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Sheep Lake / Sourdough Gap

8.8.16 Hike of the Week: Sheep Lake / Sourdough Gap

Area: Chinook Pass
Hike Type: Family-friendly Pass: Northwest Forest Pass
Distance: 6.0 mi RT Duration: 4 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate
Snow-Free: mid-July – October High Point: 6,400 ft Elevation Gain: 1,100 ft

* Make sure Chinook Pass is still open before you go.

Features: kid-friendly, dog-friendly, wildflowers, backcountry lake, sweeping views

Head out on an easy two-mile stretch of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) relishing in sweeping views and dazzling wildflowers. Then take a break at a pretty little subalpine lake in a basin flush with meadows and wildlife. Soak your feet, go for a dip or take a nap. If wanderlust still persists, continue on the PCT for another mile climbing to a high gap on a rocky ridge. Then feast on views from Mount Adams and Mount St Helens to Fifes Peak and the Nelson Ridge. Rainier, while just a couple miles away is pretty much blocked from view thanks to a western flank of impressive craggy summits.

Read the Trail Description