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The Best Backpacking in Gold Bar

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Top backpacking spots in and near Gold Bar

  • Granite Falls, Washington

    Walt Bailey Trail

    8.4 mi / 2579 ft gain
    Walt Bailey Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Granite Falls, Washington.
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  • Granite Falls, Washington

    Cutthroat Lakes via Walt Bailey Trail

    4.0
    6.21 mi / 1978 ft gain
    Along the Mountain Loop Highway, past the crowds crawling over Mt. Pilchuck, lies the muddy, unkempt Walt Bailey Trail into a verdant subalpine basin speckled with tiny tarns. The Cutthroat Lakes are a delightful location to spend the night with optional day hikes up to exposed ridgelines and cra...
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  • Gold Bar, Washington

    Hike to Barclay Lake

    4.4
    4.4 mi / 500 ft gain
    With less than 500 feet of total elevation and 4.4 miles of round trip hiking, the Barclay Lake trail is a perfect hike for beginners, families, or those looking for a quick morning or afternoon jaunt. Yet dont let the simplicity of the hike fool you. The end result of the hike is nothing short o...
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  • Granite Falls, Washington

    Vesper Peak Trail

    4.0
    6.59 mi / 3927 ft gain
    This hike is very strenuous, but nothing unconquerable! The views at sunset were once in a lifetime and something I will remember for the rest of my life. The first half mile or so of the trail begins in a wooded area then opens up to views of the lower valley. After hiking for about another ½ t...
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  • Granite Falls, Washington

    Hike to Mount Pilchuck Lookout

    4.8
    5.5 mi / 2200 ft gain
    Hike the well-maintained Mount Pilchuck trail through old-growth forest and boulder fields. At the top, you'll reach a lookout tower perched on Mount Pilchuck. Pilchuck sits on the western edge of the Cascades, which offers up amazing panoramic views once you reach the summit.Pilchuck is is one o...
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  • Granite Falls, Washington

    Snowshoe to Mount Pilchuck Lookout

    5.0
    5.4 mi / 2300 ft gain
    Snowshoe or hike through old-growth forest and snowfields to reach the summit of Mount Pilchuck. Along the trail you’ll catch glimpses of the phenomenal views that lie ahead. The second half of the hike emerges from the forest and snakes through both boulder and snowfields. Be mindful of where th...
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  • Granite Falls, Washington

    Hike Gothic Basin

    4.4
    9 mi / 3000 ft gain
    Looking for a hike that will make you feel like you're in a foreign landscape, but don't have to deal with that far of a drive? Then consider hiking Gothic Basin. This hike is located only 30 miles down the Mountain Loop Highway, which is nearly a hour shorter for people that live in the greater ...
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  • Granite Falls, Washington

    Gothic Basin to Foggy Lake

    4.5
    9.83 mi / 3491 ft gain
    Drive the Mountain Loop Highway to Barlow Pass and park at the pass using your Northwest Forest Pass. (In early or late season, be aware of snow conditions at the pass and, more importantly, along the trail up to Gothic Basin.) From Barlow Pass, start hiking south past the trail gate and in the ...
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  • Granite Falls, Washington

    Mt. Dickerman Summit

    7.93 mi / 3675 ft gain
    In general, this is a strenuous hike or snowshoe at approximately 8 miles round trip with nearly 4000 elevation gain. Be aware of current snow conditions and avalanche risk if heading up in the winter. Do not attempt a winter trip without proper knowledge, skill, and gear. Some previous winter tr...
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  • Gold Bar, Washington

    Winter Backpack to Blanca Lake

    7.5 mi / 3300 ft gain
    Since Blanca Lake is a very popular place for folks to explore and with the nice and sunny weekend. I drove out Friday night and slept in my Jeep. Got up at 7:30am when folks first started arriving to the trail head.A couple of things to keep in mind before you start this hike. The 7.5 miles ro...
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  • Darrington, Washington

    Camp at Goat Lake

    4.0
    10.4 mi / 1400 ft gain
    If you just loved your day hike to Goat Lake so much that you want to return and spend some more time, you're in luck - the lake offers a camping area that holds at least 15 campsites and even comes with a pit latrine. This is a great overnight option if you aren't looking for a difficult hike in...
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  • Leavenworth, Washington

    Evergreen Mountain Lookout

    4.5
    2.88 mi / 1522 ft gain
    This is a relatively short hike, at only 2.6 miles round trip, that takes you up to the nearly 5600 foot summit. The hike may be short but it is extremely steep, gaining 1300ft in the 1.3 miles to the summit, so be prepared for a good leg workout. On the way to the top you will walk through field...
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  • Granite Falls, Washington

    Backpack to North Lake via Independence Lake

    7 mi / 2200 ft gain
    North Lake is everything you could want in a subalpine lake: emerald green hues, cold, clear water, lots of brook trout and far from cell-phone reception. This backpack is perfect when the weather gets hot and sunny, though it does reside in what is known as “the wettest section of the Cascades,...
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  • North Bend, Washington

    Rainy Lake Trail

    4.0
    9 mi / 3205 ft gain
    This is an abandoned trail that heads south along Rainy Creek, off of the downstream section of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Trail, and up to Rainy Lake. The lake is popular among fisherman, since it is home to lots of trout, but be warned -- route-finding skills are a must on this trip. I do my be...
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  • Skykomish, Washington

    Hike to Lake Deer via Lake Dorothy Trailhead

    12.6 mi / 1600 ft gain
    Start off by traveling along Highway 2 and turning towards the Money Creek Campground. Turn off onto Forest Road 6410 and follow that to the Lake Dorothy Trailhead (about 9 miles).This first section of the hike can be pretty crowded on a nice summer day as the trail is very family friendly and it...
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  • Skykomish, Washington

    Backpack from Dorothy Lake Trailhead to Snoqualmie Lake

    18 mi / 1900 ft gain
    The trail was not crowded although when we got to Snoqualmie Lake there were only a couple camping spots left. The trail up from Dorothy is not too hard at all. The weather was perfect. After passing Dorothy you have to ford a creek where the bridge has been washed out. We went through it on foot...
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