Sourdough Gap Overlook - Pacific Crest Trail, Washington
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Hikenutty
N 46° 54.061 W 121° 30.013
10T E 614231 N 5195256
Quick Description: Sourdough Gap lies at the border of Mt. Rainier National Park and Wenatchee National Forest along the Pacific Crest Trail. From one side you view Sheep Lake and the surrounding mountains, and from the other you look down into Mt. Rainier Nat'l Park.
Location: Washington, United States
Date Posted: 8/19/2007 5:16:37 PM
Waymark Code: WM21CM
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
Views: 55

Long Description:
The views from Sourdough Gap are quite beautiful. It lies along the Pacific Crest Trail near the border of Mt. Rainier National Park and the Wenatchee National Forest. The nearest access point is at the Pacific Crest Trail entry point at the crest of Chinook Pass. From the parking area take the N(W)leg of the trail and head toward Sheep Lake. You'll reach the lake at about 1.5 miles. Continue along the trail and wind up the mountainside until at 3.3 miles you'll reach the gap.

From the gap you can look down one side to the basin containing Sheep Lake. On the other side you can see the trail dropping down into a wide basin located within Mt. Rainier National Park. If you continue into the park you can head on to Pickaxe Gap and Bear Gap. Of course, that would be a 17.5 mile round trip.

If you like to backpack there are tent sites near Sheep Lake, and further along near Bear Gap.

Type of overlook: trail

Picnic tables: no

Benches: no

Water/restrooms: no

Overlook designation: just a view

Elevation: 6,455.00

Sheep Lake and basin, Mt. Rainier National Park, wildflower fields in July and August.

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