Longs Pass

Trail No. 1229

Elevation 6300' - 5 miles roundtrip

JULY 8, 2006  - A Mountaineers hike  as part of a BWT and CHS weekend at Meany Lodge.  It was already very warm when we left the trailhead, elevation 4243', and the day just got hotter and dryer as we hiked up the steep, exposed trail.   The views of the Esmerelda Peaks and Basin were lovely, and Mount Rainier was faintly visible in the distance.  Vegetation is sparse on this trail, and rocks dominate the scenery.  Mount Stuart remains hidden on this hike until it makes a grand entrance immediately after you round the last of many switchbacks.  A real show-stopper, and a magnificent backdrop for a lunch break before heading back down.