Lend a hand on one of the longest trails in the US—the Pacific Crest Trail. Your camp is in the shadow of Mount Daniels, on the shores of a crystalline mountain lake. You’ll work just underneath the magnificent Cathedral Rock, on the switchbacks leading down to your camp at Deep Lake. Pick some huckleberries in the neighboring meadow on your way to work each day, and make sure to make it up to the magical Peggy’s Pond on your day off.
Difficult 8 mile backpack with 2200' gain and 1200', but there is plenty of time so enjoy the journey. Be prepared to hike up to 3-5 miles a day.
The PCT between Deep Lake and Cathedral Rock is in dire need of some WTA love. Drainage, treadwork, structure repair and brushing on on the menu. You can expect some elevation gain a few miles traveled each day.
The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest extends southward from the North Cascades National Park to Mt Adams. It is bordered on the west by the crest of the Cascade Range and on the east by the Columbia Plateau. In the south the terrain is gentler with peaks in the range of 6-7,000 feet while in the north the peaks are more spectacular with summits in excess of 9,000 feet. The Forest contains two volcanoes, Glacier Peak and Mt. Adams. Lake Chelan, an immense glacier carved lake in the northern part of the Forest is surrounded by the Glacier Peak Wilderness and the Chelan Sawtooth Wilderness. In the south the William O. Douglas Wilderness is adjacent to Mt. Adams. The Forest is distinguished from its western neighbor, the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, by a drier climate. The timber is ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, and larch. In fact the true crest of the Cascades may be the western limit of the alpine larch. The trail system is extensive with over 3,000 miles. Early trails were the result of exploration, prospecting, and cattle and sheep grazing. The bulk of the trail system was built in the 1920's and 30's for fire lookouts and protection. Most of these trails were built for rapid access at the expense of the environment. The population east of the Cascade Crest is much smaller than that of Puget Sound. Puget Sounders, however, are here in considerable number and many of trails that begin on highways connecting to Puget Sound are heavily used. The Wenatchee does however offer many backcountry primitive experiences.
This is one of our Volunteer Vacations. There is $235 fee ($195 for WTA members). You will be required to fill out an application form including your outdoors experience and medical history before we can allow you to join the trip.
This is a week-long work party. You must be 18 years or older to attend. Participants must be able to attend all days. Late
arrivals and early departures are not allowed.
GPS coordinates are only approximate, please always use the written driving directions when trying to find a trail head