$1495+tax/adult, $1121+tax/under 18, Wilderness, minimalist. VERY STRENUOUS!
Good quality, light weight tent, sleeping pad and sleeping bag available $22/night.
This trail is open to hikers and horses, but closed to all motorized and wheeled traffic. It is within the Goat Rocks Wilderness Area. Parts of this trail are very popular around Cispus Pass, Old Snowy, and Snowgrass Flat. Please note that this is a LNT trip; no fires, dried meals only, minimal impact. Trip includes transport from White Pass to Midway trailhead.
Day one starts at Midway trailhead and follows the PCT #2000. We gain 1200 ft elevation and lose 850 ft over approximately 13 miles. Day 2 might be the most difficult, with 2800 ft gain and 900 ft loss over 12 miles. Day 3 features the famous knife edge section, with 550 ft elevation gain and 2200 ft loss over 6 miles. Most of the trail on this day is rough trail that includes crossing steep snowfields and steep drops on either side of the trail. This requires a high degree of experience, confidence and fitness (hikers, guide and llamas), but allows plenty of time for photos and viewing. Day four is another long hike, with 400 feet of drop, then an 1800 ft climb, then 2100 ft of elevation loss over 13 miles to end up at White Pass, then a short road walk to the parking area.
This trip is designed for long-distance backpackers who have hiked sections of the PCT, and would like to experience this extraordinary segment of trail. LNT care and ambassadorship are expected on the trail. Two hours of pre-approved trail maintenance, cleanup (or other wilderness maintenance) are required, as a condition of the permit. Monday through Thursday only. Campsites are pre-selected with the approval of the USFS, and one hiker will need to scout ahead with a two-way radio (we provide) to avoid conflict with horses on the knife edge. A string of 4 fit, athletic llamas will carry all the gear, dried food & coffee. Shuttle transportation will be arranged, and one guide will lead the way! 25 lb gear/client max.
The group will meet and park at White Pass ski parking area (north side of Hwy 12) at 7 a.m. The guide and a driver will pick up the group and ferry all parties to the Midway trailhead. The driver will drop off the group, and spot the truck and trailer at White Pass. We then hike 43 trail miles north to White Pass.
Dinners will be dried and re-hydrated, or selections of commercial dried dinners. Pescatarian, vegetarian, dairy-free, vegan and gluten-free are easily accommodated on this trek. We will be using a selection of dried dinners by “Good To Go”, “Food for the Sole” or other top quality commercially-available supplier. Have a favorite? Be sure to let us know.
All dietary requests must be made at least 2 weeks before the trip.
Lunches will be a selection of wraps, nut butters, mixed nuts and dried fruit. Snacks will be a selection of commercial bars by Kind, Larabar or other.
Breakfasts on travel days will include hot coffee, tea, and instant oatmeal selection.