I know that these trails and bridges were all destroyed by flooding several years ago, and the PCT was re-routed east of Glacier Peak, over Boulder Pass, Little Giant Pass and Buck Creek Pass. Many hikers chose the off-trail shortcut up the Napeequa River, over High Pass, to Buck Creek Pass.
Can anyone tell me what the status of the original PCT route West of Glacier Peak is? Have those bridges been rebuilt?
I'm wondering about the feasibility of a circumnavigation of Glacier Peak:either entirely on-trail, or a combination of on-trail with off-trail options...which might include dropping to the headwaters of the Suiattle River from near White Pass, or the more heavily-travelled Napeequa River/High Pass route. (I've always wanted to visit the Napeequa River/High Pass.)
This is old news maybe, since you posted this in February. But I think the PCT route is still going the original way on the west side of glacier peak. You have to drop down several miles to another bridge over the Suattle River, and then several miles back up. So it might be longer than the maps show, depending on your map. I guess everyone with phones these days might have more accurate info.
The High pass route is the way to go, coolest part in my opinion of that area without going off trail completely.
Any route you take around Glacier Peak is going to be pretty sweet. I kind of did that last summer looping out of the White River trailhead. The trail up to White Pass from the White River is no longer maintained, and a complete nightmare to go up. No trail and a complete bush whack for a few miles. There is another trail that crosses the white river and goes up the left side of the river until climbing up to the PCT, and that one is maintained I believe.