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Gothic Basin Trail is a 12.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Granite Falls, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 12.5 mi Elevation gain 3,284 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Snow

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Getting There

Please note: road to trailhead may close seasonally, adding numerous miles to the trip. Passing the metal gate just south of the parking lot is where the adventure start. For about 1-1.5 miles is an old gravel road that parallels to the Sauk River. You will first pass the Monte Cristo trail head first. Keep walking until the trail comes to a fork. You will proceed to the right going into the forest until you see the trail head for "Weden Creek/Gothic Basin #724". There is also an old outhouse. Proceed past the sign for a little bit and then you will then see a large sign for the "Weeden Creek Trail". This is your destination. The trail starts off with a gentle grade incline through the sheltering forest for about a mile. A couple of small stream crossings will be passed. About 1.5 miles into the trail, a series of switchbacks (about 20) will begin. The switchbacks are moderate at first then the incline starts to ascend pretty dramatically. Leading out of the forest, you will arrive at the first major waterfall. Continue onward and upward crossing to the left of the waterfall. The trail then beings to get very rough and rocky continuing this way throughout the rest of the hike. Some of the pathway is very narrow, hugging the edge of the mountain with thick overgrowth. The final ascend into the basin is very steep amongst rocks and flat boulders. You will then arrive at Gothic Basin when you see a small lake surrounded by numerous peaks at 4.5 miles into the hike. The hike to Foggy Lake was about 20 minutes past Gothic Basin. It is probably about half a mile away with another 500 ft of additional elevation gain. There is not a clear trail to the lake. You will not see any views at the base of Gothic Basin. The higher you go, the better the views get. After reaching the top of the first ridge the view was magnificent seeing the small lake on the bottom and the different surrounding mountains/peaks. The view was worth the difficult journey. Foggy Lake is very nice. You will not see much green as it is surrounded by rock formations. This hike is mentally draining because you are constantly trekking over rocks, boulders and walking/climbing steeply over ridges without knowing if you are close to the end. However, all breathtaking views come with a challenge! *Northwest Forest Pass required*

Forest pass required at Barlow Pass parking lot. Vault toilet at parking lot. Pit toilet at the trailhead

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Darrington Ranger District 1405 Emens Avenue North Darrington, WA 98241 (360) 436-1155

Directions from Verlot: Travel east on Mt. Loop Hwy. 19.5 miles. Park at Barlow Pass and proceed on foot for 1.7 miles on the Monte Cristo Road. The trailhead is on the right.

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Tyler Sipress
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BackpackingRocky

This trail is amazingly beautiful. It is rated hard, but should be difficult, or more. The severity of the hike does depend on the size of your pack, but it is still extremely difficult a lot of the way. We backpacked up and stayed overnight. It was not too crowded, as it is extremely difficult to get to the top with a heavy pack. The reward for this hike is incredible. We hike in the afternoon, set up and made dinner. In the morning, we woke up and explored at the top until around 10. I highly suggest exploring up at the top, as there are amazing views up there. Bring PLenty if water, or brink a small filtration system, kadadyne, lifestraw, etc. you could save on weight and only bring one water bottle, and a filter of some sort. Overall this hike was an incredible experience, and taught my 11 year old son some life lessons, as he hiked with us, and carried a 25lb pack.

Eric Onnen
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Hiking
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Andrew Swanson
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Hiking

Extremely difficult hike at times, but oh so worth it! We spent 1 night by Foggy Lake and carried 30lb packs and agreed it was the hardest hike we've done, but also one of the most beautiful. There are near-vertical parts towards the end where the trail just turns into giant rocks, so some scrambling and strategic stepping is necessary. So many great views and surreally symmetric waterfalls on the way up. Once you get to the first lake of the basin your jaw will drop!

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Ian Winchester
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Roman Wood
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Hiking

BRING EXTRA WATER and a Sawyer/life straw, I had to end up giving the last of my store bought water to a couple that ran out. I had my Sawyer and used it. Very hard! a chunk of the labeled hard hikes are moderate this should have been listed as expert. Lots to scramble and got lost on the way back down from foggy lake. Not sure why it is listed as heavily trafficked, didn't see that many ppl on it. You will really kick yourself for hitting the Gothic Pass and not continuing to the lake, even if you think you can't make it like I did. My phone/watch said I did about 38,500 steps or about 16miles.

Larry Subramanian
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Hiking

Breathtaking views at the top of the Gothic Basin trail makes up for the strenuous hike. Most of the hike is at an incline over a rocky terrain, but aside from hiking boots no other gear is necessary. Some waterfalls, all easily crossable. No snow when I hiked this trail which is common during the later part of the summer. There are plenty of vantage points once you are at the top to view different peaks and parts of the valley, and plenty little bodies of water to dive in to, especially on a warm day. There is a small path to the right when you are at the top that leads to a small mine...this path also has the best view of the basin below. Took me almost 8 hours round trip...3.5 hours to get to the top, 1 hour at the top, 3 hours to come down. Mileage is accurate, around 12 miles round trip. I recommend bringing lots of water and also wearing bug spray. Have fun!

Udaybhanu Mohapatra
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Hiking
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Sai Giridhar Tata
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I went to this hike on 7/26. It took me approx. 7 hours up and down apart from the time I spent enjoying the beauty at the top. The trail is really hard. Starting 2.5 mile mark, we start to get amazing views of nearby mountains. There are about 4-5 creeks that we pass which is still covered with snow. After reaching the top, approx. 0.5 miles to the basin is also covered in snow. The snow at the top demands a snow shoe. May be in coming weeks the snow will melt further. But it felt nice to glide down the snow. I would highly recommend a lot of water, ORS solutions, energy bars. I absolutely loved it and would highly recommend this hike.

Zoë Devon
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Jenna Starkey
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Hiking

My friend passed away hiking this Friday, July 24th. He fell down into an ice cave and boulders fell on top of him. PLEASE BE CAREFUL

Rabi Asghar
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Hiking

Incredible hike - well worth it! I now want to return for those beautiful campsites at the top. The snow is almost gone except for the last 0.5 mile ascent. It was fun to glissade back down. some tips: bring sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses (for the sun reflecting off the snow at the top), poles, and microspikes. You'd be fine without them, but it makes the trip more enjoyable.

Kaylie Woods
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Andrea Snyder
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Wish we could have pushed to the peak but we had a pup with us that wouldn’t make it. Fun glissading and self arrest practice

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Greg S
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Loose G.
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HikingSnow

Hiked Friday July 10th Easy drive, the trailhead is right where the unpaved portion of the mountain loop begins. The trail follows an old road but narrows after a mile and becomes steeper. There are a few stream crossing to deal with but nothing serious. At 4 miles in the snow began, with it becoming constant at 4.4 miles. My Microspikes were great to have here, but my friend didn't have anything and was fine. The trail through the snow was obvious, just be careful where you step as the snow is melting fast. A finaI note, I had my athletic 55lb Catahoula mix with me and he made it to Gothic Basin just fine. Enjoy the hike! The views are worth the price!

Robert Barassa
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Hike this on Monday, July 6, 2020, and it was amazing at the top. The road there is not pot hole central so that was a plus. The hike had lots of flowers that im not familiar with since I'm from Texas. But they were the white ones, red ones, and purple ones. Lots of waterfalls and snow for sure. Didn't see any wildlife. Foggy Lake is still frozen and was foggy as well.lol Recommend hiking poles, microspikes, and bug spray. Didn't make it to Gothic Peak since I got to Foggy Lake at 5pm and used the remainder of sunlight to get to my car on the way back down. I also would probably need crampons and an ice axe for Gothic Peak. I would highly recommend this hike but be careful crossing the waterfalls that have snow covered over them. They are melting and can be dangerous. I enjoyed the fake summit with 4 other people on a Monday. Lastly, some off trails towards the end but not as bad as Blanca Lake were your modifying the trail to get to Blanca Lake.

Anusha Srivastava
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Flat for the first like mile or two then a pretty steep climb up, but cool waterfalls and amazing views on the way up. The snow is melting at the top so be careful about stepping near holes since you will posthole pretty easily right over streams. Recommend crampons or poles- basin was super cool and well worth the hike. Bring a GPS or map because there are conflicting bootpaths and certain paths definitely won’t support hikers as the snow starts to melt

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