August 31, 2013 · 7:00 AM
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Roundtrip 10.0 miles Elevation Gain 2840 ft Highest Point 5200 ft
Very Difficult Hike
Please be in hiking shape and have hiking experience. My groups tend to spread out so even though I don't want you to be alone on the trail it may happen. The forecast is for partly sunny but please be prepared for all weather conditions. I hiked this last year but had to turn back due to losing the trail in the snow. The trail is snow free now.
Rugged and spectacular-yes. Gothic, perhaps, for this stark and mysterious basin harbors hidden tarns and disappearing waterways and is surrounded by spiraling peaks. A difficult hike on steep and rocky terrain, Gothic Basin with all its rich beauty can't keep hikers away; just as it couldn't keep miners away a century ago with its lure of riches. It was those hardy folk who built this path. It has been upgraded since-somewhat. The splendor of the basin, however, can't be improved one bit. Past glaciers and the agents of erosion have left it pretty darn near to perfect.
Foggy is a starkly beautiful alpine lake. Scout the nooks and knolls surrounding it. However, while this area is indeed a harsh environment, it is also fragile. Meadows can't withstand a constant onslaught of boots. Stick to ledge and rock in your wanderings as you're enjoying this wild landscape.
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NW Forest Pass required
Please bring bags for dirty boots and $ for drivers.
From Granite Falls follow the Mountain Loop Highway east for 31 miles to Barlow Pass and park there (elev. 2360 ft). Privy available.
Please call or text with questions!