Forum Index > Trip Reports > Chelan Sawtooth July 15 thru 20
Previous :: Next Topic  
Author Message
Perry
Member
Member


Joined: 09 Aug 2007
Posts: 155 | TRs
Location: Mount Vernon
Perry
  Top

Member
PostFri Jul 24, 2020 10:19 am 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Starting July 15th, I got out on my first real high country pack trip of the year.

I took 4 of my Packgoats: Grant, Albert, Bryce and Benson on a 6 day pack trip in the Chelan Sawtooth area.  Since this area is east of Lake Chelan the snow tends to melt our a little earlier than along the main Cascade crest.  There were still a few snow patches in higher areas, but the trails were all snow free.

We started from the Crater creek TH.  Access is from Gold creek road, about 15 miles south of Twisp.

The first day, Wednesday, we hiked to Upper Eagle lake and camped there.


Along the way, at the junction to the old Lower Eagle lake trail I noticed that a large downed tree which was in the junction and had been de-limbed and cut so it no longer blocked the old Lower Eagle lake trail.

I went about 0.2 miles on the old lower Eagle Lakes trail before encountering downed trees which the goats probably could not get over.  It looked like hikers had been going over them.  I did not see a good way around them for the goats but did not explore a lot.  This trail has seen some logging out and looks like itís being used.  I decided to turn around and head back to the main Eagle lakes TH and on up toward Upper Eagle lake.

Thursday, we hiked over Horsehead pass to Boiling lake, then toward Hoodoo pass.  At Boiling lake, the trail to Hoodoo pass is now signed and seems more used than in the past.


Evergreen Mountain Bike alliance has put up trail signs at most of the trail junctions in the area.

A little south of Hoodoo pass we headed off trail up to the ridge line to the west.  There were snow cornices along the ridge line, but there was one place where the snow had melted out.  From the ridge top we took the x-country high route above Dry lake, down the ridgeline into Prince creek valley and back up to Bernice lake to the north.  This is mostly high meadow country.


Friday, we took the trail down from Bernice lake to the Chelan Summit trail then northwest to above Surprise lake and around to the lakes northeast of Finney Peak.


The Chelan Summit trail had a few blowdowns, only one require a walk around detour.  Overall, this is a good trail.  The trail crossed the base of several meadows between Prince creek trail junction and the Surprise lake trail junction.

Saturday, we came back along the Chelan Summit trail and camped in a meadow southeast of Dry lake.

Sunday we hiked southeast along the Chelan Summit trail to Angel Staircase, up over Angel Staircase, and down to camp at a pond near Cooney lake.

About 0.7 miles south of the Chelan Summit / Boiling lake / Cub Lake trails junction there is a horse outfitter trail which Yís off to the left / uphill.  Coming from the north, the horse outfitter trail is heavily used enough that itís not obvious which is the Chelan Summit trail.  I did not see any signs.  I followed it up and soon passed the outfitterís large tent then the trail seemed to end at the outfitters horse highline area which was at the edge of the meadows.

This is a well-built trail with water bars and bridges at a couple small stream crossings.

I saw what looked like motorcycle tracks heading across the meadow, apparently heading for the saddle southwest of Boiling lake.

From near the outfitter highline area, I headed south across the meadows taking the high route toward the Old Maid Mtn saddle. Once past the initial meadows I found a faint boot path to follow.  Part of this section was pretty buggy.

Angel Staircase was the high point of the trip at 8,000 ft. elevation.  It was warm Sunday afternoon, so we took several rest breaks going up Angelís Staircase.


The Cooney lake trail, connecting Angel Staircase with Cooney lake was snow free and looks a lot more used than the last time I remember.

Monday we hike out the Martin Creek trail back to the TH.

We were generally hiking at between 5,500 ft. and 7,500 ft. elevation and traveling 6 to 9 miles per day.

The main trails from Crater Creek TH are open to motorcycles and generally well maintained.  I saw only one motorcyclist, and that was on the Martin creek trail the last day.

I saw a few hikers and mountain bikers on the trails but saw no one from Thursday morning until Sunday afternoon.  So, Social Distancing was no problem!

There were mosquitoes buzzing around at times, but insect repellent did a pretty good job of keeping them off.

There were quite a few nice wildflowers, more in some areas than others.


It was a really beautiful, enjoyable, and peaceful hike.
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Reply to topic Reply with quote
Waterman
Member
Member


Joined: 21 Mar 2015
Posts: 349 | TRs
Location: Big Snow Quadrangle
Waterman
  Top

Member
PostFri Jul 24, 2020 10:27 am 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Goat packing looks interesting.  How much can they carry?

--------------
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
Sculpin
Member
Member


Joined: 23 Apr 2015
Posts: 681 | TRs

Sculpin
  Top

Member
PostFri Jul 24, 2020 11:30 am 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
up.gif

Those are some colorful meadows!

I really appreciate all the trail details, and it's always fun to look at your happy goats.  When I see deadfall on the trail, first I think about getting myself past it, then I think about a horse getting past it, and then sometimes I think "I bet Perry's goats could get through."

--------------
Between every two pines is a doorway to the new world. - John Muir
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Reply to topic Reply with quote
Downhill
Member
Member


Joined: 30 Jul 2018
Posts: 207 | TRs
Location: Leavenworth
Downhill
  Top

Member
PostFri Jul 24, 2020 8:29 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Thanks for the very nice TR!  I once did the Cooney - Angel's Staircase loop on a bike and it was a really beautiful area, but on a bike, I don't think I got to soak it all in.  Fantastic flower pics - thanks!
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Reply to topic Reply with quote
triad
Member
Member


Joined: 20 Jun 2020
Posts: 9 | TRs

triad
  Top

Member
PostSat Jul 25, 2020 12:31 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Great photos! I love that area, the Finney lakes especially. I've wanted to check out Bernice for a while now, but there are just so many nice options to explore in the Sawtooths. For the past two seasons I've ended up going to other places in the Sawtooths and skipped Bernice.
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Reply to topic Reply with quote
RichP
here and there



Joined: 13 Jul 2006
Posts: 4923 | TRs

RichP
  Top

here and there
PostSat Jul 25, 2020 1:15 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Good to see a report from you and your goats.
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
Perry
Member
Member


Joined: 09 Aug 2007
Posts: 155 | TRs
Location: Mount Vernon
Perry
  Top

Member
PostMon Aug 03, 2020 9:27 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
The goats can carry around 25 to 30 pounds each
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Reply to topic Reply with quote
  Display:     All times are GMT - 8 Hours
Forum Index > Trip Reports > Chelan Sawtooth July 15 thru 20
Jump to:   
Search this topic:

You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You cannot attach files in this forum
You can download files in this forum
   Use Disclaimer Powered by phpBB Privacy Policy