Expect amazing wildlife as well. Log in and send us From US 2 at Coles Corner, turn north onto SR 207. Mountaineers Books is a registered trademark of The Mountaineers®, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Campsites: Buck Creek Pass & Louis Creek Basin & Napeequa Valley meadow. From the Napeequa Ford junction the trail closely follows the river upstream as it meanders lazily along the smooth valley floor. From the east, the Napeequa River ford can be reached by an eight-mile hike with 4,300 feet of gain over Little Giant Pass. Once in the river valley we would head west to Tenpeak Mountain before an exit via Thunder Basin. ISBN: 0898868688 9780898868685: OCLC Number: 51944350: Notes: Includes index. Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Entiat Ranger District. The falls are 9 1/2 miles from the trailhead via this route, but this also involves climbing 4000 feet in the first 4 1/2 miles, then dropping down another 2000 feet in the next 2 miles. A very challenging one-way shuttle trip. updates, images, or resources. To ascend to High Pass, cross the creek and look for a cut branch that sometimes has flagging tied to it at the edge of the uphill trees about 50 yards north of the waterfall. Glacier Peak Wilderness, Wenatchee River Ranger District (OWNF). Little Giant Pass is home to one of the finest views in Washington State: the sight of the Napeequa River, winding its lazy way through the perfect U-shaped valley left by receding glaciers that cling wearily to the surrounding heights and feed the silver ribbon beneath your feet. Day 1: Trailhead at Trinity to Buck Creek Pass Day 4 – Napeequa Valley … In either case, be aware of the hunting season and the forecast. Self-issue at trailhead (no fee). Drive 10.3 miles to the trailhead at the road's end (2,300 ft). The group descends to the Napeequa Valley, crosses the Napeequa River and hikes upstream to the headwaters. The Napeequa River Trail begins far from any trailhead at a signed three-way junction where the Boulder Pass and Little Giant Pass trails meet at the Napeequa River ford. The descent down … The falls are 9 1/2 miles from the trailhead via this route, but this also involves climbing 4000 feet in the first 4 1/2 miles, then dropping down another 2000 feet in the next 2 miles. Day 4 – Napeequa Valley … You can improve or add to this guidebook entry, Washington Trails Association updates, images and resources. Day 3: Napeequa Valley to Little Giant Pass. Info Approaching the Napeequa River Trail from any direction requires a strenuous hike. The route to the pass is lined with flower-covered meadows, giant old growth trees and views of granite-spired Clark Mountain and the White Mountains. Follow the NFN up towards High Pass - there is no maintained trail and some route-finding may be necessary. Brushy in places, but serviceable, follow this about 3.5 miles downstream to the junction with the Boulder Pass Trail. The way is generally flat and alternates between grassy meadows and dense slide alder. Descend into the Napeequa, ford the Napeequa River, and climb up to Boulder Pass. The climb to Boulder Pass was people free, and I enjoyed fine weather along with this solitude as I surveyed my next destination, the Napeequa Valley and river crossing. Our route went: White River to Boulder Pass trail to the Napeequa, Little Giant Pass to the Chiwawa River, Chiwawa River road and Phelps Creek to Spider Gap and Lyman Lakes, Cloudy Pass to Suiattle Pass and the Pacific Crest Trail, PCT southbound to Indian Pass and return to White River via Indian Creek. In 4 miles, bear left onto North Shore Road, continue  6.2 miles, and turn right onto Forest Road 6400 (White River Road). There were even more switchbacks above a lovely basin. There can be a challenging … There are no trails into the valley. From the west, the Napeequa River ford is approached via Boulder Pass which requires a 12-mile hike with 4,250 feet of elevation gain. Yvonne Prater joins the Hesseys for a five-day trip into the Napeequa Valley via Boulder Creek. A trip to Boulder Pass is 23.4 miles round trip with 4,000 feet of elevation gain. The shortest approach is to take the Little Giant Pass Trail to the Napeequa Valley Trail and follow it upstream to the falls. Log in and send us Backpack - Napeequa Valley via Little Giant Pass. I wouldn't recommend any of these for June hiking, though. Read on for the full account of our trip, accompanied by lots of photos. Kyle Pomraning. The view of Ten Peak from Glacier Peak The Map of our route at Boulder Creek that comes into the Napeequa Valley where the Little Giant Pass trail enters the valley. Shortly before reaching the Napeequa River, the Napeequa River Trail is reached. The route to the pass is lined with flower-covered meadows, giant old growth trees and views of granite-spired Clark Mountain and the White Mountains. From US 2 at Coles Corner, turn north onto SR 207. Seattle, WA 98104. Day 4: Little Giant Pass to Trailhead at Chiwawa River Crossing. The Mountaineers®, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. you can take at this route/place. Helping people explore, conserve, learn about, and enjoy the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. A nearby gravel bar provided a welcome campsite for the night—much to the chagrin of two other campers who apparently thought they had reserved the entire valley for themselves. The Napeequa River is a 19 mile (31 km) long river[1] in the U.S. state of Washington on the east side of the Cascade Range. Hiking trails enter the valley via Boulder Pass and Little Giant Pass, crossing the White Mountains and Chiwawa Ridge respectively. Description: 256 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 22 cm: Contents: The plan was to go up and over Boulder Pass before descent to the Napeequa river. Fording the Napeequa the first time, Boulder Pass to High Pass 9/1-9/6/20 The rest of the day we slowly made our way up through the brushy trail to the confluence of the Napeequa and High Pass Creek, where we found an excellent campsite, probably used by hunters for generations. The Napeequa River is a 19 mile (31 km) long river[1] in the U.S. state of Washington on the east side of the Cascade Range. Awesome views and amazing wilderness. The Napeequa River Trail begins far from any trailhead at a signed three-way junction where the Boulder Pass and, From the east, the Napeequa River ford can be reached by an eight-mile hike with 4,300 feet of gain over Little Giant Pass. Mar 3, 2012 - Boulder Pass on the Pacific Crest Trail detour through the Napeequa Valley, 23 Jun 2005 The Boulder Pass and Little Giant Pass trails lead to the Naapeequa Valley, one of the most awesome, revered and wildest valleys in the state. Mar 3, 2012 - Boulder Pass on the Pacific Crest Trail detour through the Napeequa Valley, 23 Jun 2005 Day 4: Little Giant Pass to Trailhead at Chiwawa River Crossing. We hiked down-valley 1.5 miles to the Boulder Pass Trail junction (3.8 hours from Camp 2). That is a trail that crosses Boulder Pass and goes down to the Napeequa. Head directly uphill on a path that has been cut through the slide alder and thank the last person who brought a tool to clear it. Push on and remain near the east side of the river and you’ll soon be through. There are no trails into the valley that do not cross a high pass. The Mountaineers teaches skills and leads outdoor activities The Napeequa River Trail can be approached via either Boulder Pass or Little Giant Pass. Look for pedestrian paths and patches of old tread to continue alongside the river (the trail does not cross the river and it's been a long time since it's been maintained) for another 0.1 miles until you arrive at the creek draining the large valley below High Pass. The trudge to Boulder Pass took over an hour. This includes side trips, extensions Tax ID: 27-3009280. They descend to the Napeequa Valley, cross the river, and hike upstream to the headwaters. The crossing of Louis Creek along the way is memorable, with waterfalls above that are impressive. Hike the Boulder Pass Trail to Boulder Pass (6,300 ft) and into the Napeequa Valley (4,400 ft to 5,000 ft) for a 37-mile round trip backpack with 6,500 feet of elevation gain, heading northwest along the river to Louis Creek or heading southeast long the river to reach Little Giant Pass for a longer trip. You can go around the east side of Glacier Peak (either via Boulder Pass, the Napeequa Valley and High Pass or the PCT detour via Boulder Pass, Little Giant Pass, the Chiwawa River Road and Buck Creek Pass) but not the west side from the upper White Chuck River to the Suiattle River. Follow this 6+ miles and 3700 feet up to the pass. September is the best time to visit and October can be pleasant. While strolling around Boulder Pass, Marion describes the importance of wilderness forests for providing pure water and moderating stream runoff. Log in and send us Summit: Liberty Cap (ascent & descent via West Slope) Summit: Napeequa Mountain (ascent & descent via Northeast Ridge—East Face) Summit: Buck Mountain (ascent & descent via West Slope—West Face) Approximate Stats: 35 miles traveled; 11,700 feet gained; 11,900 feet lost. As you near the northwestern end of the valley, approx 1 mile NW of Louis Creek, look for the North Fork of the Napeequa (NFN) heading north to High Pass. For the truly adventurous, continue upstream and uphill along the Napeequa River to its headwaters in the valley below Butterfly Glacier. They descend to the Napeequa Valley, cross the river, and hike upstream to the headwaters. We hiked down-valley 1.5 miles to the Boulder Pass Trail junction (3.8 hours from Camp 2). Once in the river valley we would head west to Tenpeak Mountain before an exit via Thunder Basin. A nearby gravel bar provided a welcome campsite for the night—much to the chagrin of two other campers who apparently thought they had reserved the entire valley for themselves. It rises in northwest Chelan County and flows southwest into the White River near Twin Lakes. A day hike to Little Giant Pass is 10 miles round trip with 4,000 feet of elevation gain. Not seeing a title that fits your trip? Doug had been interested in seeing Boulder Pass for several years, since we saw it from Little Giant Pass across the Napeequa Valley, so he bit at the chance to head up the Boulder Creek. (Alternately one could leave the Napeequa valley via the Honeycomb Glacier High Route and reach the Crest Trail at Red Pass.) Views of the steep glacier carved walls of Chiwawa Ridge above you are contrasted by the rugged glaciated Clark Mountain Massif across the valley. Yvonne Prater joins the Hesseys for a five-day trip into the Napeequa Valley via Boulder Creek. Many backpackers bushwhack from or to High Pass/Triad Lake just north of the headwaters of the Napeequa. Travel up the Napeequa Valley on the Boulder Creek/Pass Trail (#1562). One and a half miles upvalley you’ll pass an excellent campsite just before crossing Louis Creek. Log in and send us Day 2: Buck Creek Pass to Napeequa Valley via High Pass. The Napeequa valley is a unique North Cascades destination, as one must hike over a pass to then descend into the valley, there is no hiking up from down valley like most mountain trips. Tax ID: 27-3009280. Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Even from the heights one can tell the Napeequa is a special place, a broad plain with a wandering yet consistent river that is green without being overgrown with brush and trees. Make time to enjoy the final plunge of Louis Creek toward the Napeequa River, and yes, many more falls hide out of view above for those willing to ascend the tangled slide alder along Louis Creek. Together these have kept the Napeequa River a quiet place with few visitors. Looking upon it will leave one with a sense of awe and breathlessness, though the lack of oxygen might be from the fact that the Napeequa River is protected on all sides by steep walls and glaciated peaks requiring over 4,000 feet of elevation gain just for a view. While strolling around Boulder Pass, Marion describes the importance of wilderness forests for providing pure water and moderating stream runoff. Hike the Little Giant Pass Trail to Little Giant Pass (6,400 ft) and into the Napeequa Valley (4,400 ft to 5,000 ft) for a 24-mile round trip backpacking trip with 6,400 feet of elevation gain. At Boulder Pass, Marion describes the importance of wilderness forests. Visit four stunning high passes--Buck Creek, High, Boulder and Little Giant; and the rarely visited Napeequa Valley. The plan was to go up and over Boulder Pass before descent to the Napeequa river. 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