Mileage: 23 miles RT
Elevation Gain/Highest: 2700ft/6900ft
Map: Green Trails Washington Pass No 50
Favorite Eats After Hike: 5 Bs Bakery
10/3/2015 This was a one night backpack trip at the end of the season to see the larches. The weather was perfect, even if a bit chilly when the sun went down. We started early, hiked up the Pacific Crest Trail from Rainy Pass to Cutthroat Pass about 4 miles in. Stopping briefly for the views and to chat with some mountain bikers up from the Cutthroat Lake trail that intersects at the pass, we continued north on the PCT and made it to camp by 2pm (11.5 miles in). There weren’t a lot of folks hiking in with us, I imagine that most came in the night before. The sign for Snowy Lakes is not well marked, look for a bootpath at 11.5 miles, before you get to Methow Pass. There is a camp here you can stop at if you get there late and don’t want to venture up to the lakes until day light.
We camped at the lower of the lakes to avoid the mob of people above but climbed up to a ridge in between and had dinner with the most amazing views. We went to bed early if only to stay warm and I got up early to see the sun come up behind Golden Horn. The ground was frosty and it was SO hard to get out of my nice warm sleeping bag. On the way back, I scramble up to a high point above Granite Pass and looked back at where we had had dinner the night before. The video below shows where I stood. Each video starts where I stood for the other one. The first is from above Snowy Lakes and the second Granite pass. It was fun to see the Pacific Crest Trail and remember when I was here in 2013.
Directions:From Marblemount follow the North Cascades Highway (State Route 20) east for 51 miles to Rainy Pass near milepost 158. Turn left to access the north trailhead. Elevation is 4800 feet.
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