Twisp Pass – 08-28-2013

Mountaineers hike up to Twisp Pass. August and raining in the Twisp River valley. I was unprepared (no rain pants) for this much rain on the east side of the cascades. My shoes and socks were soaked at the point we turned around. Returned to Mazama to dry out and try a lower, drier hike further east later the same day.

Participants include Nicole Hansen (leader), Tom Davis, Lisa Grayson, Bobbie Laue and Sonja Janysek.

Twisp Pass – 08-28-2013 (Fullscreen Slideshow)

References:

  • Green Trails Stehekin No. 82
  • Day Hiking: North Cascades, by Craig Romano, Twisp Pass

Glorious in autumn when golden larches set the hills aglow and crimson blue-berry bushes light the meadows on fire, this dramatic portal into the North Cascades National Park makes a fine summer destination as well. During those warmer months enjoy alpine floral displays with glacier lilies, phlox, lupine, and paintbrush stealing the show. And while Twisp Pass in itself is a worthy objective, consider pushing farther. Drop down to Dagger Lake or wander a couple of miles of spectacular, open high country to explore polished granite shelves, remote grassy benches, and quiet hidden tarns.

Driving Directions
From Twisp follow the Twisp River Road west for 24.6 miles. The road is signed “Twisp River Recreation Area” and becomes Forest Road 44 at 10.8 miles, and becomes FR 4440 at the pavement’s end at 18 miles. Turn right at the “Twisp Pass Trail” sign and in 0.1 mile come to a large parking lot and horse unloading area (elev. 3600 ft). Privy available. Trailhead GPS coordinates (48.4586,-120.5675) National Forest Service parking pass required.

Hiking Stats:
4.23 miles, 845 ft. gain, 2 hrs 12 min.

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