Little Giant Pass

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Little Giant Pass is a 19 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Leavenworth, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from August until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

19.0 miles
6,856 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips




wild flowers

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Steep much of the way this trail is fairly difficult. However, the 5 star views from the top looking across at Clark Mt, Glacier Peak, Buck Mt, and down at the gorgeous Napeequa River Valley are totally worth it. You must ford the knee high Chiwawa river right from the beginning just after the trail-head - I wore sandals to start out and then put on socks / hiking shoes after the crossing. The first mile starts off dusty and easy on the feet. Enjoy it while it lasts before the elevation kicks in. The trail drops down a few hundred feet which you will need to regain. Next enter a burn zone from a past forest fire followed by a large bolder ridge and what I call cairn city (cairns every 15 ft) then back into the brush to climb some more. Finally switchback through beautiful open meadows until you reach the pass. I only came across a few other hikers on the trail along with a few hunters. About 4 hrs up and 2 hrs down. The trail-head had a sign that stated no pass required for parking but I always have one anyway.