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Trail

16.0 mile 25.7 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 6,777' 2,066 m
Descent: -3,649' -1,112 m
High: 6,403' 1,952 m
Low: 2,913' 888 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 73% (36°)

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Trail shared by Tom Robson

Work your way through the most pristine wilderness in the park on this long distance trail.

Tom Robson

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Permits are required for camping. Permits and current trail conditions are available at park-wide from wilderness information centers, ranger stations, and visitor centers.

Description

From Wonderland Trail, head north along the shores of the Carbon River. Eventually you'll reach a junction with Northern Loop Spur, turn right here. Then begins a series of steep switchbacks, climbing 3,000 vertical feet, mostly in cool forest. Pass Yellowstone Cliffs campsite, with views of Tyee Peak and the Yellowstone Cliffs. Continue onto to Windy Gap, at an elevation of 5,600 feet.

A few hundred yards beyond the top of Windy Gap, a side trail leads to Natural Bridge, a short 1.75 mile round trip.

The Northern Loop trail descends 1,400 feet in two miles from Windy Gap to a camp at Lake James, at 4,370 feet.

From Lake James, the route drops to a crossing of the West Fork of the White River, then climbing 2,500 feet towards Grand Park. Along the climb at 4.5 miles, a side trail leads to Fire Creek Camp. At 6 miles from Lake James is a junction with Grand Park Trail. Continue right for another 3 miles to a camp in lower Berkeley Park. From Berkeley Park Camp, climb 1 mile through meadows to a final junction with the Wonderland Trail.

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Jun 30, 2017
Alex Kauer
Northern Loop from Sunrise, up Sourdough Ridge, entire northern loop, plus backtracking, getting lost in Windy Gap, Wonderland back to Sunrise 37mi — 84h 00m
Apr 20, 2016
Badbad Leroy Brown

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  4.6 from 5 votes

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