High Pass Trail #676

  

This trail is within Mt. Baker Wilderness. From Twin Lakes Trailhead start on the Winchester Mountain Trail #685 and take a right at the trail junction with High Pass Trail #676 at 0.5 mile.

The left fork continues to the Winchester Lookout. You will traverse an avalanche chute beneath Winchester Mountain, climb to Low Pass and then to High Pass. Find remains of the old Gargett Mine near High Pass. An unmarked scramble leads beyond High Pass to the top of 7,000 foot Mount Larrabee. Steep, exposed snow fields can linger into August. You will need an ice axe and experience traveling on snow to reach High Pass before the snow melts.

At a Glance

Open Season: Summer - Fall
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Fall
Restrictions: Hikers only. No campfires. Wilderness regulations apply, limiting party size to 12.
Closest Towns: Glacier, Washington
Water: No potable water.
Restroom: Vault toilet at trailhead. Pack out human waste using blue bags or another system.
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass required at Twin Lakes Trailhead.
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center: Check current conditions or call Mt. Baker Ranger District office or Glacier Public Service Center

General Information

Directions:

From Glacier, WA travel east on Mt. Baker Highway SR 542 for Twelve miles. Turn left on Twin Lakes Road #3065. The road is located at the east end of the Department of Transportation's Shuksan maintenance facility. After 4.5 miles, reach the Tomyhoi Lake/Yellow Aster Butte Trailhead. The road beyond this point is narrow, with few pullouts, and is not maintained for passenger vehicles. During summer there may be mining truck traffic traveling on the road. High clearance vehicles can negotiate the remaining two miles to Twin Lakes. Four-wheel drive is not necessary, but helpful. Check with the ranger station for road conditions before heading out. The trailhead is located 6.5 miles from the highway between the two lakes.


General Notes:

Black bears frequent the area. Food and scented items need to be stored in a secure manner.

Maps:
• Green Trails: Mt. Shusksan #14
• USGS: Mount Larrabee
• USFS: Mt. Baker Ranger District and Mt. Baker Wilderness
 


Parking:

Parking for 30+ vehicles.


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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
  3.0 miles
  Latitude : 
48.94369672389737
  Longitude : 
-121.66120290756225
  Elevation : 
5,200