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Harts Pass to Buckskin ridge 4 day loop,Pacific Crest (North Cascades) #2000,Holman Creek #472.1,West Fork Pasayten River #472,Buckskin Ridge #498

Aug 09, 2008

by CraigM last modified Sep 10, 2008 02:36 PM
Type of Outing
Day hike
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Hike: Holman Creek
Region: North Cascades
Trails: Holman Creek (#472.1)
Avg Rating: 3.00
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Hike: West Fork Pasayten River
Region: North Cascades -- East Slope
Trails: West Fork Pasayten River (#472)
Avg Rating: 3.75
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Hike: Buckskin Ridge
Region: Eastern Washington -- Pasayten
Trails: Buckskin Ridge (#498)
Avg Rating: 3.50
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We did a very nice 4 day 40 mile loop north of Harts Pass. The summer season seems about 3 weeks late this year and we saw tremendous wild flower displays every day. The highlight was hiking the little used trial along Buckskin Ridge.

Day 1 We hiked up the well used PCT through meadows of wild flowers and camped in the trees at Shaw Creek.

Day 2 We left the PCT at Holman Pass and descended Holman Creek and the West fork the of Pasayten River. The trail has been logged out but is not heavily used. There is grass growing in the tread in places. We made good time to a nice campsite in the woods at the Rock Creek bridge. Once we left the PCT we saw only 1 other party, a horse packer hurrying in to pick someone up

Day 3 We ascended the trail to Buckskin lake. There are 30+ blowdowns on the trail which may be a benefit as they keep reduce the traffic to Buckskin Lake. We saw no other parties the entire day. The lake is a gem with extensive meadows above it full of flowers. I'd never seen white lousewort growing in huge billows as if it were lupine.

Day 4 The trail south from Buckskin lake is sketchy in places and much more strenuous than it's nominal 3.1 miles would indicate. The views and flowers were great. At Silver Pass the trail becomes well used and much easier. We walked the final miles back to Slate Pass trough more wildflowers.

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