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PCT: Cascade Locks to Highway 12 (at White Pass)

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A section of the Pacific Crest Trail that climbs into the mountains from the Bridge of the Gods.


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149.2

Miles

240.0

KM

Point to Point

7,187' 2,190 m

High

103' 31 m

Low

27,424' 8,359 m

Up

23,213' 7,075 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

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Features Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

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Description

Beginning over the Columbia River, which borders Oregon and Washington state, the trail climbs up into the mountains. The elevation changes between every 4 miles - from gradual incline to steep incline. The sites are gorgeous! There are a few things to look out for along the way including overgrown poison oak and boulder cliffs. The best time to go is July, however, it is still very likely to rain along this section, so bring your rain gear.

There are multiple junctions to veer off on to sight see - including Table Top Mountain. Finding a campsite is fairly easy; however, there are a few sections that are campless and force you to move on.

There are two main towns are along the trail, only 10 miles away from their junction (Trout Lake City, White Pass) which are great for a good hot meal and some down time. Water sources are plentiful and usually clean enough for a filter. You'll pass by a few lakes that are fairly dry.

This section ends at the ski resort (White Pass) by Highway 12, which is also the only post office along this section for a supply drop.

Flora & Fauna

Constant blanket of evergreens. Banana slugs on the trail. Wild sunshine raspberries are a great snack in season. Wildflowers and tall grass at the top of the peaks.

Contacts

Shared By:

Samantha Morlan with improvements by John Cheney

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Photos

Fields of lupine and american bistort blanket the Goat Rocks Wilderness.
Feb 6, 2017 near Morton, WA
The views are spectacular looking down the drainage toward Packwood Lake and Mt. Rainier.
May 18, 2017 near Morton, WA
View from the cliff.
Aug 16, 2016 near Stevenson, WA
Gorgeous slopes.
Aug 16, 2016 near Cascade…, OR
Crossing the last of the summer snow before heading to the accent of Old Snowy Mountain.
Jul 28, 2020 near Morton, WA
Looking at the canyon below.
Aug 16, 2016 near Carson, WA

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Sep 7, 2020
Michael Young
May 29, 2019
Starr Hullinger
Bridge of the Gods
Oct 19, 2018
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Jun 5, 2018
Emily Head
Jul 12, 2017
Robert Faz
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