Snowcamp on Mt. Dickerman

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Added by Scott Kranz

Snowcamp on the summit with some of the best views in the Cascade range. Enjoy views of Glacier Peak, Sloan Peak, Del Campo Peak, Morning Star, Sperry Peak, and Big Four Mountain. On a day with high visibility, also enjoy views of Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier.

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. Do not attempt this winter trip without proper knowledge, skill, and gear. Some previous winter travel and avalanche evaluation experience is helpful.

From the Mt. Dickerman trailhead, start hiking up the trail through thick old-growth forests. The first two miles of the trail are strenuous with numerous switchbacks. At approximately 4500 feet elevation, the trail reaches some meadows and flattens out, giving you a much needed break. From the meadows, start climbing once again through snowfields and forests for another 1000-1500 feet of elevation gain until you reach the summit of Mt. Dickerman where you can regain your energy, set up camp, and enjoy the views!

Driving Directions: Drive east of Granite Falls, WA on the Mountain Loop Highway. After reaching the small town of Verlot, drive another approximately 16 miles on the Mountain Loop Highway to reach the large trailhead parking lot along the north side of the highway.

Pack List

  • 10 Essentials
  • Headlamp
  • Snowcamping gear (e.g., 4-season tent or sturdy 3-season tent; very warm sleeping bag and sleeping pad; camping stove and other camping gear)
  • Snowshoes, micro-spikes, and/or ice axe (depending on snow conditions)
  • Shovel
  • Avalanche gear (depending on snow conditions and avalanche risk)
  • Northwest Forest Pass (for parking lot)
  • Food and Water
  • Rainier Beers (optional)
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Activities:

Backpacking, Camping, Chillin, Hiking, Photography, Snowshoeing

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Winter

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

8 Miles

Elev. Gain:

4000 Feet

Features:

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic

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Added by Scott Kranz

Seattle-based Adventurer, Photographer, and Writer

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