Sourdough Gap from Sheep Lake
The hike to Sourdough Gap from Sheep Lake is an enjoyable moderate outing, clocking in at 10.8 km and offering scenic views of Sheep Lake and the subalpine forest. While there are countless trails in this region and several ways to reach Sourdough Gap, the route from Sheep Lake is not as difficult as some others while still offering the same carpets of wildflowers and lofty views.
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Route Description for Sourdough Gap from Sheep Lake
Sourdough Gap is a fantastic natural viewpoint over Sheep Lake and the surrounding mountains and forest, and is one of many trails that navigate this beautiful part of Mount Rainier National Park. To enjoy this trail, begin hiking towards Sheep Lake.
After the first mile, which traverses a steep slope above the highway, you’ll turn north, finding reprieve from the road noise. Enjoy peeks of the view through the trees.
Sheep Lake is often occupied by hikers and splashing kids, so take some time here to enjoy the lake if you wish. Otherwise, hike around the lake, then begin a steeper climb following the valley wall. Sourdough Gap is a rocky gap in the saddle between two peaks, and from it, you can see Sheep Lake, the Crystal Lakes Basin, Mount St. Helens, and Mt. Adams.
After you’ve sufficiently soaked up the views, retrace your steps, perhaps stopping for a splash in Sheep Lake.
Getting to the Sourdough Gap from Sheep Lake Trailhead
To get to the trailhead for the hike to Sourdough Gap from Sheep Lake from Enumclaw, head east on Highway 410 for just over 80.5 km to the Pacific Crest Trail parking lot on the left side of the road. The trailhead can be found on the east side of the lot behind the toilets.
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