Pacific Crest Trail: Harts Pass to Rainy Pass
ElevationAscent: 4,484' 1,367 m
Descent: -5,765' -1,757 m
High: 7,003' 2,135 m
Low: 4,275' 1,303 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 26% (14°)
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“A fabulous 30-mile hike along one of the most beautiful sections of the PCT in Washington State.”— matt huston
The total distance from Harts Pass could be 33 or 30 miles. Total distance from the PCT trailhead near Meadows Campground could be 29 or 30 miles. We found different distances depending on our information sources.
The hike can be sunny and warm, so get an early start. Finish your day eating and drinking at the Mazama Store in Mazama, WA, and, of course, cool off in the Methow River up the road from the store!
The trail condition is quite good. A few areas are overgrown with grass and flowers(!) and only the final section, from Cutthroat Pass down to Rainy Pass, is rooty and boney, because it is the most heavily traveled by runners and hikers.
We camped at the Meadows Campground near Harts Pass and started from near there, shaving a couple miles off the hike. We encountered snow in one area between Tatie Peak and Glacier Pass, but only about 50 feet of it. No problem.
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