Mileage: 8.2 miles RT
Elevation Gain/Highest: 2800ft/5400ft
Map: Green Trails Lake Shannon No. 46 & Mt. Shuksan No. 14
10/28/2016 I was able to skip work today, the one sunny day in a week of rainies (not sure that’s a word but it stays). This hike had been on my list for awhile, you can probably guess why. Pretty sure it’s one of my new favorites.
It starts out tame on an old forest road then heads up on a climber’s route at 3900ft on a path of roots and rocks. It needs some serious water bars, most of the trail is just a river of water. Pretty trenched.
You pop out on the ridge at 4500ft and it’s just view after view.
The national park boundary is at about 4900ft.
The pass in front of you just calls, so you finish your climb and it is all worth it.
We went left for a bit through 1-2ft of snow to 5400ft and found a lovely perch for lunch. I tried scrambling a bit further but soft snow made it a bit sketchy so I headed back down. I will definitely be returning.
P.S. The only other people we saw today were 3 hunters so be careful out there.
Directions: Follow HWY 20 east from Sedro Wolley. Turn left on the Baker Lake HWY (FS 11) and drive about 24 miles to the Shannon Creek Campground. Turn left on FR 1152. The road goes 3.5 miles then turns right onto FR1152-014. TH is 1.5 miles ahead. Vault toilet and picnic tables. NW Forest Pass needed.