Go west on the Boundary Trail as it loops around and up to Apex Pass (7,300 ft) and your first views of Cathedral Peak two miles to the northwest. Pano from Upper Cathedral Lake. However, Cathedral Pass has more "wow" factor. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September. Everything from hiking/climbing trips, photography trips, speaking engagements, art shows, new products, events, etc. The back of Apex Mountain sweeps away into the distance – reminiscent of Annapurna or the back of Half-Dome. ... Next was Cathedral Pass at 7,400. This entry was posted in Backpacking, Pasayten Wilderness, Trip Reports on November 2, 2008 by brett. You’ll start and end at the Thirtymile trailhead on the Chewuch River out of Winthrop. Trail, USFS - Okanogan & Wenatchee National Forest Office. Pasayten Wilderness The Pasayten Wilderness is a 531,539 acres (215,106 ha) protected area located within Okanogan National Forest and Mount Baker National Forest in Washington state, centered on the Three Forks (48°54′02″N 120°38′01″W) of the Pasayten River, a tributary of the Similkameen River. The eastern Pasayten is better known for its rounded peaks than its jagged summits. I'm playing it cool, trying a new approach, only shooting what I think is the odd stuff. It has been a while since I have posted to here – just over a year! It’s a gentle and stark beginning to a long trek. ... Larch Pass Loop: Day 3: Peeve Pass to East Fork Pasayten. Many loop hikes and backpacking trips can be done from this area as well. Any way you cut it, the walk into Cathedral Lakes and Cathedral Peak is going to be a 40-plus-mile roundtrip jaunt, but the pilgrimage into the Pasayten Wilderness and to this peak sitting near the American-Canadian boundary is a prize worth the endeavor. After untold numbers of stops for more picture taking, we arrived at the pass. This is a difficult loop trail to Cathedral Pass in Pasayten Wilderness. Tungsten Mine. It was so beautiful that we all agreed to spend the night here. 5.0. Reaching for a new technique. Here's what is keeping me busy. Difficult. DIFFICULT 16.9 mi. Having hiked the Horseshoe Basin and Cathedral Pass Loop, I think that the Horseshoe Basin gives you more bang for your buck and fewer miles in uninteresting forested valley floor. Taking in Upper Cathedral Lake. Amphitheater Mountain, Cathedral Pass, Cathedral Peak. Both are clearly worth doing, and I think I will be returning to the Cathedral area in autumn at a future date. ... Cathedral Pass is also the highest spot on the PNT. Cathedral Pass Loop Pasayten Wilderness, WA September 5-9, 2016. The still evening waters of the lake reflect the scenes well. (Image from 2009.) Not pointing the camera at everything that comes along. The trail spans the width of the Pasayten Wilderness and is part of the much larger Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail. There are almost 150 peaks over 7,500 feet in elevation, 160 bodies of water, many turbulent rivers and creeks that have carved sharp canyons with sheer rock walls. I'm likewise hoping to do an eastern Pasayten loop this summer/fall. Man, I wish I'd shot some images of my campsite last night. The trail from Louden lake hugs the 7000 ft contour for most of the way. 3. Pasayten Loop 2016 Read More. The Cathedral Slam is a multiday backpacking loop with breathtaking views that allows you to summit 4 of Washington's top 100 mountains (Apex, Amphitheatre, Cathedral, and Remmel). 4. This loop is over 50 miles and starts from the Cathedral Driveway Trailhead, accessed from the Toats Coulee Road out of Loomis. We decided to take a side trip to the lake. Cathedral's Southeast Face will be visible as well as the east faces of Amphitheater Mountain. A logical destination for a 5-6 days trip would be Cathedral Peak and the Cathedral Lakes. Cathedral Pass Loop via Chewuch Trail. The trail between the mine and Cathedral pass is stunning. DIFFICULT 19.1 mi. So we woke up and started up the Cathedral Lake Trail. Cathedral Pass is a saddle inside of Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Cathedral Peak was a fun one with a steep snow climb. The 44-mile loop through Cathedral Pass offers some of the best scenery that the Boundary Trail has to offer. Cathedral Rock - Deception Pass Loop This classic backpack route tours the Cle Elum Valley, from the heights of Cathedral Pass to the shores of Hyas Lake on the valley floor. Pasayten Wilderness Loop RECOMMENDED ROUTE. The predicted weather came through with continuous showers falling all night. 2. And there was heaven! I promise that we have been going on lots of cool adventures that you would love to read about. Located in the Pasayten Wilderness and surrounded by Amphitheater Mountain and Cathedral Peak, Cathedral Lakes are a great destination for a multi-day backpacking trip. A couple of years ago I plotted a trip through the Pasayten Wilderness, along the Pacific Northwest Trail to the Cathedral Peak area. Details, Details: Cathedral Lakes Loop. At the trailhead, we buckled our packs, which weighed in around 20 pounds with food and water included, and soon found ourselves surrounded by golden alpine meadows punctuated by groves of yellow larch trees. Panorama of the Pasayten from Horseshoe Basin in the east. You could barely see the lake. At Cathedral Pass, it was very foggy. It was so beautiful that we all agreed to spend the night here. High motivation had us on top of our first peak, Amphitheater Mountain 8358', in 4:40 elapsed at 8:30am. On the way there we saw another spruce grouse. Solitude and stars, near Teapot Dome. 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