The Little Beaver Trail leads approximately 17 miles from Whatcom Pass to Ross Lake. The terrain is easy, as the path follows the Little Beaver Creek from its headwaters downstream to its mouth. This trail is not always well maintained and is often blocked in several places by avalanche debris. Because it follows the valley of Little Beaver Creek views are limited. Before beginning this trek ask for current conditions at a park ranger station or information center.
The Little Beaver Trail can be accessed from Whatcom Pass, Big Beaver Trail or Little Beaver boat-in campground on Ross Lake. This description follows the trail from Whatcom Pass to Ross Lake. The elevation at Whatcom Pass is 5,220 feet, the trail descends slowly from this point after the initial descent into the valley.
Walking eastward from the pass the track descends nearly 2,000 feet in the first mile. This is the most difficult portion of the trail. It reaches the northern bank of Little Beaver Creek and parallels the stream to Ross Lake.
The first small stream crossing occurs shortly after you reach the valley floor. This is the outlet stream for Middle Lakes. The trail crosses another stream approximately one and a half miles east of the first stream crossing. This small stream is the outlet of East Lakes on the eastern ridge of Red Face Mountain north of Little Beaver Creek. Within a mile of the East Lakes outlet stream are some dispersed campsites at Twin Rocks. A short distance beyond these camping sites you'll reach Pass Creek and cross it.
Two miles beyond Twin Rocks, Little Beaver Trail intersects Big Beaver Trail. Continue eastward along the northern creek bank from this junction. In less than a mile the trail reaches Stillwell Camp. There are no facilities for horses or other livestock at this site. Continuing eastward you'll make four stream crossings before reaching Perry Creek. The second stream, Redoubt Creek, being the largest of these, as is drains from the southern flanks of Mt. Redoubt and the Redoubt glacier.
Six and a half miles from Stillwell Camp is Perry Creek and the camping area of the same name. This camping area does not accommodate stock animals. It lies on the eastern banks of Perry Creek, which has carved a wide valley from the waters of Redoubt glacier.
Approximately one and a half miles from Perry Camp, Little Beaver Trail enters Ross Lake National Recreation Area. From this point the trail begins to descend more steeply along switchbacks. Beyond the park boundary it is approximately two miles to the Little Beaver boat-in camping area. From this point on Ross Lake's western shore a boat taxi is the only alternative to hiking westward on the Little Beaver Trail. Boat taxi reservations can be made in advance ask for information when you obtain your backcountry permit.
Directions: From Ross Lake, This trail begins from the Little Beaver boat-in Camp on the northwestern shore of Ross Lake.
Elevation: 5,220 feet
Ending Elevation: 1,640 feet
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