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1 month ago

Hard Hike however it was much harder to descend down into the Napeequa valley as the trail is very steep. This would have been a lot more enjoyable later in the season because of the fire smoke and the nasty biting flies

3 months ago

Fantastic! I couldn't have asked for a better day. It was the perfect larch hike with blue skies, cool temperatures, and larches at their peak.

Best fall hike. Was some snow (on October 5th) but didn’t need traction. This week the larches should be at peek.

Really a wonderful hike. Would recommend crampons or mini spikes to get over spider glacier. Prepare for some arduous climbing, with the views are spectacular. Can't wait to do it again.

3 months ago

hiked in Cady ridge and stayed at Sally Ann lake since there is water here. we were planning to hike to white pass, but due to heavy clouds and rain we hiked down Cady creek trail. saw lots of thru hikers. even with clouds there were beautiful fall colors (Sept 21) and TONS of blueberries! beautiful hike, limited water up Cady ridge, great trail to connect to the PCT. we made it in a prius but did hit the bottom on 2 rocks.

Bridge has been repaired. Entire trail is through area devestated by 2015 fire. Almost no shade.

Amazing day, weather behaved and was cool and perfect!

We loved this trail so much wonderful things too see. We will be back for sure

August 5, 2018: Good short, steep hike with a nice 360 view at the top. The only thing worth noting is later in the hike at a grassy, open area the trail disappears, but it picks up off to the right and is easy to see with a little scanning.

5 months ago

stunning views all around! the road to get to trailhead is pretty tore up right now but still managed to get there in my audi A4 (very slowly). mosquitos were the worst I've ever experienced but the trip was still worth it. oh, the 31.1 miles is not correct, it was more like 39 miles just to be aware. definitely a tough hike. bridge at Lyman lake has been destroyed so look carefully for the poorly marked detour. theres no signs anywhere letting you know you're on the loop so know your route in advance and bring a map!

5 months ago

One of the greatest hikes I've done here in Washington.

Little overgrown in areas. Still a lot of snow at the top.

Bridge was burned and un-crossable. Be careful with dogs and kids.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Yeah, the road was different the last two miles with deep ruts. A Volvo sedan was at the TH though so its more about driving confidence and ability then anything. Seems a nice fancy Lexus SUV with plenty of clearance didnt make it to the top though.

This is a five star hike in my opinion as it has spectacular scenery and can provide a workout when climbing up towards Spider Gap. The trail is in great shape, better then the road in fact. Its a long hike but a great hike for someone wanting to cover some distance. There is a fork for Spider Gap and Phelps Basin, choose to head up towards Spider Gap and continue until there are some campsites as a turn around location. This part took about a half hour but may vary as its all up and fairly steep. The view and setting above are worth if for most.

After lunch we headed toward the basin and within five minutes we found ripe yummy blueberries! It took us about three hours to get to the split from the car and it took my two hours to get back but I had a pretty good pace going back. The hike took the seven of us about 7 hours and 45 minutes round trip with plenty of stops. The drive from Monroe took 2 hours and 45 minutes in a SUV. Add 20-30 min you dont have a larger truck and dont like driving on gravel roads.

Tuesday, September 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.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Nitty gritty: road leading up is atrocious. High clearance only, although if you do risk it, be prepared to leave some of your auto body parts behind as evidenced by them in the road along the way. Road is rutted and has sections that are more like sand dunes.

Trail itself is very low-key. Not terribly scenic, but you don't even break a sweat before you're already at the meadow. Water is plentiful along the trail, even this late in the season. Crossed a few dry creek beds but mostly there was water everywhere. Including waterfalls. It was really nice to not have to pack water for my 2 dogs.

The meadow is stunning and has gorgeous campsites. Be ambitious and research other connecting trails. They're all worth it and can be checked out in a single overnight trip.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

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

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Spider Meadow has excellent campsites and views. The trail up to Spider Gap is a steep climb, but well worth it for the chance to walk on a glacier and, to be right in there with the mountains. The wildflowers were very beautiful and abundant in the meadow. A great hike.

Monday, August 21, 2017

I started from the Little Wenatchee River TH instead of the Irving Pass TH. Although paved most of the way the road becomes increasingly narrow. 20 cars at the parking lot - mostly backpackers heading up to Meander Meadows. There is more than one trail that can be accessed shortly after the main TH. At the first Y in the trail keep right. When you come to a second intersection it will be signed Poe Mountain trail. About 3 miles and 3000ft to the top of Poe Mtn. Great views in every direction. I followed the narrow boot path along the ridge for another 2 miles to the north side of Longfellow Mtn.

Friday, March 10, 2017

This was so fun! One of my best hiking experiences of all time. An early morning sunrise pic of glacier mountain (i think). Saw lots of deer.

Monday, September 21, 2015

14.4 miles round trip was a little tough for my first major hike in years but I survived and it was beautiful!!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Reasonable hike for what you get. wildflower, large meadow, and surrounding mountain peaks. long hike, but not too difficult. get there early if you want an established campsite as they fill up quickly, especially in summer.
also, be prepared for a long, dusty, bumpy drive up to trail head.
if you are looking for a longer trip, push through spider gap to lyman lakes for even prettier views, glaciers, and more privacy.

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.

Thursday, August 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.

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Fantastic hike! The water crossings are a bit high for early July, be prepared to get wet! Recommend taking some Tevas. Still some snow on the trail too, but should be melted out soon. Will have to return for an overnight stay and get to the Gap!

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Spider meadow was amazing, but if you want a camp sight with a great view, stay at the knob just before climbing the glacier to the gap. Lyman lake also was wonderful. I recommend the side trip to image lake, you can't beat the sights, even the view from the toilet is great. Not much to see at buck Creek , but take the side trip to high pass, look outs to challenger glacier and triad lake are amazing.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Awesome hike! Left on a Friday and returned on Saturday. Hiked up Cady Ridge Trail and camped at Lake SallyAnn. Hiked out thru Meander Meadows and down Cady Creek Trail. Not many bugs, hot 84 degree day, Cady Ridge Trail is steep and a long hard climb but well worth the effort. I would not recommend this for firt time hikers or small children. Awesome 17 mile loop. Hope to do it again next summer:)

Friday, August 24, 2012

Beautiful views of many peaks. Hike right on top of the ridge. Lots of wildflowers.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Excellent hike for mountain views. Most people head straight up the Phelps Creek trail to Spider Meadow so I only saw one other person on the side trail to Carne Mountain even on a bright sunny Saturday. Starts out with switchbacks in the shade of the trees and then opens up with great views of Buck Mountain. Keep climbing and you will eventually come to a flat meadow with a creek running through it as well as a few marmots. After about another 1/4 mile you will see a sign for the Old Gib Mountain trail. Instead take the trail left until you reach the pass. Take another left for a short scramble up to the peak of Carne Mountain and endless views of snow covered peaks and green meadows.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Heaven on earth!! Just got back from an overnight and will make this a yearly treat. You just can't go wrong with a trail that offers such scenery. Waterfalls, meadows, creeks, forests, high mountain peaks, oh my!!

The trail is in excellent condition with only a few blow downs that were easy to climb over. We crossed the meadow and headed to Phelps Basin but stopped short of reaching it. The meadow is still alive with wild flowers and while the trailhead looked like a parking lot for a rock concert we encountered surprisingly few people on the trail itself.

The 25 miles on the dirt road aren't as nasty as I've read though it is certainly a bit jostling in spots. If you decide to go, don't make it a day hike you truly MUST stay the night. The bugs were a bit agressive so apply your DEET or whatever bug remedy you prefer.

This is my favorite hike and can't wait to go back and explore more.

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