If the person who named Easy Pass subscribed to the Iceland/Greenland naming convention, then there must be a trail somewhere named Difficult Pass that is easy. That being said, the trail takes a good effort to reach the pass but it is not overwhelmingly difficult.
Plan on visiting Easy Pass in late season unless you are prepared to deal with snow and steep terrain on the last mile of the trail. Much of the trail is in the shadow of Ragged Ridge and therefore one of the last passes to melt out. It is usually inaccessible until August. If you hike the pass when the last quarter mile of the trail is covered with snow, try to skirt it on the right where there might be bare rock.
The first two miles are wooded. After you cross Easy Pass the second time at 2.3 miles, the cleft of Easy Pass will become visible. As you ascend towards the pass views of Cutthroat Peak and Mt. Hardy become visible towards the east. At 3.6 miles you will reach Easy Pass at 6,500 feet.
Camping is not allowed at Easy Pass. Campsites are available in Fisher Basin another 2 miles beyond Easy Pass. If you want to make a one way trip, follow Fisher Creek trail to Thunder Creek Trail through Park Creek Pass and Park Creek Trail to Pacific Crest Trail to the Rainy Pass picnic area.
Drive 21.5 miles east from Colonial Creek campground on highway 20 (between mile post 151 and 152) to trailhead on south side of highway. If you are coming from the east, drive 6.3 miles west from the Rainy Pass picnic aea.
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Trail inf0 contributed by: Mr. Trail
Added on: 2008-09-14 19:30:58
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