Buck Creek Pass Trail 789


This trail connects the Pacific Crest Trail to Buck Creek Pass within Glacier Peak Wilderness. The north end of the trail begins at 4,600-feet elevation on the Pacific Crest Trail, roughly 2.5 miles south of Suiattle Pass. Begin climbing out of the valley floor, switch backing steeply up the hill. At two miles, Sheep Camp Trail 787 leads off to the left. As the name implies, sheepherders once used this trail heavily. This short one-mile trail follows a ridge below Fortress Mountain with spectacular views of Glacier Peak. The area offers campsites with water available for stockmen and backpackers.

Continue up the Middle Ridge for three miles and come to Buck Creek Pass, famed for its vistas of Glacier Peak. Views of Flower Dome, Helmet Butte and Liberty Cap on a clear day are among the most spectacular in the wilderness. The pass is closed to horse camping except in designated camps. Find Flower Dome Trail 799 north of the pass at 0.5 miles, a short one-mile route that follows along an alpine spur to the rounded summit. A hike to the top of this aptly named mountain offers a marvelous view amid meadows with an incredible range of wildflowers.

Buck Creek Trail 1513 continues 9.3 miles and ends at Chiwawa River Road 6200 on the Wenatchee National Forest.

At a Glance

Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer/Fall
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply within Glacier Peak Wilderness.
Information Center: Check current conditions or call Darrington Ranger District office at 360-436-1155.

General Information


This trail is within the Glacier Peak Wilderness off the Pacific Crest Trail 2000, two and a halfmiles south of Suiattle Pass.

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  Area/Length : 
5 miles

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  Elevation : 
4600 feet - 5900 feet