$895+tax/adult, $671+tax/under 18. Non-wilderness. (3 days/2 nights)
- July 15 – 17
- August 17 – 19 (fully booked for 2020)
- August 24 – 26
Rental Gear – Good quality, light weight tent, sleeping pad and sleeping bag $22/night
The trails are open to hikers, bicycles and horses, but closed to all motorized traffic.
This trek starts at an unmarked trailhead 0.5 miles west of Jackpot Lake. We follow the Klickitat trail (#7) for two miles, and then go another 1.5 miles on the Pompey Peak trail (#128). It starts out at 4700 ft elevation and climbs steeply up to 5300 ft in the first half mile. Then the trail is pretty level until we near the camping area, where there is a 200 ft climb off-trail to reach the secluded spot we camp at, for a total of 3.5 miles and 800 ft elevation gain. “Moderately strenuous.”
We stay for two nights in a lovely meadow with a nice view of Castle Butte and Mt Adams. It is a nice day hike to Pompey Peak for the second day, with great views of the Cowlitz valley from Morton up towards White Pass. On the third day, we hike out after a leisurely breakfast.
Wildlife encounters are possible in this area, with good populations of deer, elk, bear, cougar and mountain goats. There are some spectacular cliffs in the area as well. Cameras and prudence advised!
Meet up at the trailhead at 9 a.m. for each of the hikes to cover safety concerns and LNT principles. Some of the trailheads are difficult to find, and have limited parking.
Lunch is provided on the first day and the last day, as well as meals and snacks in between.
Llamas are not very tolerant of hot weather, so in that event we will be starting early, with breakfast served at either 6 or 7 a.m. Extra coffee will be provided 🙂
We strive to provide exceptional meals in the back country. Fresh meats and fish, steamed vegetables, salad, fresh bread from Dutch ovens, and desserts are planned for the first three dinners. High fire danger will necessitate a simpler menu, as Dutch ovens can’t be used.
Subsequent dinners will be dried and re-hydrated, or selections of commercial dried dinners. Pescatarian, and dairy-free are easily accommodated. Vegan and gluten-free are available individually through commercial dried dinners by “Good To Go”.
All dietary requests must be made at least 2 weeks before the trip.
Lunches will include wraps with fresh meats and cheese for the first three days, as well as fresh fruit. Days 4 through 5 will be wraps with nut butters and dried fruit. Snacks will be a selection of Kind bars or Larabars.
Breakfasts on travel days will include hot coffee, tea, and instant oatmeal selection. A nice breakfast is standard fare on layover days, sometimes with fresh coffee cake if fire danger allows.
What to Bring
We carry 30 lb of gear per person. Any overage is carried by the client.
- Rain gear
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping pad
- Warm clothes
- Trekking poles
- Insect repellent