiking and scrambling on Mt Daniels?
I did this hike a few years ago, and it was great. In fact, it’s one of my favorite places among those accessible to anyone with good legs and sense of adventure. It may not be Colchuck Lake or Paradise, but we’ll have the place almost entirely to ourselves, even on the weekend of the 4th.
Sign-Up: I've set the event for manual control so we enjoy a balance of skill level and gender. Sgn up, and I'll pull you in, hopefully on Monday. I think 8 would be a good size limit.
Basics: The trail head is about 3 hours drive--out I-90 and north past Roslyn. The campsites are about 5miles in and 2k feet up. There’s a pit toilet (with poster-quality view). From camp, there are day hiking opportunities for every inclination.
Itinerary: We’ll aim to be on the trail by 2pm on Friday, so we can get there easily for dinner and with plenty of breaks and full enjoyment along the way. On Saturday, we can explore the neighborhood and Mt Daniels. On Sunday, we’ll head out when we’re ready, maybe stop at the Roslyn Café for a beer and early dinner before returning to ‘reality’.
So, let’s meet at the East Gate Park & Ride at 10:30am Friday. We can meet-up elsewhere, too, depending on where people live.
Destination Details: Peggy’s Pond is a little dot of a pond barely off the Pacific Crest Trail and at the foot of Cathedral Rock, a name you appreciate when approaching on foot. The pond is also on the shoulder of Mt Daniel, one of the state’s taller (7900 ft) but not so formidable mountains. Day hiking options are only limited by your imagination. Since glaciers have only recently receded from the area, there are transitions that offer a mix of forest, lunar like rock-lands, and alpine meadows.
I’m hoping to pick up where I left off last time and hike toward the peak of Mt Daniels, which is more of a challenging walk-up. You may wish to enjoy the flowered meadows, the waterfall, or maybe the glacier-touched ponds in the upper basin. We can figure that out after we’re there.
Gear: Since we’ll be camping at 5600 feet and day hiking higher than that, you’ll want to be prepared for large swings in temps from day to night. I’ll provide more weather updates in a few days. Word on the street is that it won't rain.
Since we’ll be on a spur to the PCTrail, the trail should be in good condition. I’ll be bringing crampons so that I might be able to hike to or near to the top of Mt Daniels.
Fitness: Most would consider the hike moderate, as backpacking trips go. If day hiking Mt Si is a challenge for you, then maybe this trip will be too much.
Directions: East on I-90 to exit 80. Follow Bullfrog Rd 6mi to the old mining town of Roslyn. Meander through town (don’t speed!) and keep going for about 25 miles to the parking lot / trail head. The road ends quarter mile afterward at the trail head to Deception Pass. If you end up there, just turn around.
Misc: I welcome dogs, so long as you’re a competent and responsible dog owner. If any hikers have dog issues, we’ll figure that out.
Let's talk food and travel after the weekend.