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Carpooling: I set up the official meeting place/time as written above in the event. If you cannot meet at Snohomish because it is far out of your way, please comment about what you'd like to do in terms of meeting others to carpool. I am NOT responsible for your getting to the trailhead/putting you in a carpool if you don't plan to come to my house as that is the official spot for putting together carpools. PLEASE comment if you are willing to be a driver. We may be able to fit into one larger vehicle or two vehicles. At any rate, we'll have at least two per car to share gas. I have a pass if anyone needs one for parking at the Little Wenatchee River trailhead. Basic directions: Take Highway 2 east to Cole's Corner. Turn left towards Lake Wenatchee. Drive around Lake Wenatchee and continue out that road. It turns to dirt. I believe it was well signed for the trailheads. There are other roads taking off from it so ignore those. Drive to the road end. It has some potholes the last mile or so, but it wasn't bad for my low slung Subaru.
White Chuck Road is now open which means we can get to Rat Trap Pass, Crystal Lake, and even Meadow and Fire Mountains and Emerald and Diamond Lakes! One never knows if it might flood out again so this would be my preference if we haven't made it out there earlier in the summer.
Based on the most recent TR I could find, it is five miles of road walking on Meadow Mountain Trail No. 657. Get water at that five mile point. Two miles further is the turnoff for Meadow Lake (.7 miles from intersection). Pass through trees just past there - last water source for another 3.5 miles - views and meadow after meadow begin. 3.5 miles steep descent into col and water; as you leave col best campsite on the route but no Glacier Peak view. Another 2.5- 3 miles to 1000 foot climb of Fire Mtn to old lookout site. After this, travel becomes rugged due to flooding, blowdown, etc. so it's unlikely we would go much farther. We can camp at that "best" site or look for a Glacier Peak view spot someone mentioned in a report but hard to tell where exactly. There is elevation gain along this trail - ups and downs.
On our way back, we can take the side trip of 7 miles or so roundtrip to Crystal Lake. We would spend at least two nights along the Meadow Mountain Trail and maybe one at Crystal Lake or Rat Trap Pass - lovely area with views of White Chuck Mtn. plus there are lakes up there also so our last night could be there.
My policy about splitting up: I think it is least tiring if everyone goes his/her own pace. Usually it shakes out that a couple of people are around the same pace and can check in with each other. It is good to check in with the last member of the group from time to time to be sure no-one has any injuries/issues. That would normally be me to do that so I would wait here and there without my pack on. However, I'm hoping we won't be so disparate in speeds that I'd have to wait more than 15 minutes!
These events do not include children unless specifically mentioned. I no longer have children and prefer to be with adults on this trips.
**This is not a trip for first time backpackers or for those who are not in fairly good shape as I would rate it moderately strenuous. Easy, moderate, strenuous are all relative, however. This is definitely not an easy trip!
Bring: backpacking supplies for 2 nights, money for gas to carpool drivers - it would be nice to share equipment to save weight on our backs. If you're willing and would like to share, please comment about that below in the comment section.
Carpooling: Make comments about it below!!!!