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Perry Creek — Saturday, Sep. 17, 2022

North Cascades
View towards Glacier Peak from Pt 5,396

Started from main parking lot just off the Mountain Loop Hwy, continued past the waterfall and the ridgetop viewpoint to the meadows. Didn't have enough time (or partners) to climb Mount Forgotten, but Pt 5,396 was a good consolation price.

Trail Conditions. The trail was rocky in places, but well-maintained up to the waterfall. Past the waterfall, there were a few slightly overgrown sections, a couple blowdowns (only one of which was cumbersome to get over or around), and not much signage. No risk of wet feet at any of the stream crossings, and no water past the stream crossing above the waterfall (the pond in the meadows was dry).

Highlights. Many giant trees, especially along the first mile from the main parking lot. Lots of thimbleberries in the open sloped, but they were pretty much done. Tons of ripe blueberries at the top of the ridge and in the meadows, should be at peak in a week or so. Fall colors were at their earliest stages. Heard many pikas on the way up, and spotted one in a talus field at the meadows. 

Crowds. The large parking lot was almost half full at 11am, plus there were more cars parked at the old trailhead. Encountered a dozen or so parties (incl one camped at the meadows), so I'm guessing most of the cars were people hiking Mt Dickerman. 

Trail through old-growth near the trailhead
Trail along the valley
Trail above the waterfall


bgale on Perry Creek

Thanks for the helpful write up. could you comment on how the Fall color is? also, if you noticed camping sites by the waterfall, before, after? sounds like no water for camping beyond there. Barry

Posted by:

bgale on Sep 18, 2022 04:53 PM

ejain on Perry Creek

Not a lot of fall colors yet (see photos).

If you get there late and plan to pack up early, you could probably camp at the waterfall. There is also a hidden site with space for a small tent just behind the waterfall viewpoint, and another, larger site shortly after crossing the river and continuing up along the trail.

Posted by:

ejain on Sep 18, 2022 05:12 PM

Thanks for the tip!

Thanks so much. Very helpful!

Posted by:

bgale on Sep 18, 2022 05:28 PM