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Jack Ridge

Backcountry Response Team

Wed Aug 18, 2021 8:30 AM — Sun Aug 22, 2021 3:30 PM

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Region

Central Cascades — Leavenworth Area

Crew Leader: Jay Schram

Trout Lake and Eightmile Mountain from Jack Ridge. Photo by ridgehiker

Overview

Icicle Creek Canyon near Leavenworth provides access to the best backcountry in Washington state. North lies Icicle Ridge and miles of high alpine wandering only outdone by the spectacular Enchantments to the south. Join us maintaining and upgrading the Jack Ridge trail giving folks a chance to spread out and roam.

About the Area

The Icicle Creek Valley is known as one the premier outdoor playgrounds in the state. Hiking, backpacking, and mountaineering are major draws to the area. Trails lead up and out of the valley in every direction. 4th of July, Chatter Creek and Frosty Creek lead to the open alpine areas of Icicle Ridge. Snow Lake and Mountaineer Creek provide access into the spectacular Enchantments. Lesser known trails lead up Blackjack Ridge, Jack, Icicle, and French Creeks providing opportunity for solitude.

What to Expect

We'll have fun, work hard and make a difference!

Project Description

The Jack Ridge trail provides a connection between the Trout Creek and Jack Creek valleys with a stop at lonely Trout Lake. Help us to improve this trail to once again establish a great loop hike in the Icicle Canyon area. We will focus primarily on tread work and brushing working our way up from a camp in the Jack Creek valley. There will also probably be some trees to remove from the trail that came down over the past few months.

Camping and Hiking Information

  • Type: Backcountry basecamp
  • Location: Junction of Jack Creek and Jack Ridge trails
  • Weather: Be prepared for variable conditions including heat, cold, wind and rain
  • Initial hike to camp: 3.3 miles with 800 feet of gain at a moderate pace while carrying your backpack fully loaded with all provisions including camping gear and food, plus tools (provided by WTA)
  •  Expected daily hike: Up to 6 miles roundtrip with up to 2000 feet of gain at a moderate pace while carrying your daypack plus tools.

Schedule

  • Day 1: Meet the crew rain or shine, then hike in, begin work on the project and set up camp
  • Day 2+: Make breakfast and pack a lunch before heading out on trail with the crew by 8:00 AM. Work at your own pace, take plenty of breaks and enjoy lunch on the trail. Arrive back in camp by 4:00 or 5:00 PM for a relaxing evening. Prepare your own dinner and swap stories with the crew.
  • Final Day: Break down camp, finish trail project, hike out and say goodbye to the crew at the trailhead

For safety reasons, arriving late or leaving early is not allowed.

Planning Information

Get ready for a challenging backcountry adventure!

What it Takes to Do This Work Party

  • A great attitude for working with a team! WTA provides the training and tools you need for the project
  • Backpacking gear and food for multiple nights on the trail
  • Good physical condition to hike with a fully-loaded backpack and be physically active for about 8-9 hours daily on uneven terrain 
  • Backpacking experience including ability to run your own camp following Leave No Trace principles
  • Day work party experience recommended
  • Flexibility to adapt to changes due to unpredictable weather or land manager requests
  • Minimum age: 18

What to Bring

  • Boots
  • Long pants 
  • Work gloves
  • Long-sleeved shirt recommended
  • Eye protection recommended (glasses, sunglasses or safety glasses)

Backpacking gear

  • Backpack to carry all of your gear
  • Tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad
  • Cooking gear and enough food (plus a little extra) for the entire trip
  • At least two 1-liter water bottles and a way to purify your water
  • Rain jacket and rain pants
  • Extra warm clothing
  • Camp clothing such as shorts, shirt and sandals
  • Sun and bug protection
  • Headlamp and extra batteries
  • Personal items such as medication, hand sanitizer and toiletries
  • ​First aid kit
  • A sense of fun and adventure for learning new skills and meeting great people!

Trail work gear

  • Boots
  • Long pants 
  • Work gloves
  • Long-sleeved shirt recommended
  • Eye protection recommended such as safety glasses
  • WTA hard hat (provided, unless you have one)

For safety reasons, shorts and sneakers are not allowed while working. Firearms and weapons are not allowed.

More Information

From the Hiking Guide

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Directions

From the Wenatchee area head west on US 2 towards Leavenworth.  Just before enter town and just past the Safeway on your right turn left onto the East Leavenworth Road and follow for 3.4 miles.  Turn left on Icicle Creek Road and follow for about 14.6 miles to a point where the Icicle Creek Road turns sharply to the left and quickly crosses Icicle Creek on a large bridge. A hundred yards past the bridge there is a sign for the Jack/Trout trailhead.  Turn left onto FS Road #615 and go a hundred yards and turn right into the parking area.

From the Puget Sound area drive east on US 2 towards Leavenworth. Just before entering into Leavenworth as you leave Tumwater Canyon and before the 76 Service Station, turn right (south) onto Icicle Creek Road (Forest Service Road 7600.) Follow the Icicle Creek Road for about 16.5 miles to a point where the Icicle Creek Road turns sharply to the left and quickly crosses Icicle Creek on a large bridge. A hundred yards past the bridge there is a sign for the Jack/Trout trailhead.  Turn left onto FS Road #615 and go a hundred yards and turn right into the parking area.

Note: Please follow the written directions above instead of using a GPS device. This will ensure that you get to the correct meeting location for this work party. The location of the pinpoint below is only approximate.

Getting to WTA work parties can involve travel on rough, unpaved roads in areas without cellular service and without street addresses that can be accurately used by navigation devices. Unless specifically noted otherwise, routes can generally be traveled by all types of vehicles. Volunteers with limited experience driving on unpaved mountain roads may want to allow extra time, beyond what is recommended in the directions above, to get to the meeting location.

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