Plan your tripCurrent Season: SUMMER2018
What is happening at the pass: The bugs are out in force, so bring your head net, bug shirt, spray and pants. Leech Lake has been stocked for the season and the campground is open. The PCT trail heads are easily accessible on both sides of Highway 12 and section hikers are coming in steadily. PCT section I has been cleared of downed trees North of HWY 12.
Recommended Day Trip Activities:
Drive 5 minutes to the East and park at the Clear Creek Falls overlook. The waterfall is roaring with the spring melt and you have a neat paved access path and fenced lookout area.
Drive to the South East Mount Rainier entrance and visit the Grove of the Patriarchs. For a day-trip, continue on 123 - the road is open up to Tipsoo lake (Naches Peak Loop) and the snow is almost melted, meaning bugs are not yet as bad there.
The loop around Leech Lake is snow free and so are the cross country trails in the area. Enjoy the ~2 mile walk listening for woodpeckers, seeing trillium and smelling skunk cabbage in bloom.
Pool: Heated to 85 degrees and comfortable for swimming in the mountains!