DISTANCE
16.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5,393 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

river

views

scramble

snow

hiking
26 days ago

Great hike, but you need to be prepared for the elevation gain. Just reaching the PCT camp 4 is pretty tiring then you get into a technical section with lots of road trees (20-30 fallen trees on the trail) and around 2000m elevation, you get on snow fields. At that point, we decided to get back on our tracks since the summit was not really achievable with our equipment and the loop by Lightning lake was pretty dangerous from where we were, very steep descent on unstable snow. Overall, great technical hike, I would recommend doing it around August. One thing to remember, its a long hike and you are far from help, so plan accordingly and take the decisions to ensure your safety even if you dont reach the summit. ;)
Philippe