Devils Loop– Photo Trip Report

Trail Name: Crater-Jackita Ridge-Devils Loop Trip Report
Distance: 43-ish miles
Date of Trip: September 20-22, 2011
Permit Info: An overnight permit is required but can easily be obtained at the Methow Ranger District.
Getting There: From Seattle, take I5-N, then Highway 20-E towards Winthrop. Ample parking at the trailhead a few miles after Ross Dam.

Trail Map:

Map from 100 Classic Hikes in Washington

This trip report is going to be a little different – normally I include all the excruciating detail; however – on this trip I decided to keep on my notes in my iPhone vs. my usual pen & paper method; and ended up killing my phone. The trip was almost 6 months ago and I have the memory of a goldfish, so I can’t recall all the details.

However, my friend Tim took some great photos that are just too good not to share so here goes a quick photo-trip report.

Overview:

This trail covers 40+ miles of spectacular terrain dipping into the lonely and vast Pasayten Wilderness in northern Washington. We took it anti-clockwise starting with a big climb up to Crater Lake and heading north to Devils Pass. From here you can do an extended loop (90m or so) by going north, but we only had a few days and so opted for the shortcut west across Devils Dome and a very flat hike out along the lake shore.

Day 1:

Trail Sign Near Ross Lake

 

Old ruin near ruby peak

Old ruin near ruby peak

 

Crater Lake (more like bug-pool)

Crater Lake (more like bug-pool)

 

Logging notes in my phone

Logging notes in my phone

 

The elusive Pickett Range

The elusive Pickett Range

Messy Camp

Messy Camp

Moody Weather

Moody Weather

Day 2:

Someone carried that thing up HERE?

Someone carried that thing up HERE?

 

Devils Park

Devils Park

 

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Stunning Peaks

Hunters Cabin

Hunters Cabin

 

My favorite trail lunch

My favorite trail lunch

 

Vast meadows of the Pasaten

Vast meadows of the Pasaten

 

Jack Mountain

Jack Mountain

 

Pretty Lake & Waterfall

Pretty Lake & Waterfall

 

Long Rubble Decent

Long Rubble Decent

 

Lenticular clouds. Spells Trouble!

Lenticular clouds. Spells Trouble!

Miles and miles from nearest roads

Miles and miles from nearest roads

Collapsed Shelter

Collapsed Shelter

Only water source was a rusty pipe "spring"

Only water source was a rusty pipe “spring”

Day 3:

A wet start

A wet start

 

And so started day 3. It dumped on us all morning with brutal wind. Our cameras didn’t come out after this. Devils Done was rough – the umbrellas had a tough time in the exposure and sideways rain, so the waterproof jackets had to ensure most of it. By the time we reached the shores of Ross Lake for our camp site, it was still somewhat early in the afternoon. Faced with a soggy night, we opted for a hike out. We came out by headlamps after an epic 24 mile day.

I made the mistake of taking new shoes for this trip and not replacing the insoles with super-feet. The stock inserts were awful when fully saturated and hiking hard and kept folding up uncomfortably. I won’t make that mistake again.

3 thoughts on “Devils Loop– Photo Trip Report

  1. Josh

    Wow, looks beautiful. Thanks for trying to remember the trip and sharing it out. Nice photos Tim! The panorama of the mountain range with the cloudy sky is spectacular.

  2. Bill

    Great hike Brett – I did that same trip with my nephew two seasons ago. Tough climb up to Devils Park that first day! Were you beyond Devils Dome (towards the lake) when you started your last long day?

  3. brettm Post author

    hey bill,

    sorry for delayed reply! … no on the last day we were well before devils dome – closer to devils park. it was a long day, the climb over devils dome was awful – pounding sideways rain and high winds. hope to get back and see it in calmer times!
    -b

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