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7/29/16 - Lots of wildflowers and some patchy snow in higher elevation trails.

Trail Name and Number Current Status Date

Andrews Creek
504

Trial cleared of down trees to Boundary Trail 533. The beginning 12 miles of this trail burned over in 2003, trees come down frequently on this portion of trail.

7/19/16

Bear Mountain
442

Open, trail cleared of down trees.

7/7/16

Beaver Lake
356

Many down trees on trail. Area burned over in 2015 wildfire.

7/7/16

 

Blue Lake Trail
314

Down trees cleared from trail.  WARNING: Habituated Mountain Goats in Area. Havituated wildlife can become aggressive. Keep dogs on a leash. Stay at least 50 yards away from all wildlife. If a goat approaches you, slowly move away to keep a safe distance. If the goat follows, be prepared to chase it off by yelling, waving arms and clothing, or throwing rocks.

No camping within 1/4 mile of the lake to help preserve the fragile alpine vegetation,  as this is a very popular day hike area.

7/25/16

Blue Buck Trail
314

Trail burned over in 2006, condition unknown.

7/19/16

Boundary Trail Irongate to Pasayten River
533

Trail is open with some patchy snow. A patch of snow covers the trail on north side of Catheral Mountain, west of Upper Cathedral Lake, blocking stock but not hikers. Trail cleared of down trees to just east of Ashnola River, also the trail two miles west of Ashnola River is not cleared of many down trees blocking stock passage. The Ashnola River foot-log is gone but the river there in the summer is easy to ford, knee deep in the deepest spot, but it's stock passable.  Bridge at Martina Creek, just west of Ashnola River, is broken and impassable to stock. There is a re-route just below the bridge that stock can get through, a little steep on one side.  An old mudslide in the area west of from Bunker Pass is impassable to stock and the trail is hard to find in meadowlike area.In 2015, trail was cleared of down trees to 1 mile east of Pasayten River, where trail is blocked to stock by a large pile up of 130 down trees in area west of Bunker Hill that burned over in 2006.  The old bridge, crossing Pasayten River is gone, use ford 3/4 mile north of old bridge site.

  

7/29/16

Boundary Trail Pasayten River to PCT
533

Trail west of  Bunker Hill to Soda Creek was burned over in 2006 with many down trees blocking stock. (and was not cleared in 2014 and 2015). Old bridge crossing Pasayten River is gone, use ford 3/4 mile north of old bridge site. River ford is usually high until the end of July. The trail going west along Soda Creek was cleared of down trees in 2016, from junction with trail 478 to the PCT.

7/29/16

Burch Mountain
538

Trail rarely maintained. All of trail burned over in 2014 wildfire except last 1.5  mile of trail at the north-end.

7/7/16

Buckskin Ridge
498

Trail has 12 down trees on on way to Silver Lake,  with 169 down trees scattered on the trail. Trail is not recommended for stock. Trail requires trailfinding skills for area north of Silver Lake. Buckskin ridge pass is snow free. Trail is hard to follow north of Buckskin Lake and north of Buckskin Point, no cairns, and with a portion of the trail covered with a rockslide in a gully, blocking trail with very large rocks.  

7/28/16

Cady Pass
475

Trail condition is unknown. 

7/19/16

Castle Pass
749

Trail has not been maintained for over 8 years. Trail is impassable to stock with many down trees on the trail especially in the lower elevations making trail very difficult for hikers also. Lower portion of trail is very brushy with down trees piled on top of each other.

7/15/16

Cedar Creek Trail
476

Trail cleared of down trees for 5.5 miles and  snow-free to Abernathy Pass. 

7/7/16

Chancellor/Canyon Creek Trail
754 CFR Trail Closures

Only a short portion of the trail is open as much of the  trail is to Chancellor was washed out in 2011. This trail is no longer maintained.  Trail has CFR closures due to 2011 trail wash outs. Trail is closed to stock from Boulder Creek to Mill Creek as there was no place for a horse to turn around past that point in 2011. The trail is closed to hikers from Mill Creek to Cedar Crossing as most of the trail was washed out in 2011 and has not been repaired. The trail from Chancellor to Sky Pilot Pass is not maintained, many down trees block stock.

 

7/19/16

Chewuch
510

Trail crew is working on clearing down trees, trail is of cleared down trees for 8 miles. Beginning 5 miles burned over in 2001 fire, windfalls are frequent in old burn areas. Remaining trail has lots of lots down down trees on trail but nothing too difficult for hikers to go around, over or under. Flowers are coming on but the bugs already here.

7/29/16

Coleman Ridge
505

Trail no longer maintained since 2003 wildfire, there are many, many down trees on trail.

7/7/16

Cooney Lake
434

Down trees cleared from trail. 7/15/16

Copper Glance
519

Scattered down trees, blocking stock. The old bridge across creek is collapsed so this trail is not recommended for stock as there is not an alternate route across creek.

7/19/16

Copper Pass
426

Trail from the Twisp River side: Trail is snow-free and down trees are cleared about 2 miles to a creek crossing ford that was considered too high to safely cross.  Trail on the west side of Copper Pass has not been maintained for many, many years.

7/15/16

Crater Creek Trail
416

 Scattered 22 down trees have not been cleared from trail yet.

7/15/16

Crater Mountain
746

Down trees have not been cleared from trail yet.

7/19/16

Cutthroat Creek
483

Down trees are cleared from the trail. Camping is not allowed within 1/4 mile of the lake to help preserve the fragile alpine vegetation,  as this is a very popular day hike area.

7/15/16

Crystal Lake
517

Trail burned over in 2003 wildfire. In 2015, down trees were cut-out of the trail for the beginning 3.5 miles.  Remaining trail has many down trees, is very, very brushy and trail is hard to follow, especially along Disaster Creek to just before Crystal Lake. This trail has not been maintained for many years, impassable for stock and challenging for hikers.

7/19/16

Dean Creek Trail
456

This trail has not been cleared of down trees or maintained for many, many years so it is difficult for hikers and is impassable to stock. Part of this trail has washed-out.

7/7/16

Devils Ridge Trail
752

Patchy snow at higher elevations. Trail was maintained last year, in 2015.

7/19/16

Diamond Jack
514

 In 2015 there were about 45 down trees on trail, okay for hikers but 4 to 5 big logs would block stock.

7/7/16

Drake Creek
502A

Trail cleared of down trees.

7/25/16

Driveway Butte Trail
481

Great views of the surrounding mountains. Trail has many down trees in McGee Creek area.

7/19/16

Eagle Creek
410

Down trees cleared for 2 miles, remaining trail has 50 down trees that have not been cleared from trail in the 5 miles before Silver Lake. Wildflowers are nice in meadows. Trail is brushy in places.

7/25/16

Eagle Lakes
431

Down trees cleared from trail.

7/15/16

Early Winters Trail
522

Many, many down trees on trail.

7/15/16

East Creek
756

Snow at higher elevations. Bridge is out over Granite Creek and trail no longer maintained with many down trees on trail difficult for hikers and impassable to stock.

7/15/16

East Fork Buttermilk
420

Trail has been cleared of down trees about 1 mile to the wilderness boundary, remaining trail has 200 down trees.

7/19/16

East Fork Pasayten
451

Down trees have not been cleared for 4 years, very brushy with many down trees so trail is difficult for hikers and impassable to stock.

7/15/16

Easy Pass
741

Trail passable for hikers.  This trail enters North Cascades National Park at Easy Pass so camping beyond Easy Pass requires a backcountry permit from North Cascades National Park before your trip. 

7/15/16

Falls Creek Falls Open, waterfalls are beautiful 7/7/16

Falls Creek Trail
518

Falls Creek Road close at about 4 miles by recent mud and debris over road. Down trees not cleared from trail. All but 1.5 miles at the north end of trail burned over in 2014 wildfire.

7/29/16

Ferguson Lake
474A
Down trees on trail. 7/19/16

Fire Creek
561

Trail is no longer maintained, since 2003 wildfire, many down trees block trail to stock. Difficult to follow trail.

7/7/16

Foggy Dew Creek Trail Section 1
417

Down trees cleared from trail

7/19/16

Foggy Dew Creek Trail Section 2
417A

Down trees cleared from trail. Patchy snow at higher elevations near Angels Staircase.

7/15/16

Foggy Dew Ridge Trail

438

Trail is cleared of down trees. 7/7/16

Fred's Lake Trail   474

29 down trees on trail.

7/25/16

Goat Peak Trail
457

Open.

7/15/16

Hidden Lakes
477

Trail was cleared to Hidden Lakes. There is a slide about 1/2 mile before Diamond Creek making trail challenging for stock. Trail is blocked to stock at Cougar Lake by an impassable blow-down. Trail from Big Hidden to Pasayten River has not been cleared of down trees for 5 years with many, many down trees in 2006 burn area .

7/25/16

Holman Creek
472A

Trail conditions unknown, not cleared of down trees.

7/25/16

Jackita Ridge
738

Patchy snow on trail at higher elevations. Down trees not cleared from trail.

7/19/16

Larch Creek/Billy Goat Pass
502

Down trees cleared from trail.

7/19/16

Lake Ann/Maple Pass Loop Trail
740

Trail is melted out to Lake Ann and to Heather Pass but trail has patchy snow at Maple Pass. Hikers are finding hiking poles and good hiking shoes useful. Wildflowers are nice.

Camping is not allowed within 1/4 mile of the lakes or at the passes to help preserve the fragile alpine vegetation,  as this is a very popular day hike area. A large area was replanted last year to restore the vegetation. Please stay on the trails.

7/25/16

Lake Creek Trail
500

Down trees were cut out of trail to northwest end of Black Lake.  Trail is very boggy before the lake. Trail burned over by a 2003 wildfire and is no longer maintained beyond Black Lake. Snags along the trail come down frequently.  The trail to Black Lake is heavily used, and most visitors do not travel beyond it, there is limited camping in the Black Lake area. 

7/15/16

Leecher Look-out Trail

The access road is the trail, the road mostly washed out, requiring a 2.5 mile hike on the remaining road to the look-out.  "Lightening Bill", is manning the Leecher Look-out.

7/15/16

Libby Creek
415

 Trail not cleared of down trees, 76 down trees on trail.

7/19/16

Lightning Creek
425

Trail condition unknown.

7/15/16

Lookout Mountain Trail
412

Trail has areas  of various sized down trees on the trail.

7/15/16

Lone Fir
535

Trail has many down trees. Work has been done clearing logs off the ADA trail, up to the 0.4 mile point, just before the junction.  At that point a log across the trail will stop wheelchair access. Beyond the ADA portion of the trail, the loop has over 50 logs across the trail; some are on the secondary bridges.   The main bridges over Early Winters Creek are in good condition, the upper one still under construction. There are a few minor snow patches on the trail. This trail is very difficult for a novice hiker, especially the east side of the loop.  Once across the first bridge over Early Winters Creek, at 0.4 mile, until the 1.1 mile point,  there are numerous bridges and walkways that are damaged, rotting, and in the rain unsafe to walk on due to slickness.  From that point on bridges are being replaced and in good condition.

7/15/16

Louis Lake
428

Trail open to lake, down trees are cleared.

7/15/16

Martin Creek
429

Down trees cleared from trail, passable to stock now.

7/25/16

Middle Fork Beaver Creek
406

Open and cleared of down trees.

 

7/15/16

Monument Creek Trail
484

Trail snow-free, 4 logs across the trail, none over knee-high, no other obstacles to hikers. There are areas with lots of brush, some almost completely hides the trail in many places.

Old bridge, at 4 miles, across Eureka Creek is washed out. The trail north of bridge site, at  Eureka Creek, has not been maintained for 30 years. Non-maintained trail has many, many down trees and has areas with trail wash-outs making trail impassable to stock and very difficult for hikers to follow.

7/15/16

North Fork 20 Mile Trail
560

Trail is very brushy and has 200 down trees across trail. Trail has wildflowers at highest elevations. Some of this trail is forested but much of this trail burned over in 2006 wildfire. Down trees on trail could cause difficulty for stock.

7/19/16

North Creek
413

Down trees have been removed from trail.

 

7/19/16

Oval Lakes
410A

Patchy snow at higher elevations. 150 down trees not cleared. Trail brushy in places.

7/19/16

Pacific Crest Trail (Bridge Creek to Stehekin)
2000

The collapsed bridge over Bridge Creek about one mile south of Highway 20 was replaced with a foot log and a stock ford. Stock headed to Fireweed Stock Camp must ford Bridge Creek twice between Highway 20 and Fireweed Camp. This trail enters North Cascades National Park so camping beyond national forest boundary, about 2 miles south of Bridge Creek Trailhead, requires a backcountry permit from North Cascades National Park before your trip.

7/15/16

Pacific Crest Trail (Hwy 20 to Harts Pass)
2000

Trail was cleared of down trees to Cutthroat Pass. From Cutthroat Pass to Methow Pass areas of patchy snow, and areas with steep washed out sections and areas with large rocks on trail. From Methow Pass to Glacier Pass  there are many, many, many, down trees. From Glacier Pass to Hart's Pass snow in shady areas with hikers finding hiking poles helpful. Trail in summer, is impassable for stock from Granite Pass to Methow Pass as it is a very, very narrow trail and has many very large boulders on the trail just north of Granite Pass. 

7/25/16

Pacific Crest Trail (Hart’s Pass to Canada) Hikers from PCT to Canada need a Canadian entry permit, stamped and signed by a Canadian Border Services Agent. Note: there is currently no legal way to enter the US from Canada on the PCT 2000. There is no Port of Entry at the Pacific Crest Trail northern terminus. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) requires that U.S. citizens returning home from Canada by land or sea present one of the travel documents listed at a US Port of Entry: U.S. Passport, U.S. Passport Card, Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL), Trusted Traveler Program Cards. This cannot be done at the international PCT crossing.

Trail has patchy snow at higher elevation areas. Trail from Hart's Pass to Holman Pass has 15 down trees on trail. Trail is cleared of down trees from Holman Pass to Castle Pass. Castle Pass to border is brushy with 46 blow downs.

7/25/16

Pearrygin Peak
526

 Trail condition unknown.

7/7/16

Peepsight
525

Trail no longer maintained. This trail burned over in 2003.

7/7/16

Rainy Lake Trail
310

Down trees have been cleared from trail.

Camping is not allowed within 1/4 mile of the lake to help preserve the fragile alpine vegetation,  as this is a very popular day hike area.

7/7/16

Reynolds Creek
402

Trail has not  been maintained for many years. This trail  was cleared of down trees to wilderness boundary in 2015 but area beyond is no longer maintained.

7/25/16

Robinson Pass 
478

Trail cleared of down trees along Robinson Creek and along Middle Fork Pasayten River. Trail has a reroute across the Middle Fork Pasayten River to the Buckskin Ridge 498 trail continuing north rejoining the 478 trail.

7/20/16

Rock Creek
473

This trail has two trail wash-outs just east of the Pacific Crest Trail, which are not recommend for stock. Trail had many down trees blocking stock in 2015.

7/7/16

Scatter Creek
427

Down trees have been cut out of the trail but there are 2 new down trees, passable to stock. This is a very steep trail to an alpine lake with fish. Meadows have many wildflowers. Some trail areas are brushy. Camp sites at lake are melted out.

7/29/16

Slate Creek
414

Trail condition is unknown.

Down trees are not cleared beyond wilderness boundary in 2015

720/16

South Creek Trail
401

Trail has been cleared of down trees. This trail enters North Cascades National Park at South Pass so camping beyond South Pass requires a backcountry permit from North Cascades National Park before your trip.

7/25/16

Stub Creek/Deception Pass
458

Trail from Hidden Lakes was maintained for 2 miles in 2015. Trail beyond has not been maintained for many, many, many years

7/7/16

Sunrise Lake
417.2

Trail open.

7/9/16

Tatoosh Buttes
485

East end of the trail is cleared of down trees from Hidden Lakes to Tattosh Buttes.  In 2015 down trees were cleared  on west end of trail but a new landslide blocks access to stock.

7/29/16

Tungsten
534

Trail has scattered down trees blocking stock with a boggy area near Cinch Creek. Down trees were cleared from trail in 2015.

7/7/16

Twisp Pass Trail
432

Trail cleared of down trees. This trail enters North Cascades National Park at Twisp Pass, camping beyond Twisp Pass requires a backcountry permit from North Cascades National Park before your trip.

7/7/16

Twisp River Trail
440

Down trees were cut and removed from the trail for 15 miles, from Buttermilk Sno-Park to Gilbert Trailhead.

7/7/16

War Creek
408

Down trees have been remove from the trail. This trail enters North Cascades National Park at War Pass so camping beyond War Pass requires a backcountry permit from North Cascades National Park before your trip.

7/19/16

Washington Pass Overlook

Overlook trail is open. Water is on in picnic areas.

Trail does NOT require Northwest Forest Pass.

7/29/16

West Fork Buttermilk
411

Down trees cleared from trail. Trail is boggy in places

.7/29/16

West Fork Methow Trail
480

This trail  is impassable for stock and difficult for hikers in the area badly damaged by avalanche debris in 2013/2014, at 1.7 miles.  Trail is currently waiting for repairs as the damaged portion of the trail needs major overhaul or relocation.  Trail has not been cleared of down trees since 2012 so the remaining trail has many, many,many scattered down trees throughout the old 2003 burn area (avoid this trail during windy weather). Trail has brushy areas, watch for rattlesnakes, ticks and moose.

7/7/16

West Fork Pasayten
472

Snow on north side of Slate Peak to about 6,400 feet.  Not difficult to manage in afternoon soft snow but plan route to avoid a fall that could turn into a long slide. Trail in good shape and relatively tree free to about 5,600. Meadows have many wildflowers. At least 5 good camp spots from 5,150 to Oregon Creek but at least 50 downed trees.  Many downed trees between  Oregon Creek and Holman Creek.  One camp spot just past Holman creek and then nothing for 7.0 miles to Pasayten River junction with Middle Fork (be prepared) - not much water access either.  Over 400 down trees on trail, challenging for hikers and impassabl for stock. 

7/28/16

Whistler Cutoff
575

Trail has patchy snow below Slate Pass.

7/7/16

Williams Creek
407

Down trees were cleared from trail.

7/19/16

Wolf Creek Trail
527

Down trees cleared from beginning 5.5 miles of trail, with many down trees on remaining trail to South Fork.

 

7/19/16