WA – Jack Mountain Circumnavigation (Part 2)

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Goodbye Crater Mountain, hello Jack Mountain. 

The shelter at Devils Park might not meet AAA standards.

Who walks here? 

Jerry Glacier on Crater Mountain and Nohokomeen Glacier on Jack Mountain. 

Guess who was surprised to see me? Ms. Grouse! 

Jerry Lakes on Crater Mountain to the left, Jack Mountain to the right.

Oh how I dislike scree. This was the worst section of trail. Slow and steady as she goes. 

Now you know why I call this the Jack Mountain vs Devils Dome loop. Jack is visible 75% of the loop while the Devil is visible maybe 20%. 

Jackita Ridge was spectacular. Sadly I was there at the wrong time of day to capture the best photos. Crossing through a sub-alpine zone to reach North Fork Devils Creek was not exactly fun as bushwhacking through very steep, eroded, overgrown trail was required. I missed the trail junction to Anacortes Crossing, which I read was worth a sidetrip.

to be continued . . .

Trip Details

  • Dates Hiked: August 22-26, 2016
  • Mileage: Approximately 50 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: Approximately 16,000′
  • Trail Conditions:
    • Day 1 – B+, only a few down trees and eroded trail
    • Day 2 – C, scree field and steep eroded overgrown trail near North Fork Devils Creek
    • Day 3 – A-, better signage needed for Deception Pass, Devils Pass shelter and Devils Pass spring
    • Day 4 – C, steep and dusty descending from Dry Creek Pass
    • Day 5 – B, not too many down trees nor overgrowth but could use some love
  • Solitude Factor:
    • Day 1 – two groups of 2 people each hiking out (one of the groups was day hikers)
    • Day 2 – two tents at the Crater Mountain junction, one solo hiker hiking loop in opposite direction
    • Day 3 – two at Devils Dome, two at Dry Creek Pass
    • Day 4 – too many to count, probably at least 20 going the opposite direction up to Dry Creek Pass
    • Day 5 – didn’t see anyone
  • Bugs:
    • Day 1 – no skeeters or biting flies
    • Day 2 – bees taking care of the flowers in the subalpine areas
    • Day 3 – zip except bees minding their own business
    • Day 4 – another bug-free day
    • Day 5 – zip
  • Precipitation:
    • Day 1 – a few light showers
    • Day 2 – zip, just some nice clouds
    • Day 3 – zip
    • Day 4 – another shower-free day
    • Day 5 – zip
  • Temperature:
    • Day 1 – 36 overnight low
    • Day 2 – 40 overnight low
    • Day 3 – 40 overnight low
    • Day 4 – 59 overnight low

Loop Direction:

The positives of hiking counterclockwise are the initial climb is much more friendly with better switchbacks, trail is shaded, water is plentiful, and camping is available sooner. The positives of hiking clockwise is using the ferry to cut-off 15 miles of trail, or getting the permitted section out of the way first giving you freedom of campsites the remainder of the trip.

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