Explore the most popular Camping trails in Glacier Peak Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
3 months ago

Matt and me did this as one day push, 55 km (34 miles) in 20.5 hours C2C on September 19. Unfortunately the glacier route was out so we took the scrambles route up Disappointment Peak which was tedious. Snow didn’t help but made everything even more slippery and unstable. On the way down however it seemed to make things easier. Cool Glacier is a serious glacier, lots of crevasses this late in the season. Earlier in the season though the glacier route is a much quicker option and of course way more aesthetic. This can definitely be done in a long day if you are fit and especially if the glacier route is in. We could have probably shaved 1.5-2 hours. Lots if water sources. I must say this was my least favourite of the 5. Ig @twooutofthree

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Great hike! Definitely would do it again! Hidden gem! The drive up was a little over grown and muddy. Would not take a van or small car to get up there! Starting off it was good. Got stuck a few times in the mud. About a mile in you’ll get to falls that are split into two. From there you keep on trailing, pass a small creek, up a mountain and you’ll get to a berry field. Definitely picture perfect! Past the berry patch is a Rocky Mountain face. (You could say two) You’ll hear falls off to the right side and there will be a small lake at the bottom of it. (Wasn’t sure how to get to that area). Keep on rock scrambling! We ended up following the river because we couldn’t find the trail after this part. We sat next to a little pond and had lunch. We completely lost the trail at this point. We searched and searched for it but only found goat trails. Will definitely go back up to try to find the lake!

hiking
4 months ago

Trail quality in the alpine is very poorly marked and the trail is not defined. This place is much better to go earlier in the summer when the majority of the hike is done on firm late-season snow. Once the snow is gone it leaves behind a repulsive landscape with an extremely poorly marked and poorly made trail. Disappointment Peak scramble isn’t good or fun. It’s just a pile of loose rocks all the way up. Final summit push is featureless slogging. Glad to have this peak in the bag. Never going back.

hiking
blowdown
over grown
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Around 38 miles rt actually with the gain close to 10700 with ascending/descending

hiking
bugs
icy
muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
5 months ago

Hands down, my favorite backpacking experience. 3-man crew, 5 days, 4 nights. Day 1, we parked our car in the lot at the south end of Chelan, took the ferry to the Lucerne dock, and paid for a bus ride up to Holden Village where he was a light lunch before hitting the trail. We paid Holden for the food and hospitality. They were extremely friendly and accommodating. We covered about 7.5 miles through light rain. We kept up a pretty good pace and gained a decent amount of elevation Some of the switchbacks approaching Lower Lyman Lake were exhausting. Definitely a tough hike. When we were able to see through the clouds we were treated to spectacular views of waterfalls, mountains, and of course, Hart Lake. The trail crossed streams several times, so we able to filter and refill. Never felt short on water. We spent our first night at Lower Lyman Lake, arriving just before dark. Even through the cloud cover, the lake was absolutely gorgeous. There were several unoccupied primitive campsites and a well-maintained pit-toilet. Signage was quite good, all along the way. Bugs were only an issue at dusk and dawn, but a bug headnet is a must. Day 2, we day-hiked up to Cloudy Gap where we took some time to relax, read, eat lunch, and enjoy the meadows, wildlife, and incredible views. We were able to see all the way past Upper Lyman Lakes to Spider Glacier and Spider Gap. Truly breathtaking. We hiked back to camp in the afternoon, packed up, and hoofed it up to Upper Lyman Lakes. We managed to snag a wonderful, central, primitive campsite near another well-maintained pit-toilet. The sun set and the moon rose magnificently, right through Spider Gap. Quite a surreal show (which would be repeated every night we spent at Upper Lyman). The evening was punctuated by the sound of distant rockfalls every hour or so. No threat to our campsite. Seriously cool, though. Day 3, we explored the glacial basin, enjoying the meadows, streams, bright-blue lakes, trees, and of course, the glacier itself. Walking up to Spider Glacier was a humbling experience. Don't let the perspective from the north end of the basin fool you. It is HUGE. Day 4, we hiked up to Spider Gap. Once again, the hike looked trivial from our campsite, but between the gain, the snowpack, and the cold, it was a pretty decent climb. The beginning of the incline was the rockiest part of our entire trip. Trail is marked only by stone cairns, so keep your eyes peeled. Take it slow and give your other hikers plenty of space. As for the snowpack itself, it was definitely a bit treacherous. We had to take it very slow, making sure our footholds were strong. If you were to start sliding, you'd probably wind up a couple hundred feet below where you wanted to be with a sore butt. Poles and/or spikes highly recommended. Our rubber-soled boots made for a tough time. Finally, we made it to the Gap. There's a sweet satisfaction to looking over all of the ground you've covered from a significantly higher vantage point. The view of Upper Lyman and Cloudy Gap is breathtaking. We lunched in the Gap, then hiked back down to camp, packed up, and were able to make it all the way down to Hart Lake for our final night. It was tough to find an unoccupied campsite at Hart, but we were able to track one down, some ways from the trail. Day 5, we hiked back to Holden, took the bus to the ferry, the ferry to the parking lot, and the car back to Seattle in time for dinner. A challenging hike, but an experience for a lifetime. Worth every bead of sweat and mosquito bite. Not easy to get to, but that makes it all the more satisfying to complete.

hiking
bugs
scramble
snow
5 months ago

Glacier peak is not one for the faint of heart. The first part of the trail meanders pleasantly for a while through the forest, as it rapidly starts gaining it pops you out to some beautiful views of the cascades and kinda mellows out again. Once you’re out of the forest however, there is basically zero shade (so bring a sun hat on a clear day). There is plenty of water on the trail so no worries on needing to pack a crazy amount in! The hike from camp to the summit is pretty pleasant and pretty mild in my opinion; for a volcano at least lol. This is definitely a 3-4 day hike though. we did it in two - 23 miles in one day may have made me a tad sour. All around incredible views everywhere once you were out of the woods. Awesome climb, well worth doing. A little to long for my liking

backpacking
no shade
off trail
scramble
snow
6 months ago

I did this 3 weeks ago in the middle of July by myself over 3 days. Kelsie Heck described it pretty well below. The last mile is hiking with crampons up the glacier and it's very strenuous. I think it's best to start that section early in the morning. I wish I'd had different shoes for the hike back as my boots filled with snow and once they got wet my feet blistered. Lots of sunscreen for sure and big hat. If you're filtering glacier water the silt will clog your filter quickly. I had clear weather and the views were great. I left my pack for the trip to the top and marmots tore a hole in it going for the sweat salt. On a Wednesday-Thursday there we're only about a dozen hikers going for the summit, but on Friday heading back the trail got pretty busy.

Only went as far as the fire lookout on the ridge. Snow starts at ridgeline where the lookout and image lake trails split. Clear and tidy otherrwise!

backpacking
Sun Jul 29 2018

backpacking
Tue Sep 12 2017

Great trail, camps spread out before you start the steeper grade at 7 mi.. Buck creek pass is a further 3 miles with some 2000 feet additional elevation gain. From the trailhead to the pass it's 10 miles and around 3300 feet in elevation gain. From the pass the views are spectacular. Definitely will be going back. On top I saw 2 camps but if you don't hike with extra water you would want to re-supply water at buck creek a half a mile back toward the trailhead. I could easily spend a full day up at buck creek pass doing side trails and climbing. The weather on top was deteriorating pretty fast and the camps are fairly exposed so while I was there so I hiked the mile and a half further to Small Creek and camped there. If you have several days to play with take a good look at the map. There is a lot of good hiking around in the area. Ran into 2 guys who had gone from the phelps trailhead which makes a loop. This trail also hooks into section k of the pct. On a side note next time I will be staying the night at one of the camps before the grade and hiking up to the pass the next day to give myself a full day up top.

As good as it gets! Great hike up to bucks pass

hiking
Thu Aug 22 2013

I'm guessing it was almost 10 miles from the trailhead at Trinity just to get to Buck Creek Pass and then another 4+ miles to the High Pass area so I think it is closer to 14 miles just one way - a little far for most people to do as a day hike. The Buck Creek stretch through the trees was nice and the incline was gradual but the High Pass section is what makes it all worth it. Offers great views of green meadows, jagged peaks, and some of the best views of Glacier Peak that you will find. A loop version of the trail connecting over to Spider Meadow is a popular alternative, but I didn't have the time to do so. I hiked to Buck Creek Pass on day 1 - there were several campsites to choose from and a stream that offered the main water source. I hiked up to High Pass on day 2 - the trail starts off with some gradual switchbacks around Liberty Cap and offers great views of Glacier Peak and the meadows to the west. Almost all of the High Pass trail provides unobstructed views (no shade either). As you get to the first pass, you will be treated with views to the east of Fortress, Chiwawa Mtn etc. From that point on the trail switches back and forth along the edge of a high ridge. I made it to the north side of Triad Lake where the views are amazing. One of my favorite hikes so far. I spent another night at the same campsite before heading out on day 3.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

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