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2000 Pasayten - Buckskin Ridge
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Buckskin Ridge - Paseyton Wilderness
August 2000

Buckskin Ridge/Cascade Crest Trail
Day 1: Slate Pass to Silver Lake
Day 2: Silver Lake to Buckskin Lake
Day 3: Buckskin Lake Wild Goose Chase
Day 4: Buckskin Lake to Coney Basin
Day 5: Coney Basin to Goat Lake
Day 6: Goat Lake to Trailhead

Beginning Descent from Top of Buckskin Ridge

A six day trip in the Pasayten Wilderness covering a little over 47 miles and with about 16000 feet of elevation gain and loss, including a wild goose chase at Buckskin Lake, a river that "flowed the wrong way", and a couple of 13 mile Death Marches (for me anyway).

Troop 24 Adults: "Cascade" Bill Mooseker, Greg Phillips

Troop 24 Scouts: Danny Stallings, Peter Goodwin, Shelby Stong, Roger Shively

Troop 24 "The High Adventure Troop" Backpacking Trip
-Cascade Bill Mooseker


Date(s): August 7-12, 2000. Album by Cascade Bill. Photos by Cascade Bill. 1 - 70 of 70 Total. 1137 Visits.
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Hello Fellow Scouts !
Looks like a great trip !  I love that part of Washington !  I'm a Asst. Scoutmaster with Troop 714 based at St. Stephen The Martyr Church in Renton, WA.  Stumbled on your site from a Google search !

Keep up the good work !
MC
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Mark Cook, Wed, 30 Mar 2005 11:58AM
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Shelby, Peter, Roger, Greg, and Danny at Slate pass (about 100 yds from trailhead) The Buckskin Ridge Trail takes off just a couple of switchbacks below the highest elevation that you can drive to in the state of Washington - the Slate Peak Lookout on peak in background.

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Along Buckskin Ridge near Slate Pass.

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Looking south - Robinson Pass at center

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Greg fishing at Silver Lake - lots of small brookies.

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Danny & Peter catchin a few rays in the late afternoon sun.

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Shallow Silver Lake

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Day 2 - Guys at Silver Pass

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Valley on west side of Buckskin Ridge down from Silver Pass

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Climbing up very steep stril on west side of Buckskin Ridge.

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View from climb up Buckskin Ridge

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Roger, Peter, & Danny - Buckskin Ridge

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Taking a break on climb up Buckskin Ridge.

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Climbing over ridge crest down the eastern side of Buckskin Ridge.

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Trail descends to this saddle and then switchbacks to the right down to a basin below.

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Greg Phillips descending along ridge before dropping down switchbacks on east side of Buckskin Ridge.

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Taking a break in the Meadowed Basin  (far) below the ridge crest.

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Day 3: Bill, Peter, Roger, Danny & Shelby - Leaving Buckskin Lake

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Buckskin Lake - We would follow old abandoned trail on wild goose chase over pass above lake.

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The Green Trails map shows the trail continuing along the ridge north of Buckskin Lake.  But after a while our trail peters out - Where is the Trail?

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Nothing but Meadows - no trail

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Finally after heading back towards Buckskin Lake we find a faint trail, Lets see where it goes.

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Heading along the trail above Buckskin Lake.

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View of Buckskin Lake from the vague trail.

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View from the ridge above Buckskin Lake.

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Greg, Danny, and Roger following vague tread down opposite side of ridge (trail soon disappears and way is blocked by cliffs making  a return to Buckskin Lake necessary.)

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After our wild goose chase on an old abandoned sheep trail to nowhere we enjoy Moonlight and Campfire at Buckskin Lake - for 2nd night.

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Bridge over river that runs the wrong way (due to a confusing Green Trails map we hiked a ways up the Point Defiance trail) - We found the correct trail out of Buckskin Lake and had to climb over hundreds of fallen logs that were over the unmaintained trail.

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Danny & Peter taking a dip in river.  Brrrrr! That's cold!

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Shelby watches Danny and Peter taking a dip in the stream.

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Bill - about half way up Rock Creek - There's a campsite around here somewhere (a good half hour or so!)
Climbing up Rock Creek, we met a Forest Service trail crew that had just finished clearing out an avalanche jungle of tumbled trees. There was one girl packing a 2-man saw that looked like she would win an arm wrestling match with any of us!


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Enlarged view of previous photo - Unfortunately, we were never able to find "Brown Bear Camp" that was called out on the topo map, so we had to continue on to Coney Basin below Woody Pass.  It was a really long day.

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View of Rock Pass from our camp at Coney Basin.

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Taking a breac at junction of Cascade Crest Trail/ Rock Cr. Trail in meadow below Woody Pass - Pete, Shelby, Roger, Danny, and Greg.

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Descending switchbacks from Woody Pass onwards to Rock Pass.

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Climbing up to Rock Pass - Looking north to Woody Pass.

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Break at Rock Pass.

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Break at Rock Pass - Pete, Shelby, Roger, Bill, and Danny.

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Danny

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Along Crest Trail south of Rock Pass.

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Leaving Cascade crest Trail to head to Goat Lake.

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Sunset at Goat Lake - We had a little bit of contention at our camp when Greg tore a page out of Peter's Fantasy novel and put it in the campfire.  I later on read that same book and it turned out that that page was really crucial to the story!

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Day 6 : Heading from Goat Lake back to Crest Trail.  Rock Pass is to right of Peak.

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We Were Lost! - Bill, Shelby, Roger, Peter, & Danny - They'll never let me forget the "River that runs the wrong way"!

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Peter & Danny

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Shelby & Roger

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View along Crest Trail before descending to Holman Pass. Along this stretch, we met a "Thru-Hiker" that had done the entire trail from Mexico to Canada and was on the return trip.  Hope he made it before the snows fell.

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Crest Trail below pass above Windy Basin.

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Guys at pass above Windy Basin - Peak on Buckskin Ridge in background.

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Greg, Roger, Danny, Shelby, & Peter.

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Looking down on Windy Basin - Windy Pass at center.

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Peaks south of Windy Pass.

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View from Crest Trail looking south.

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Looking back to Windy Pass.

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Ridge hugging Crest Trail a couple of miles south of Windy Pass

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Basin along Crest Trail.

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Beautiful section of trail south of Windy Pass - we had planned on camping at the pass but it was mediocre at best so we decided to push on out to the trailhead.

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Crest Trail view.

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Looking back to Windy Pass a couple of basins back

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Looking south along Crest Trail

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Slate Peak Lookout from west side of ridge.

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Looking southwest from trail.

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Bill at end of day near trailhead.

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Mr. Commish, Roger, & Shelby

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"Mr. Commish" - a new hood "ornament" for the Gray Ghost that the boys duct taped to the car before I got there.

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Peter - We did it!

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BUCKSKIN 2000.pdf
PDF document showing the mileages and feet climbed and lost for each day of the trip.

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