Cameron Creek Trail

Upper Cameron Basin
Upper Cameron Basin from Cameron Creek

Jim Patterson

Description
Trail Conditions
Camping
Special Concerns
Safety
Map
Photos







Notices:

  • Storms can happen at any time in any season. Learn and practice off-trail navigation skills.
  • Higher sections of this trail are subalpine and require bear canisters. Trees are too small and the area is too fragile to hang your food. Pick up a bear canister at the Wilderness Information Center (WIC) in Port Angeles.
 

Description

Ecosystem type: Montane forest and subalpine meadow
Trail tread types: Low maintenance
General elevation trend: Moderate to steep
Unique features: Engleman Spruce, high country meadows
Level of difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 7.1 miles from Three Forks to junction with Cameron Pass Trail
Elevation change: 2100 feet to 4200 feet
Best Season: Late June through October

 

Camping

Permits/Reservations: Obtain permits at the Wilderness Information Center (WIC) in Port Angeles. No reservations necessary.
Food Storage Method: Bear canisters are required in the subalpine high country where food cannot be hung at least 12 feet high and 10 feet out from the nearest tree trunk.
Campsites: Three Forks
Toilet Facilities: None. Bury waste 6-8" deep and 200 feet from water sources and campsites. Please pack out toilet paper.
Water Source: Cameron Creek and nearby streams. Always boil, filter, or chemically treat your drinking water to prevent Giardia infection.
Stock: Allowed. See Stock Use.

 

Special Concerns

Leave No Trace: Please Leave No Trace of your stay to help protect park resources and to prevent further camping regulations. Camp in pre-existing bare ground sites only.
Fires: Fires are not allowed above 3,500 feet.
Wildlife Precautions: Save the Bears! Please learn how to properly secure your food to protect bears and yourself. Bear Resistant Food Containers are recommended in Cameron Basin. Do not feed any wild animals!
Safety: When traveling on snow, bring an ice axe and know how to use it.

 

Safety

  • Always carry the 10 Essentials: map, compass, flashlight, knife, matches, nylon cord, extra food and water, and rain gear with warm clothes.
  • Map & compass navigation skills may be necessary in places along this trail. Snow may cover higher reaches of this trail in any season, so know how to navigate without a trail for guidance.
  • Let someone know where and when you are taking your hike. Make emergency plans for them to follow if you do not return.
  • Watch the weather before and during your hike. Storms move quickly. Always check weather forecasts before your trip and watch the weather closely during your trip.
 
Cameron Pass
Summer view of Upper Cameron Basin and Cameron Pass.  This steep section of scree can be dangerous.  The north side of the pass is often icy until August. Crampons, ice axe, and rope are often necessary to traverse safely.
 
Cameron Pass with snow looking North
Cameron Pass with snow looking North. An ice axe and crampons were required to traverse the steep north side of the pass when this photo was taken in early July.

Jason Bausher

 

Last updated: June 21, 2017

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