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Boundary Trail - Pasayten Wilderness

Intermediate

Trail

85.8 mile 138.0 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 14,756' 4,498 m
Descent: -18,447' -5,623 m
High: 7,544' 2,299 m
Low: 2,385' 727 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)

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Trail shared by Steve Jackson

A longer trail offering amazing scenery in northern Washington's Pasayten Wilderness Area.

Steve Jackson

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

Description

This trail is exceptionally beautiful and travels through the Pasayten Wilderness Area. Beginning at the Irongate Trailhead west of Loomis, hikers will head west, covering some of the most spectacular features of the wilderness area until eventually turning into the Castle Pass Trail, and descending out of the Pasayten Wilderness. Solitude, spectacular peaks, shining mountain lakes and incredible geologic features await!

This is just a portion of the longer Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail, and thru-hikers of that trail will greatly enjoy this portion.

Alpine tundra dominates this trail, and visitors will enjoy mountain peaks along the Canadian border. Along the way, there are opportunities to see tungsten mines and possibly grizzlies. There are great peaks on either side of the trail that could be reached by a day-long detour. The trail is fairly well maintained and easy to follow, so navigation on a tour of the area should be straightforward.

On portions of this trail, it is easy to see the Canadian border and perhaps contemplate a trip to the border, as you'll only be a mile away. Cross country travel would be required to reach the border.

Flora & Fauna

It is possible to see bears, deer, elk, and birds along the way.

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Boundary Trail
Dec 11, 2018 near Winthrop, WA
Boundary Trail
Dec 11, 2018 near Winthrop, WA
Cathedral Lake as seen from the Boundary Trail.
Feb 12, 2016 near Winthrop, WA
Apex Mountain with a light dusting of snow.
Feb 12, 2016 near Oroville, WA
Boundary Trail
Dec 11, 2018 near Winthrop, WA
Boundary Trail
Dec 11, 2018 near Winthrop, WA

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