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Albert Camp

North Cascades > Pasayten
48.9069, -119.8272 Map & Directions
Length
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
2900 feet
Highest Point
7700 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Summits

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Northwest Forest Pass

Connect to Horseshoe Mountain on this scenic ridge trail that takes you through a lodgepole pine forest and some of the most spectacular views in the Pasayten Wilderness. Continue reading

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Hiking Albert Camp

Albert Camp is a pleasurable hike that takes you through the lodgepole pines of the Loomis State Forest and into the Pasayten Wilderness. It features one of the most beautiful 360 -degree views of the Pasayten from the crest of Horseshoe Mountain. Hikers can enjoy wildlife such as deer, marmots, and elusive coyotes as they hike or camp among wildflowers such as red Indian Paintbrush.

Begin the hike from the Fourteen Mile Trailhead at 4700 feet and climb steadily for 3.0 miles until you reach a junction at 5500 feet. Here, the Albert Camp trail meets the Deer Park trail. If you wish to follow this route, head left towards Iron Gate. Otherwise, to stay on the Albert Camp trail, continue right towards Horseshoe Mountain.

Here, you encounter a small series of switchbacks that will take you up to 6400 feet. In this section of trail, you may encounter a burn area from a 2006 wildfire and many wildflowers in the summer. Once you are up the switchbacks, you follow a ridge crest most of the 5.5 miles to Sunny Pass. Enjoy sweeping views on all sides, with Horseshoe Mountain in front of you and to the right, and views of Pick Peak and Windy Peak to the left.

The trail ends at Sunny Pass, where you have a number of options. You can choose to end your hike there, turn around, and return to the trailhead. You can continue to the right to Smith Lake just around the bend of Horseshoe Mountain. Or, as is a popular option for backpackers, go in a loop. From Sunny Pass, go right and follow the Boundary Trail southeast for 4.5 miles. When you reach the junction, turn left and follow the Deer Park trail to it's junction with Albert Camp and continue the rest of the way to the trailhead. 

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Hike Description Written by
McKenzie Carlson, WTA Correspondent

Albert Camp

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.9069, -119.8272 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Northwest Forest Pass

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Getting There

Starting from Tonasket take Okanogan County Road 9437 (Hwy 7) north about 5.5 miles to County Road 9425. Turn east on County Road 9425 and travel about 12 miles to Loomis. From Loomis continue on County Road 9425 for about 2 miles to County Road 4066. Turn east County Road 4066, which becomes Forest Service Road 39 (Toats Coulee Road). Follow for 9 miles to Washington Department of Natural Resources Road T-1000. Follow this road for 5 miles to Fourteen Mile Trailhead.

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North Cascades > Pasayten

Albert Camp (#375)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Methow Ranger District

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