A trip to Boulder Pass is 23.4 miles round trip with 4,000 feet of elevation gain. Descend into the Napeequa, ford the Napeequa River, and climb up to Boulder Pass. Awesome views and amazing wilderness. and peak combinations. Day 1: Trailhead at Trinity to Buck Creek Pass It was the longest and most exhausting hike I've ever done, but I loved it. Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Entiat Ranger District. Boulder Pass, WA Latitude: 48.042899 Longitude: -120.9309331 County: Chelan Area: Clark Mountain Elevation: 1897 meters - 6224 feet 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. One and a half miles upvalley you’ll pass an excellent campsite just before crossing Louis Creek. 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. Campsites: Buck Creek Pass & Louis Creek Basin & Napeequa Valley meadow. While strolling around Boulder Pass, Marion describes the importance of wilderness forests for providing pure water and moderating stream runoff. They descend to the Napeequa Valley, cross the river, and hike upstream to the headwaters. From US 2 at Coles Corner, turn north onto SR 207. Pick one of the two available, Boulder Creek Pass or Little Giant Pass. at Boulder Creek that comes into the Napeequa Valley where the Little Giant Pass trail enters the valley. Travel up the Napeequa Valley on the Boulder Creek/Pass Trail (#1562). updates, images, or resources. Day 2: Buck Creek Pass to Napeequa Valley via High Pass. The Napeequa River Trail can be approached via either Boulder Pass or Little Giant Pass. The view of Ten Peak from Glacier Peak The Map of our route 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. Once in the river valley we would head west to Tenpeak Mountain before an exit via Thunder Basin. A day hike to Little Giant Pass is 10 miles round trip with 4,000 feet of elevation gain. The Mountaineers teaches skills and leads outdoor activities 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. Travel up the Napeequa Valley on the Boulder Creek/Pass Trail (#1562). 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. 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. 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. Tax ID: 27-3009280. The challenges don’t end there though, for the valley is protected by deep snow much of the year, bridgeless rivers that are downright dangerous to cross when raging in the spring, and clouds of ravenous biting flies in the summer months. Yes. Together these have kept the Napeequa River a quiet place with few visitors. There are no trails into the valley. 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. Mar 3, 2012 - Boulder Pass on the Pacific Crest Trail detour through the Napeequa Valley, 23 Jun 2005 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 way is generally flat and alternates between grassy meadows and dense slide alder. Day 3: Napeequa Valley to Little Giant Pass. We hiked down-valley 1.5 miles to the Boulder Pass Trail junction (3.8 hours from Camp 2). Drive 10.3 miles to the trailhead at the road's end (2,300 ft). Mountaineers Books is a registered trademark of The Mountaineers®, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 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. Expect amazing wildlife as well. In either case, be aware of the hunting season and the forecast. At 2.7 miles the trail ends at a bend in the river where the bank has been eroded. 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. The valley widens and flattens considerably and the river meanders lazily. Adventure includes extensive off-trail exploration of high places around each pass and river fords. There are no resources for this route/place. A trip to Boulder Pass is 23.4 miles round trip with 4,000 feet of elevation gain. See the hiking guide entries for either for driving directions and information on the approach. Follow the NFN up towards High Pass - there is no maintained trail and some route-finding may be necessary. The shortest approach is to take the Little Giant Pass Trail to the Napeequa Valley Trail and follow it upstream to the falls. My map shows a trail from the White River over the White Mts. The White River flows… (Alternately one could leave the Napeequa valley via the Honeycomb Glacier High Route and reach the Crest Trail at Red Pass.) 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. 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. There are no activities scheduled at this location. In 4 miles, bear right onto Chiwawa Loop Road, continue 1.3 miles, and turn left onto Forest Road 26 (Chiwawa River Road). Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. WTA Pro Tip: The season to visit the Napeequa is short. 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. 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. From the Napeequa Ford junction the trail closely follows the river upstream as it meanders lazily along the smooth valley floor. Visit four stunning high passes--Buck Creek, High, Boulder and Little Giant; and the rarely visited Napeequa Valley. 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. The day begins with a half-dozen deer running through woods, from the hills above to the river below. This includes side trips, extensions Boulder Creek Pass means a start from the White River trailhead, which is at the end of the White River road. Read on for the full account of our trip, accompanied by lots of photos. 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. 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. Day 2: Buck Creek Pass to Napeequa Valley via High Pass. They descend to the Napeequa Valley, cross the river, and hike upstream to the headwaters. I poke my head through the … You can improve or add to this guidebook entry, Washington Trails Association I wouldn't recommend any of these for June hiking, though. 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. The trip starts off forest road 6400 and the White River Trailhead and can be coupled with Glacier Peak. A very challenging one-way shuttle trip. Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The descent down … Not seeing a title that fits your trip? updates, images and resources. From the Napeequa, hike up the Boulder Pass Trail to start the Clark Mountain High route that connects with the Lightning Creek High Route which extends to the Crest Trail at White Pass. Sep 5, 2017 - 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. 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. Hiking trails enter the valley via Boulder Pass and Little Giant Pass (both over 6,400 ft (2,000 m) high–the valley floor is about 4,000 ft (1,200 m) high in this vicinity), crossing the White Mountains and Chiwawa Ridge respectively. 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. Seattle, WA 98104. There are no trails into the valley that do not cross a high pass. Follow the NFN up towards High Pass - there is no maintained trail and some route-finding may be necessary. Description: 256 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 22 cm: Contents: Walk a pleasant forest trail 4 miles to the signed junction with the Boulder Pass trail. 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. Backpack - Napeequa Valley via Little Giant Pass. This is a list of titles that represent the variations of trips 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. Push on and remain near the east side of the river and you’ll soon be through. The pass was nondescript and little more than a notch. Hike by WTA Correspondents: Descend into the Napeequa, ford the Napeequa River, and climb up to Boulder Pass. 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. Once in the river valley we would head west to Tenpeak Mountain before an exit via Thunder Basin. Helping people explore, conserve, learn about, and enjoy the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The Napeequa River valley has been described as the Shangri-La of the Cascades. It rises in northwest Chelan County and flows southwest into the White River near Twin Lakes. Day 4: Little Giant Pass to Trailhead at Chiwawa River Crossing. updates, images, or resources. Glacier Peak Wilderness, Wenatchee River Ranger District (OWNF). 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. 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. Day 3: Napeequa Valley to Little Giant Pass. Sep 5, 2017 - 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. From the west, the Napeequa River ford is approached via, Wilderness permit. The shortest approach is to take the Little Giant Pass Trail to the Napeequa Valley Trail and follow it upstream to the falls. The trudge to Boulder Pass took over an hour. There were even more switchbacks above a lovely basin. July 28, 2019 Napeequa River Valley to Upper Indian Creek Boulder Creek Trail, Boulder Pass, White River Trail, Indian Creek “Trail” 1. Hiking trails enter the valley via Boulder Pass and Little Giant Pass (both over 6,400 ft (2,000 m) high–the valley floor is about 4,000 ft (1,200 m) high in this vicinity), crossing the White Mountains and Chiwawa Ridge respectively. 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. Approaching the Napeequa River Trail from any direction requires a strenuous hike. you can take at this route/place. By the time the snow melts and the river crossings are safe the biting flies will have emerged in force. For the truly adventurous, continue upstream and uphill along the Napeequa River to its headwaters in the valley below Butterfly Glacier. That is a trail that crosses Boulder Pass and goes down to the Napeequa. Follow this 6+ miles and 3700 feet up to the pass. updates, images, or resources. The plan was to go up and over Boulder Pass before descent to the Napeequa river. Log in and send us Mar 3, 2012 - Boulder Pass on the Pacific Crest Trail detour through the Napeequa Valley, 23 Jun 2005 Log in and send us The group descends to the Napeequa Valley, crosses the Napeequa River and hikes upstream to the headwaters. 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. While strolling around Boulder Pass, Marion describes the importance of wilderness forests for providing pure water and moderating stream runoff. Yvonne Prater joins the Hesseys for a five-day trip into the Napeequa Valley via Boulder Creek. Approaching the Napeequa River Trail from any direction requires a strenuous hike. The Dakobed Traverse is a high alpine route from the Boulder Pass trail in Glacier Peak Wilderness to White Pass and the Pacific Crest Trail in Washington state. Self-issue at trailhead (no fee). Scott, Ben and I crafted a plan to get out there with a two day weather window. 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. It rises in northwest Chelan County and flows southwest into the White River near Twin Lakes. In 4 miles, bear left onto North Shore Road, continue  6.2 miles, and turn right onto Forest Road 6400 (White River Road). Many backpackers bushwhack from or to High Pass/Triad Lake just north of the headwaters of the Napeequa. Most who visit the Napeequa River do so as part of a multi-day backpacking trip to connect the Boulder Pass or Little Giant Pass trails, to the High Pass or Louis Creek high routes. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Info 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. Yvonne Prater joins the Hesseys for a five-day trip into the Napeequa Valley via Boulder Creek. Continue 19 miles to the trailhead (2,600 ft). Views of the steep glacier carved walls of Chiwawa Ridge above you are contrasted by the rugged glaciated Clark Mountain Massif across the valley. The White River flows… for all ages and levels in the Pacific Northwest. Day 4 – Napeequa Valley … ISBN: 0898868688 9780898868685: OCLC Number: 51944350: Notes: Includes index. Log in and send us Yvonne Prater joins the Hesseys for a five-day trip into the Napeequa Valley via Boulder Creek. In the end, Buck Creek to High Pass to Napeequa Valley to Little Giant Pass was about 8000ft vertical gain and another 8000ft down over about 26 miles. 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. We hiked down-valley 1.5 miles to the Boulder Pass Trail junction (3.8 hours from Camp 2). At times the trail can be faint, washed out, and may be overgrown in the slide alder if not recently trimmed back. Brushy in places, but serviceable, follow this about 3.5 miles downstream to the junction with the Boulder Pass Trail. Many backpackers bushwhack from or to High Pass/Triad Lake just north of the headwaters of the Napeequa. 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 4: Little Giant Pass to Trailhead at Chiwawa River Crossing. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. Day 1: Trailhead at Trinity to Buck Creek Pass Tax ID: 27-3009280. September is the best time to visit and October can be pleasant. Hiking trails enter the valley via Boulder Pass and Little Giant Pass, crossing the White Mountains and Chiwawa Ridge respectively. Downstream the valley narrows for some distance widens again. Shortly before reaching the Napeequa River, the Napeequa River Trail is reached. The Mountaineers®, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The plan was to go up and over Boulder Pass before descent to the Napeequa river. The crossing of Louis Creek along the way is memorable, with waterfalls above that are impressive. Campsites: Buck Creek Pass & Louis Creek Basin & Napeequa Valley meadow. At Boulder Pass, Marion describes the importance of wilderness forests. Day 4 – Napeequa Valley … 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. Kyle Pomraning. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. 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. 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. Log in and send us 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. Read on for the full account of our trip, accompanied by lots of photos. The shortest approach is to take the Little Giant Pass Trail to the Napeequa Valley Trail and follow it upstream to the falls. The views grew, overlooking the Napeequa Valley and Little Giant Pass. 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. 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. 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