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Cat Basin Appleton Pass Way Trail

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This remote feeling trail circles the ridgeline high above Haigs Lake


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3.1

Miles

4.9

KM

79%

Runnable

5,517' 1,682 m

High

4,974' 1,516 m

Low

930' 283 m

Up

524' 160 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

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Features Lake · Views · Wildflowers

Runner Notes

Talus and snowfields abound.

Description

From Swimming Bear Lake, the Cat Basin Appleton Pass Way Trail heads northeast across scrubby open slopes, no shade here! After some initial running on level ground, head steeply uphill through large rocky talus patches and snow fields. This is challenging work! Turn sharply north to contour below a looming ridgeline on the less steep terrain. Keep ascending through sparse trees and rocky slopes to gain the ridge. Enjoy the views from here before descending abruptly into the valley that forms the headwaters of the Sol Duc River. Climb back up to the ridge and arrive at Appleton Pass and gape at the vertical relief all around you (High Divide, Mt. Olympus, Mt. Carrie, Mt. Appleton).

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Megan W

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View of Swimming Bear Lake from the blueberries' perspective. Mt. Olympus in the background
Aug 25, 2017 near Port An…, WA
View of the Lake and campground upon approach.
Aug 26, 2017 near Port An…, WA

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