Sheep Lake Trail (PCT)
ElevationAscent: 469' 143 m
Descent: -469' -143 m
High: 5,760' 1,756 m
Low: 5,354' 1,632 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)
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“Enjoy this route for a lovely day run or short overnight backpack.”— Emily Roeben
Most of the trail is cut out of a steep and rocky hillside, so a few places may be a little rough, but
still kid friendly. Although cut from the stone, the hillside above and below is meadow-land. After 1.25 miles, the trail turns in towards the alpine forest, becoming smooth and marking a halfway-point to Sheep Lake.
Campsites are first-come first-serve and are scattered around the lake. Scout troupes often use this Sheep Lake as an overnight camp, so don't be surprised if you see a large groups of kids. Everyone can enjoy finding tadpoles around the shoreline during the right season.
For an additional run, folks can stay on the trail for another mile to reach Sourdough Gap, which offers additional views, though not of Mt. Rainier.
There are bathrooms in the parking area, which may be seasonally closed or crowded.
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Land Manager: USFS - Okanogan & Wenatchee National Forest Office