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6/25/16 - Many higher elevation trails (above 5000 feet) are snowcovered, snow levels maybe lower on north facing slopes.

Trail Name and Number Current Status Date

Andrews Creek
504

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

6/22/16

Bear Mountain
442

Open, trail cleared of down trees.

5/20/16

Beaver Lake
356

Snow-free but many down trees on trail. Area burned over in 2015 wildfire.

6/3/16

 

Blue Lake Trail
314

Trailhead parking area has patchy snow and trail is snowcovered.

6/22/16

Blue Buck Trail
314

Trail burned over in 2006, condition unknown.

6/3/16

Boundary Trail Irongate to Pasayten River
533

Trail mostly snowcovered.

 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 Ashnola River foot-log is gone but the river there in the summer is easy to ford, knee deep in the deepest spot. 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, but it's stock passable. Old mudslide in area west of from Bunker Pass impassable to stock.   Old bridge, crossing Pasayten River is gone, use ford 3/4 mile north of old bridge site.

6/3/16

Boundary Trail Pasayten River to PCT
533

Trail is snowcovered.

In 2015, trail had many, many down trees not cleared along Pasayten River (also was not cleared in 2014).  Area west of Bunker Hill to Soda Creek was burned over in 2006 with many down trees blocking stock. Old bridge crossing Pasayten River is gone, use ford 3/4 mile north of old bridge site. Trail west of ford to Soda Creek was cleared of down trees making trail from junction with to Robinson Trail 478 to the PCT.

6/3/16

Burch Mountain
538

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

6/15/16

Buckskin Ridge
498

Trail is snowcovered and Hart's Pass access road 5400 will remain closed at the gate just past Ballard Campground until the rockslide is removed from Deadhorse Point area. The road work should be completed by mid July.. Trail not cleared of down trees in 2015. Trail requires trailfinding skills for area north of Silver Lake, and area south of Buckskin Lake, not recommended for stock. Many down trees on trail at north end of Buckskin Ridge. Portion of trail along the Middle Fork Pasayten River is cleared of down trees and is a reroute for the portion of the 478 trail that has 2 bridges out making trail impassable for stock pack-strings.

6/3/16

Cady Pass
475

Trail is snowcovered and Hart's Pass access road 5400 will remain closed at the gate just past Ballard Campground until the rockslide is removed from Deadhorse Point area. The road work should be completed by mid July.

6/3/16

Castle Pass
749

Trail is snowcovered and Hart's Pass access road 5400 will remain closed at the gate just past Ballard Campground until the rockslide is removed from Deadhorse Point area. The road work should be completed by mid July.. 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.
 

6/3/16

Cedar Creek Trail
476

Some scattered down trees on trail.  Snow-free to Abernathy Pass. 

6/25/16

Chancellor/Canyon Creek Trail
754 CFR Trail Closures

Only a short portion of the trail is open as much of the  trail is washed out. Trail no longer maintained.  CFR closures due to 2011 trail wash outs. Closed to stock from Boulder Creek to Mill Creek. Trail closed to hikers from Mill Creek to Cedar Crossing. Trail from Chancellor to Sky Pilot Pass not maintained, many down trees block stock.

 

5/19/16

Chewuch
510

Trail is snow-free with 75 down trees in th 5miles between Thirtymile Trailhead and Fire Creek. Beginning 5 miles burned over in 2001 fire, windfalls are frequent in old burn areas.

6/22/16

Coleman Ridge
505

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

6/15/16

Cooney Lake
434

Trail snow level is unknown, many, many down trees on trail. 6/25/16

Copper Glance
519

Trail is snowcovered near lake. Down trees are were not cleared in 2015. Use caution crossing collapsed old bridge when  high water is running over it. This trail is not recommended for stock as there is not an alternate route across creek.

6/3/16

Copper Pass
426

Trail is snowcovered. Trail from the Twisp River side: snow-free to ford, about 1/4 mile past junction with Twisp Pass Trail #432. Then at about 3 miles, there is about 500 feet, with about 50 down trees across the trail. Remaining trail to the pass is in good shape with only about 10 down trees across trail with easy water crossings. Trail on the west side of Copper Pass has not been maintained for many, many years.

6/15/16

Crater Creek Trail
416

Not much snow on trail to lake but the upper lake has lots of snow, 22 down trees have not been cleared from trail yet.

6/7/16

Crater Mountain
746

Snow on trail to Crater Mountain and down trees have not been cleared from trail yet.

6/15/16

Cutthroat Creek
483

Trail is snow free to lake. There are 14 logs over the trail ranging in diameter from 6-18 inches and not are an impediment to hikers.  Mountain bikers will have to hoist bikes over a number of the logs.  Once the snow melts, stock may have difficulty with the log at 1.7 miles (4ft clearance). Camping is not allowed within 1/4 mile of the lake, other potential campsites and open areas are still snow covered. The trail toward Cutthroat Pass is difficult to follow due to snow coverage.

6/15/16

Crystal Lake
517

Trail has snow at higher elevations.

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.

5/29/16

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.

6/15/16

Devils Ridge Trail
752

Trail is snowcovered. Trail was maintained last year, in 2015.

6/3/16

Diamond Jack
514

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

6/3/16

Drake Creek
502A

Trail condition unknown.

6/3/16

Driveway Butte Trail
481

This south-facing trail is snowfree, with great views of the surrounding mountains. Trail has many down trees in McGee Creek area.

6/22/16

Eagle Creek
410

Trail is snowcovered at higher elevations, down trees have not been cleared from trail in 2016,

6/15/16

Eagle Lakes
431

Trail is sno-free,11 down trees have not been cleared from trail yet.

6/25/16

Early Winters Trail
522

Many, many down trees on trail.

6/15/16

East Creek
756

Trail is snowcovered 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.

6/3/16

East Fork Buttermilk
420

Trail is snowcovered at higher elevations. Trail has not been cleared of down trees in 2016.

6/22/16

East Fork Pasayten
451

Trail is snowcovered and road access is blocked by winter snow accumulation. 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.

5/19/16

Easy Pass
741

Trail is snowcovered, ice ax and crampons recommended.  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. 

6/3/16

Falls Creek Falls Open, waterfalls are beautiful 6/22/16

Falls Creek Trail
518

Down trees not cleared from trail. All but 1.5 miles at the north end of trail burned over in 2014 wildfire.

6/23/16

Ferguson Lake
474A

 Trail is snowcovered. Down trees cleared from trail in 2015.

6/3/16

Fire Creek
561

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

6/3/16

Foggy Dew Creek Trail Section 1
417

Down trees cleared as far as Foggy Dew falls with many, many down trees yet to be cleared, blocks stock, bicycles, motorcycle and challenging for hikers.

6/25/16

Foggy Dew Creek Trail Section 2
417A

Snow at higher elevations, with mnay down trees not cleared.

6/25/16

Fred's Lake Trail   474

Trail is snowcovered.  Down trees were cleared from trail in 2015.

6/15/16

Goat Peak Trail
457

About 2 miles of trail is snowfree with many wildflowers blooming, with remainder of trail to look-out snowcovered.

6/15/16

Hidden Lakes
477

Trail has been cleared of  down trees to Diamond Creek. There is a slide about 1/2 mile before Diamond Creek making trail challenging for stock. Remaining trail has more down trees on trail to Hidden Lakes, blocking stock. 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 .

6/22/16

Holman Creek
472A

Trail is snowcovered and Hart's Pass 5400 road access is blocked by winter snow accumulation. Also road work repair is required to reopen road, hopefully it will be completed by mid-July.

6/22/16

Jackita Ridge
738

Trail is mostly snow-free to Devil's Park area, snowcover unknown beyond. Down trees were cleared from trail in 2015.

6/15/16

Larch Creek/Billy Goat Pass
502

Trail has many, many down trees. Down trees on trail not cleared yet in 2016.

6/3/16

Lake Ann/Maple Pass Loop Trail
740

Trailhead is snowcovered with patchy snow blocking part of trailhead parking area. Trail is snowcovered.

6/15/16

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. Trail was passable for stock on 5/29/26.

6/3/16

Leecher Look-out Trail

The access road is the trail, and it is closed due to road wash-out, ablut 4 miles.  "Lightening Bill" is manning the Leecher Look-out.

6/15/16

Libby Creek
415

Trail is snowcovered. Trail not cleared of down trees yet in 2016.

6/3/16

Lightning Creek
425

Trail snow level is unknown. Trail condition unknown.

6/3/16

Lookout Mountain Trail
412

Trail is snow-free with some various sized scattered trees down on trail.

6/3/16

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.

6/3/16

Louis Lake
428

Trail snow last 1/2 mile before lake. Down trees are not cleared yet in 2016.

6/3/16

Martin Creek
429

Many down trees cleared with many, many remaining to be cleared.

6/25/16

Middle Fork Beaver Creek
406

Open and cleared of down trees.

 

5/24/16

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.Wildflowers are blooming, Mock Orange along the trail and Lupine and Paintbrushes, Saxifrage in wilderness.

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.

6/22/16

North Fork 20 Mile Trail
560

Trail is very brushy and has 200 down trees across trail. Patchy snow begins at 5.3 miles with many logs under rotten snow. Trail has many wildflowers in the beginning 1 to 2 miles, before it becomes very brushy. 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.

5/20/16

North Creek
413

Trail is snow-free about 3.5 miles to creek ford, with scattered down trees to North Lake. 

Down trees were cleared in 2015, except for 1 existing log group with established route around a 4 foot ponderosa pine steeply angled over last turnpike/culvert just before lake, passable to hikers but not to horses.

6/25/16

Oval Lakes
410A

Trail is snow level is unknown. Down trees not cleared. Trail was last maintained in 2015.

6/15/16

Pacific Crest Trail (Bridge Creek to Stehekin)
2000

Trail is mostly snowfree. 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.

6/15/16

Pacific Crest Trail (Hwy 20 to Harts Pass)
2000

Trail has many, many, many down trees between Rainy Lake Trailhead and Cutthroat Pass. Trail is snowcovered at higher elevations.

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. 

6/22/16

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.

Hart's Pass has snow and trail is mostly snowcovered. Hart's Pass access road 5400 will remain closed at the gate just past Ballard Campground until the rockslide is removed from Deadhorse Point area. The road work should be completed by mid July.

 

6/22/16

Pearrygin Peak
526

 Trail condition unknown.

6/3/16

Peepsight
525

Trail snow level is unknown. This trail burned over in 2003. No longer maintained.

6/3/16

Rainy Lake Trail
310

Trailhead is snowcovered with patchy snow blocking part of trailhead parking area. Trail is snow covered.

6/15/16

Reynolds Creek
402

Trail condition is unknown. This trail  is cleared of down trees to wilderness boundary in 2015 but area beyond is no longer maintained.

5/16

Robinson Pass 
478

Beginning 3 miles is brushy, and has 30 down trees. Trail has many, many down trees. Hikers should check for ticks.

In 2015 down trees were cleared along Robinson Creek and along Middle Fork Pasayten River but the last one mile of the trail is not passable to stock pack-strings due to 2 bridges that are gone and a mudslide. Trail has a reroute across the Middle Fork Pasayten River to the Buckskin Ridge 498 trail continuing north rejoining the 478 trail.

6/22/16

Rock Creek
473

Trail is snowcovered and Hart's Pass access road 5400 will remain closed at the gate just past Ballard Campground until the rockslide is removed from Deadhorse Point area. The road work should be completed by mid July. 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.

6/24/16

Scatter Creek
427

Snow in basin around lake. Scattered down trees on trail. Trail was maintained in 2015.

6/25/16

Slate Creek
414

Trail is snow level is unknown.

Down trees are not cleared beyond wilderness boundary in 2015

6/25/16

South Creek Trail
401

Trail snow level is unknown. Beginning 3.5 miles of trail has 29 small diameter down trees on trail (with one at 16 inches in diameter).

Down trees are not cleared beyond 3.5 miles in 2015. 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.

5/29/16

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

6/15/16

Sunrise Lake
417.2

Trail is snowcovered.

5/20/16

Tatoosh Buttes
485

Trail is snowcovered.

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

5/20/16

Tungsten
534

Trail condition unknown. Down trees were cleared from trail in 2015.

5/20/16

Twisp Pass Trail
432

Patchy snow before pass. Down trees not cleared from trail yet in 2016. 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.

6/22/16

Twisp River Trail
440

Down trees were cut and removed from the trail in 2016.

6/3/16

War Creek
408

Patchy snow on trail begins at 3.3 mile, trail is mostly snow-free for 5.5 miles. Wildflowers are blooming in first mile. Trail is cleared of down trees from trailhead to wilderness boundary, then there are 36 trees down across the trail, some could block stock. There is a challenging creek crossing at 5.5 miles requiring hugging a near vertical log that is overhanging a bridge log to get across, or just ford the stream.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.

5/20/16

Washington Pass Overlook

Trail is snow-free, gate is open to parking area.

Trail does NOT require Northwest Forest Pass. No potable water available.

6/22/16

West Fork Buttermilk
411

Trail is snowcovered at higher elevations. Large rock in road to trailhead. Cars can get around it but a truck pulling a trailer probably won't get around it.

Down trees are not cleared yet in 2016 trail is very boggy in places

6/22/16

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.

6/15/16

West Fork Pasayten
472

Trail is snowcovered with many down trees on trail..

Down trees were not cleared in 2015, with many down trees blocking stock.

6/15/16

Whistler Cutoff
575

Trail is snowcovered and road access is blocked by winter snow accumulation.

6/3/16

Williams Creek
407

Trail is snow-free, lake is snow and ice covered.

Down trees were cleared from trail in 2015.

5/20/16

Wolf Creek Trail
527

Trail is snow-free. Down trees cleared from beginning 2.5 miles of trail, with many down trees on remaining trail between north Fork and South Fork.

Trail was previously cleared of down trees in 2015

6/22/16