We took one of the two remaining camp sites in the forest. It saves you a trip into Boundary camp, and you'll want to fill up your water (and carry extra) as water is sparse once you get up on the ridge. Shuksan, Ruth Mountain, Hannegan Peak/Pass, and Mineral King Mountain. "We'll be ok" – I assured her, "We're only carrying 15 pound packs". At first we were quite disappointed, but things turned out well in the end. NPS/Rosemary Seifried. I will send this to my brother who is my former backpacking partner. See all available apartments for rent at Copper Ridge Luxury Woodbury Townhome! Go Hiking Trip Reports Copper Ridge Loop, Whatcom Pass. Get out a map—the possibilities are limited only by your imagination! Read About these trails in our Hiking Guide Copper … I am having a hard time with a decision for a backpacking trip Oct. 8-10th, 3 days. Here's a picture of the blueberries and a bear-pole at boundary camp: The ridge rolls up and down through meadows of delicate flowers and the views become overwhelming. Sweeping 360 degree panoramic views of amazing rugged peaks in the cascade range. Copper Ridge Loop. OUTSTANDING website. Once you exit the forest, climb up a steep set of switch-backs next to a small snow field, and finally reach the actual ridge, the splendor of all of the North Cascades opens up before you. if i need any more info il ask you sometime!thanks man They open at 8am, so be first in line to ensure you camp spot. "You'll love copper lake", she said, "It's very pretty down there.". Baker out in all her glory and the icy ridges of Canada to the north. If you turn left, there is a very clear trail that goes steeply up and around for a mile or so to the Tapto lakes, which we followed the next day. 6809 Copper Ridge Loop , Billings, MT 59106-2670 is currently not for sale. Reviews (830) 885-6951. As we continued along the ridge for the rest of the day and for part of the next day, the path mostly took us though open meadows so that the views just keep on coming and giving you different perspectives on the splendor that is the North Cascades. After spending entire morning exploring the Whatcom area, we set of for the next section around noon. At 90 lbs, she’ll be packing in a lot with her group and adult guides, but your description leads me to believe that she will have a life experience…and won’t be too, too sore! Copper Ridge Apartments. The hike described in this web page is about 33.6 miles and more than 8.000 ft. elevation gain. She lives up on the ridge in the lookout cabin for several weeks at a time and patrols the campground on the ridge – Silesia, Egg Lake and Copper Lake making sure people have the correct permits as camp sites are very limited. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September. Copper Ridge loop This adventure is a tough 3 day hike in the Northern section of North Cascades National Park. Reply. Apart from the hut, no other man-made thing in site. Bugs Bugs were not too bad. Road Road suitable for all vehicles. After filling our bottles, we wandered across the rocks towards Boundary Camp and discovered fresh mountain blueberries! On Labor Day weekend 2006, Theresa and I hiked the Copper Ridge Loop in the North Cascades. This was the only blemish on what was otherwise a magical hike: the flies. ( Log Out /  The views are outstanding from there. We were tucked up in bed by 8pm and ready for the next day. We then decended 1 mile to boundry camp and connected with the Copper Ridge Trail just past the camp. After some time we reached a fork in path  where we had to chose between fording Chilliwack River or taking a cable car across it. I was wondering if you would add it to your links page. I see that the loop is manageable with lots of fun and safety. She seemed relieved and went back to smiling. The two nicest camp sites, near the creek, were already taken. Download the GPS file. The ranger (who was very friendly and helpful by the way) found a 5-day itinerary for us where we did the loop clockwise, going through the Chilliwack River valley first, and doing a side-trip to Whatcom Pass (which we intended to do anyway), before heading back over the Ridge. Washington. thanks. Trail Conditions Trail in good condition. This was the highest point of our trip. Tip: plan to be at the Glacier Public Service center early! Once you reach the lookout, which is a cute little house perched on top of a rock, your view suddenly explodes into a full 360 degree panorama. Don't forget to click on the thumbnails to see larger images! pnwhikes > North Cascades > Mount Baker. Hope you get out there and enjoy it! View 20 photos for 3004 W Copper Ridge Loop, Billings, MT 59106 a 3 bed, 2 bath, 1,443 Sq. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Copper Ridge Loop, Whatcom Pass. It's like something out of a Patagonia catalog. At 8.1 miles arrive at Silesia Camp with no water. I’m deciding between Copper Ridge and the Enchantments, and I see you’ve done both. This strenuous loop trip combines the best of North Cascades terrain: a rare ridge walk with expansive mountain views, and one of the finest old growth forested hikes in the park, along a salmon river. The plan was to get as far as the pass but stopped an Hannnegan camp meadow because of deep snow on the trail. We turned right. 333mm overall width (when flat). She checked our permit and says "Doing the loop in just 3 days huh? Copper Ridge Loop, Part 1: The Glory. We left Silesia and continued along the ridge passing egg lake. Shin Splints on the Trail vol.1. His wife quashed our yearly trips. One person told us to bushwack up the creek next to the camp. The 2,728 sq. There are two camp spots, the one on the right is very exposed and windy and night – but has the killer views. There is a shared bear-pole here also for easy hanging. Then she looked at our packs and was surprised how little we were carrying. I have a website, mountainmanmadness.com also. When we crossed it (in mid August) it was indeed full of salmon. i’ve done the lower portion a few years ago. We started the hike in Mt. At 11.2 miles is Copper Lake and camps. Permit Info: An overnight permit is required and camp sites are reserved on a first-come first-served basis. Getting There: From Seattle, I5N to HWY-20 (exit 230), go east on 20 for ~5 miles, then turn left on Township St and take HWY-9 north for 22 miles, turn right onto HWY-542 for 18 miles until Glacier. We were prepared to pull off our socks and shoes and ford the raging waters of the Chilliwack. There were many switchbacks, but as the climb progresses there were a series of ever-improving views. It turned out that there is a perfectly clear path that takes you to Tapto lakes: just go left at the junction at the Whatcom Pass itself. The trail splits: left goes up to the Copper Ridge, right goes into Chilliwack River Valley. Note that we also ran into some extremely fit people who camped at Hannegan Pass (which is just outside the national park, so you don’t need a permit I think) and then did the entire loop in a humongous day hike. hiked, actually bushwacked, from canada and connected with the trail. Would the views really live up to their near-mythical reputation? Pack a thesaurus for this trip because the sight of Mt. A half mile beyond is a small waterfall and the last reliable water until 17.4 miles from the trailhead, where the trail crosses a small stream. We did the former and we also melted some snow from a snow field which was still lingering 5 minutes before the camp site. You may also like. Garron September 9, 2017 - 10:36 am. After lunch, we started down a series of switch backs that leads into the Chilliwack River Valley where Boundary Camp is located. We took the only remaining one, set way in the back, and had an early dinner next to creek in front of the camp. … We'll it's certainly *doable*…" and glanced at us as if to say, "it's doable if you're insane and it's going to hurt a lot". Although the steep climb up is behind you, the work is not quite over as the path continues to go quite a bit up and down, particularly once you pass Copper Lake and start you ascent up towards the fire tower lookout point. Wings : 110mm. Thanks so much for sharing it! Just when you think you're down and about to ford the river, the trail follows the river bank and continues on with a little bushwhacking here and there for another half mile or more. Trip Report: I had decided a North Cascades trip would be ideal for this year's backpack. It is all worth it. We moved on and quickly arrived at the second crossing on the Chilliwack. Heck with our old filter, it too about that long to pump two liters of water. I found the time wasn't an issue at all. Experience the variety offered by the North Cascades: high mountain ridges with spectacular views, a remote river valley, and even a self-propelled cable car river crossing. Awesome site! This is a highly recommended break from all the forest in the first couple of days. There were peaks all around us: the Picket Range, Mt. Once back at the Hannegan Pass, we dropped the packs and made the short 1 mile side-trip up to Hannegan Peak. From here on, the trail may be overgrown, and blueberries may be found alongside you. To be honest the whole think looked like an accident waiting to happen — there was even a note attached to the basked warning to check the attachment bolts before setting off. If you are thinking of camping in this area, go for Silesia. ive been looking at this hike for awhile now. But my poor sweet legs. We hung out at Silesia for a while and rested our feet, and munched on "second breakfast". It made for a long day, and the last mile seemed to take forever, however as the lake finally appeared the views were worth it. Copper Ridge Loop is a 36 mile permitted loop in North Cascades National park. 3012 E Copper Ridge Loop , Billings, MT 59106-2227 is currently not for sale. We didn't see any ourselves on this trip, but heard plenty of stories from other hikers. Elevation Gain: 10,800. After another mile or so of wandering with ups and downs we eventually reached Silesia Camp, (8.2mi, 5689'). From here on, the trail goes mostly through the forest until you reach the top of Copper Ridge, with the exception of Whatcom Pass which tops out above tree line. The ridge does live up to its reputation and more. Thanks for posting the information! We opted to do the trip in three days and two nights over Labor Day weekend. Tip: plan to be at the Glacier Public Service center early! Read on for the full scoop. They are quite breath taking at this point, and it felt like we had entered another world. Trip Report By. Since Whatcom camp itself had too many flies for a comfortable dinner, we walked five minutes towards the pass to have a more relaxed dinner in the small meadow next to the boulder filled slopes. Finally the trail arrived at the first crossing of the Chilliwack River. As we hiked down from the Copper Ridge back to the split, we enjoyed the last views. Start out from the popular Hannegan Pass trailhead, climbing gently for 3.7 miles to a junction for Hannegan Camp. When you reach the pass you get splendid views of the North Cascades beyond. 286 likes. Copper Ridge is situated northeast of Trout Creek. Shuksan's tumultuous, glaciated north face will have you groping for adjectives to replace "awwwe-some" or "un-bee-lievable." Print. After going down through open meadows for a mile you reach Boundary Camp, aptly named because it sits on the edge of the North Cascades National Park. but at least we got to enjoy some of the lovely forest campsites there.i will start legally at hannigan. Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/brijsman/albums/72157671619780672. if it were aug i think i’d vote for copper – but given the date – i think the enchantments will be more of an epic . We were happy and exhausted when we finally reached Whatcom camp. This was the day. Copper Ridge Trail To Copper Lake is a 21.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Maple Falls, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The main trail continues straight towards Ross Lake. The final switchbacks to the pass were nowhere to be seen. We hiked 35 miles over 3 days with some serious elevation gain. I went down to the lake to fill up our water. We hope for no to little rain or unexpected bears. There's no water, and you'll have to trek all the way down to egg lake to get your supplies for the evening. As you make your way up to the fire tower which is the highest point of the trail, the views just keep getting better and better. I always wonder what it would be like to weather a big storm inside one – with thunder and lightening crashing all around you high in the mountains. At 17.9 miles is the low point, elevation 2225. Eventually the sound of the Chilliwack River can be heard as we approached the last set of switch backs. The ranger (who was very friendly and helpful by the way) found a 5-day itinerary for us where we did the loop clockwise, going through the Chilliwack River valley first, and doing a side-trip to Whatcom Pass (which we intended to do anyway), before heading back over the Ridge. On the first day we left the car park (3100') and took the gentle path along Ruth Creek towards the pass. We wandered the ridge for another mile or so, with sweeping views still all around us. Skyline Lake January 10, 2019. Every time you stop, you are immediately attacked by swarms of biting flies. ... Copper Ridge / Chilliwack River Loop. i was still in runners. Keep left at fork after 1.5 miles and continue on 32 to trailhead about 5.4 miles from highway. I’m about to go to do the Copper Ridge. Along the ridge we bumped into the ranger. We hiked the final 3.2 miles of the day up Copper Ridge to Silesia Camp, getting great views back west to Mt. View 36 photos of this 4 bed, 3 bath, 4014 sqft. From Mapcarta, the free map. single family home located at 3116 E Copper Ridge Loop, Billings, MT, 59106 on sale now for $509900. We junked our trusty old water filter in favour of Katadyn MicroPur tabs. We had heard a lot of conflicting information on how to get there. Copper Ridge from Mapcarta, the free map. Black bears are common in the area. At boundary camp, we took a left turn and started the slow long climb out of the basin up onto the ridge. There is a bear-box for food storage at Copper Lake and I have to say, an outdoor bathroom with the best morning view around! They were big, about one to two feet, and bright red. But they come with a price. Redoubt, Whatcom Peak and Mt. Dennis – check with the ranger station in Glacier. We munched on pre-made PB&J, sandwiches and ate an apple. An excellent place to stop for lunch, and so we did. If you have choice, I would highly recommend Silesia. Last summer, Cody and I got a small taste of Copper Ridge Loop, which made us want to complete the whole loop this summer. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. I’m researching a possible trip there next summer and trip reports like yours have been a great help. With renewed vigor to check out the hut, we barreled up the 1000' ft climb in no time at all, arriving at Copper Mountain Lookout, (10.2mi, 6260'). How to Pack Ultralight for the West Coast Trail in under 10lbs. It took us about three hours. Shuksan, Bear Mountain and in the distance are peaks of Canada. Day 1: From the Hannegan trail head to Egg Lake camp Day 2: From Egg Lake camp to Indian Creek camp Day 3: From Indian Creek camp to the trailhead. next post. Great site and good hike description. Saw a bear on the trail preparing for the summer. After about a mile, the trail takes a few switch backs before starting a steepening ascent to Hannegan Camp. Moderate A backpacker enters a sunny spot on the Chilliwack River Trail. Your email address will not be published. If you turn right, there is a clear trail that goes for a half mile or so before it peters out, with fantastic views of Challenger Glacier. The answer, in short, is a resounding “yes”. ft. single-family home is a 4 bed, 3.0 bath property. This is an amazing hike. Required fields are marked *. At first we did not understand… how can it be that all permits are gone for multiple days out if you can only get the walk-in permits the day before? Trail Name: Copper Ridge Loop / North Cascades Loops. I think this same trail also takes you to the Middle Lakes (we didn’t do this) — there is a split about half-way which is nearly impossible to see when coming up but which is really clear coming down (just look for the trail going West as you come down). From the lookout tower, the path start descending again over a “hump” with continued views in all directions. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Views east were also outstanding of Mt. Type of Hike Multi-night backpack. From the Pass it’s an easy, and after the spectacle of the last couple of days, somewhat boring hike back to the parking lot. Eventually the trail crosses a boulder field and then a second boulder field with snow and ice remnants even in early September. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. If you do this again, camp at tapto lakes and visit whatcom pass. After a while, we caught a glimpse of the lookout cabin. They worked really well – it took seconds to fill the container with water and about 1/2 hr for the tabs to be effective. This home was built in 2013 and last sold on for. Copper Ridge Loop is a 30-ish-mile lollipop loop in the North Cascades. They were atrocious. Since our daily distances were short, we got a lazy late start. Without a doubt the second best hike I have done in Washington, with the Enchantments taking first place. Do you have any thoguhts (I know you liked the Enchantments as the best trip)? This is also where the worst of the flies start. Share. After hanging at the look out for a while, we started the decent into Copper Lake, (11.4mi, 6075'). The view from up top is very nice, sort of a poor-mans version of the Copper Ridge. It is worth it. Hannegan Pass has great views and is an open meadow area. Although there were a couple of large ones, it wasn’t nearly as bad as everyone made it sound, and we also ran into a couple of trail crews working hard on the cleanup. Note that we ran into one small stream during the way up, so make sure you carry enough drinking water. We dropped in and setup camp. This would be a worthwhile day hike destination if you don’t have the time or the luck getting a permit for the full loop. By the end of the day we reached out first camp site: US Cabin. I had pre-sealed the cheese in a vacuum packed bag, and so we dumped it in the Chilliwack for 20 minutes to get a nice chilled block of cheese before cracking the bag and chowing down. We thought we were in excellent shape for getting a permit, but as soon as we walked in, the ranger informed us that there were no permits available for the ridge until Friday (this was on a Tuesday morning). A few clips from a hike of 33 miles in North Cascades National Park. I’m flying in from quite a distance and this may be only trip to the area I’ll have so I want to make the best decision. Or at least ate our other PB&J sandwich and cracked open a bag of trail mix. Copper Ridge 211 Copper Trce New Braunfels TX 78132. The Copper Ridge Loop in the North Cascades is a classic backpacking route with epic climbs (over 8,000 feet of elevation gain), mountain lakes and streams, stellar alpine scenery, and even a self-propelled cable car river crossing. I’m guessing Late July and Aug will be nice and clear. Pay day. Almost immediately after this split, there’s the turnoff for Silesia camp, which was our destination for the evening. We had forgotten that the people who had gotten their walk-in permit several days before were still on the trail, so it actually made sense. Copper Ridge is a ridge in Montana and has an elevation of 5069 feet. If you haven’t reserved a permit for the Copper Ridge months in advance, you can still snag one of the small number of “walk-in permits” but only if you show up at the ranger station in Glacier in person on the day before your departure (you can also show up the day of the departure, but chances are low anything will be left by then). Photos, Maps and Videos! But soon we turned the corner, left the last of the good views behind us, and descended back into the forest. me and some buddies will probably do it sometim enext year. A small price to pay. Sun Di – yeah – no worries in August. Do it if you can. It seemed to get worse towards the end of the hike, after a couple of warm sunny days, when the swarms got to be near-biblical. wow the Cascades look amazing. Since we had gotten a very early start from Tacoma, we showed up at the ranger station in the tiny town of Glacier at 10am on the day before we planned to go. 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