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Stiletto Vista

North Cascades

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WTA Member

 

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Hiked Sep 14, 2021

Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Obstacles on trail:
    Trees down across trail,
    Overgrown in places.

Road

Road suitable for all vehicles

Bugs

No bugs

Snow

Snow free

Quick report for the Stiletto Peak area.

Parked at the Bridge Creek TH and immediately noticed a couple cars had been broken into.  We paused to consider changing plans but decided if it's happening here, it will be along all the THs on Hwy 20.  We had very little in the car so felt pretty good about leaving the car for the day.

The mile stretch on the PCT is in great shape.

Stiletto Spur trail is overgrown in places and has a handful of blowdowns to navigate.  However, we had no problems following the trail.   If you start early or it's raining, expect to get wet from the waist down.

Stiletto Peak (or Vista) Trail is a mixed bag.  At times the tread is in great shape and it's easy cruising.  But there are some overgrown sections and some significant blowdowns that force climbing up, under or around.  We had no issues locating the trail as you break into the meadows above the trees but there are so many cairns marking the way that you should have no issues.  Finally, there is one water source early on along this stretch of trail but after that it's dry.

Most important, fall colors.  Leafy foliage is already turning bright orange, red and yellow but the larches are still very green.  I suspect two more weeks till they are popping.

Rain hit on our exit and we got pretty wet navigating through all the brush but were happy to see some much needed moisture in this area! 




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