Meander Meadow - Dishpan Gap - Cady Ridge Loop
Sep 03, 2012
- Type of Outing
- Multi-night backpack
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Meander Meadow - Dishpan Gap - Cady Ridge Loop
- Region: Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East
- Agency: Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests, Lake Wenatchee Ranger Station
- Trails: Little Wenatchee River trail (#1525), PCT (#2000), Cady Ridge (#1532)
- Avg Rating: 3.80
- Why You Should Go Now
- Wildflowers blooming
- Ripe berries
- Be Aware Of
Hiked up Cady Ridge on Saturday afternoon - tons of cars parked at trailhead, but not a lot of people once on trail. Hard climb started after the first mile or so, but then you're on the ridge roving up and down (and up and down, etc). Tons of flowers in bloom - sitka valerian, both red and white paintbrush, asters, pearly everlasting, lupine, hellebore, and more. Got to the end of Cady Ridge thinking we'd camp, but there aren't many sites so we kept going up to the PCT and along to Dishpan Gap area. And there, 8 miles from the trailhead, we found a spectacular, secluded spot on the ridge with views east and west for sunset and sunrise. Breezy, which kept the bugs away, but chilly. Our first night was quite cold!
Second day we hiked up Kodak Peak, and out Wenatchee Ridge a ways, then found a great spot to get water (just west off the PCT, between turn-off to Meander & Dishpan Gap.....way trail to big campsite, then beyond to clean running stream). Also found some yummy blueberries, tho there aren't a lot of them this year.
We hiked out on the third day, and unfortunately decided to finish the loop and go out via Little Wenatchee River trail. That is a nasty, brushy, overgrown, uninteresting trail, and a total of 8 miles, 6 of which are not worth ever repeating. Should have gone back out via Cady Ridge, which is much prettier.
At the trailhead, 2 fellows asked us if we had room for them and their packs to Cole's Corner - they and 3 others had abandoned their week-long stretch of the PCT due to body issues. Long story short, they dubbed us their Trail Angels and we took 2 of them back to Seattle with us!