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Home Go Hiking Trip Reports Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Section K - Stevens Pass - East to Rainy Pass, Image Lake via Miners Ridge, Suiattle River Trail

Trip Report By

WTA Member

10 

Hiked Aug 5, 2017

Type of Hike

Multi-night backpack

Trail Conditions

Minor obstacles posing few problems

Road

Road suitable for all vehicles

Bugs

Bugs were an annoyance

Snow

Snow free

The Suiattle River Rd #26 is in good condition with only a few pot holes and dips to watch out for.  My small Ford C-Max had no problem but it's a long and dusty drive.  The Suiattle Trail is gentle and in excellent condition.  A nice map at the trail head shows camp sites along the way.  There are some really nice ones about 6 miles in along both sides of Canyon Creek.  Joining the PCT at the Suiattle Trail junction heading north on the PCT to Suiattle Pass, there are a handful of blow downs along the trail prior to Buck Pass Trail junction, one requiring me to take off my pack.  It would be difficult for a horse.  Between Suiattle Pass and descending Agnus Creek all the way to High Bridge and Stehekin, the PCT is in fantastic condition with evidence of recent trail work, no snow, plenty of water at seasonal crossings.  At the ford of Agnus creek there is a wide log just downstream which, with my short legs, I had no trouble crossing.  If you decide to ford it’s only about knee deep or less and not fast moving.  The huckleberries are ripe and very plentiful as you get closer to High bridge.  The spring flowers have mostly faded but late summer asters, monkey flowers and blue gentian are all at their best.  Despite the smoke the views are still impressive and Agnus gorge a sight to behold.  You pass the 2015 Agnus Creek fire location and can see how it came straight down to the creek.  Retracing my steps for the return allowed a different view of the creek and mountains.  If you take the Miner’s Ridge Trail at the Suiattle Pass Junction it is actually 1 mile shorter than taking the PCT back, plus, you can avoid the blow downs.  The Miner’s Ridge is definitely a path less taken and is in excellent condition, no blow downs and an easy traverse (not a sole around).  If you had a horse or want to avoid the downed obstacles or like your elevation gain/loss all at once, this is the path to take.  The switch backs down to the PCT are at a good grade and in excellent condition.  For a nice side trip, go to Image Lake or take the PCT south at the Suiattle Trail Junction, cross the bridge and go about a mile to some GIGANTIC cedars and fir trees.  Retrace your steps back to the trail head.  It’s about 78 miles total.

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