Little Beaver/Big Beaver Loop

September 28th, 2015 in Trips, Trails, & Tours

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When you are dreaming about your next backpack I would suggest leafing through “Classic Hikes of North America” by Peter Potterfield. This is a book of breathtaking treks that I have reviewed in the past and gaze at it often. There are three Washington hikes in the book. This fall we hiked the Little Beaver- Big Beaver Loop in North Cascades National Park. It is known for the grove of thousand-year-old western red cedars in the Big Beaver valley. The entire loop is gorgeous along with the optional side trip to Whatcom Pass.

David and LizI hiked with David and Liz, we have had many miles of joyful backpacking together. We hired a boat from Ross Lake Resort to drop us off to start the hike at Little Beaver Valley. We headed up the valley with one overnight on the way to Stillwell Camp where we spent 2 nights and shared the area with a beautiful black bear! We were glad we had bear canisters. On our free day we hiked up to Whatcom Pass into the Pickets with views of Mount Challenger. Steep elevation gain in the last 2 miles to the pass made the hike challenging but the views were worth it…a 15 mile day.

Steep trail shored up with timbers

Steep trail shored up with timbers

We left Stillwell Camp and headed over Beaver Pass into the Big Beaver valley. Those awesome cedar trees were yet to come! We spent our last night along the trail and wandered back down to Ross Lake through amazing trees. The boat picked us up and we headed home. We hiked 48 glorious miles.

Chris