WE HAVE THIS EVENT CROSS POSTED AND STILL HAVE ROOM FOR ONE MORE BACKPACKER ON THE TRIP. PLEASE READ THE DETAILS - YOU MUST BRING CRAMPONS, ICE AXE AND HAVE SELF ARREST SKILLS AS THIS TRIP REQUIRES SOME STEEP SNOW CLIMBING.
We have a permit for a group of 8 (reserved the group site). Come join us on our annual backpack to Flapjack Lakes to catch the hungry fish and then climb Gladys Mountain! Every year right after the lakes melt out, we hike up and have a blast catching all the hungry trout. So grab your fishing poles and see how many fish you can catch. You can either catch & release or bring a frying pan and make yourself dinner. Here are the details:
Day 1 (Saturday June 29th): Drive to Staircase Ranger Station and pick up our back country permit (we have a confirmed permit that we pre-paid). Begin at the North Fork Skokomish Trailhead. Hike 7.8 miles and 3200 feet elevation to Flapjack Lakes. Set up camp, enjoy the lakes and fish.
Day 2 (Sunday June 30th): Hike from Flapjack Lakes up through Gladys Divide and climb to the summit of Gladys Mountain (1500 elevation gain and 2 miles up). There will be snow travel to Gladys Mountain so you need to be experienced with ice axe, self arrest and the use of crampons. Enjoy the beautiful views. Hike back down to the lakes and do some more fishing until we are fished out. Break down camp sometime in the afternoon and head out. Total miles for day two 11.8 miles.
Pass Required to enter the park: Either annual park pass or $15 one time fee
Fishing license NOT required
Bear wire available at camp
Pit toilet available at camp
EQUIPMENT NEEDED FOR THIS TRIP:
1. All gear for an overnight backpack in the wilderness (tent, bag, pads, stove, fuel, food, water filter, rain gear, warm clothing, etc)
2. Ice axe
5. If you want to fish bring your fishing pole
6. 11 essentials
DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO THE TRAILHEAD: From Shelton travel north on US 101 for 15 miles to Hoodsport. Turn left (west) onto State Route 119, proceeding 9.3 miles to a T intersection with Forest Road 24. Make a sharp left. In 1.7 miles the pavement ends. Continue on a good gravel road (FR 24) and in 3.7 miles come to a junction. Turn right and drive 1.2 miles to the Staircase Ranger Station. Trailhead parking is on your right, across from the campground. Water and privies available.