Northern Loop Trail is a 30.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Parkwood, WA that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is accessible from July until September.
Dick Creek Camp lies at 4,080 feet next to the Carbon Glacier moraine. Two miles north and 1,440 feet below Dick Creek camp the trail reaches the completion of the Northern Loop. At this fork the right side leads to Yellowstone Cliffs Camp. The left side of the fork crosses the Carbon River and returns to the starting point at Ipsut Creek.
this was an amazing hike. i love to power hike. i did the 40 miles in 1 day 10 hours with a backpack that weighed in at 49 pounds :). this was one of my favorite power hikes ever, i started at sunrise at 8am and started on my long 21 mile journey to Cataract valley. beautiful flowers everywhere, i loved the openness of the fields. this is like a mini wonderland it has so many ups and downs through the entire loop. when i came to Yellowstone cliffs i saw a mamma bear playing with her cub out in the field. they looked at me and just walked away :). finally made it to Cataract valley at 9pm and camped there. day 2 - got up at 8am, packed up and headed on my way back to sunrise on the south side of the loop, had some lunch at Mystic lake and then was back on my way. i got lucky and had both days be 100% sunny, finally made it back to sunrise at 6pm.
One of the best!