Join me for a one-way hike on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) from Chinook Pass to the Crystal Mountain Ski Area. Start high and stay high all day!
After leaving some cars at the ski area, we will make the scenic drive on Hwy 410 to Chinook Pass on the east boundary of Mount Rainier National Park. We then hike northbound on the PCT to pretty Sheep Lake, then up meadows to Sourdough Pass at 6,500', our high point for the day. Then a short side trip into MRNP for lunch with a spectacular view of Crystal Lakes. With most of the uphill hiking behind us, we traverse the nearly level trail to Bear Gap and on to Bullion Basin for the descent to the ski area. We will have to drive back up to Chinook Pass to fetch our cars. Ice cream cones in Greenwater on the drive home.
Stats: 9 miles with 1,500' elevation gain, and a net LOSS of 1,000'. Moderate social pace. Expect about 5 hours of hiking.
Bring your 10 Essentials (see PAGES tab). No blue jeans (cotton kills!) or tennis shoes (sprained ankles).
Hey everyone, it ain't summer anymore and the days are shorter, so bring extra warm clothes and raingear. Rain cancels this trip.
If you RSVP YES and then decide you can't come, please change your RSVP to NO as soon as possible, so that others can move off the waitlist and join us. Please don't be a chronic No-Show!
All participants must be members - no guests - no exceptions. No dogs.
Carpool passengers should compensate drivers for gas costs ($15 suggested).
Drivers who park at Chinook Pass will need a NW Forest Service Parking Pass.
Meet at the Renton Park & Ride on I-405 Exit 2 at 7am. It is at the corner of Grady and Shattuck about 1 block north of the freeway. Head north into Renton on Rainier Ave. Turn right at the first traffic light onto Grady Way eastbound. Turn left onto Shattuck Ave. If you can't find a place to park just double park near the entrance and we will find a place nearby. We will carpool to the trailhead.
Questions: Steve Crouch 425.830.0109
Disclaimer: I am not a professional guide and do not have certified training or insurance. As you are aware, inherent hazards and risks are associated with hiking and all other physical activity. You are responsible for your own safety and health. I am not in charge of this hike, I’m merely going on a hike myself and inviting others to join me.