This trail is within Pasayten Wilderness. Trail to Black Lake follows Lake Creek and is an easy 4 mile walk. The unmaintained trail then climbs steadily to Ashnola Pass (6,300’) then follows the Ashnola River north to meet the Boundary Trail #533 near the Ashnola river ford (5,320’).
Since the 2003 wildfire the trail beyond Black Lake is impassable to stock.
At a Glance
12/16/11-Trail snow covered. Access road blocked by accumulated snow. Trail burned over by a 2003 wildfire. Many snags long the trail could come down in windy weather. There are fish in the lake (check Washington State Fishing regulations). 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.
Self issuing Wilderness permits are required for the Pasayten Wilderness. They are available at trailheads, headquarters, and the district office.
Special fishing regulations affect both Black Lake and Lake Creek.
Camping is prohibited within 200 feet of Black Lake shoreline in the Pasayten Wilderness: if in possession of pack or riding animals it is prohibited to camp within ½ mile, horizontal distance of the Black Lake shoreline. 36CFR 261.58(e)
Directions: From Winthrop take Okanogan County Road 1213 (West Chewuch Road) north about 6 miles to where it joins with Forest Service Road 51. Continue north. Just after the Lake Creek bridge, turn left on Forest Service Road 51-100 and drive 2 miles to the Lake Creek Trailhead.
In 2003 this area was burned over. Trail beyond Black Lake has not been maintained, is impassable to stock and is challenging for hikers. There are some worthy views from Ashnola Pass and Fawn Lake, itself interesting in the way it is perched on top of the pass. Though the segment to Black Lake is heavily used, most visitors do not travel beyond it, providing solitude for the traveler who does. Specific Hazards/Difficulties: The trail beyond Black Lake is not recommended for stock due to hazardous trail conditions. Few campsites are available near the north or south ends of Black Lake.
Northwest Forest Pass required.
Horse Riding & Camping
Recreation areas with activity Horse Riding:
Specific Hazards/Difficulties: The trail beyond Black Lake is not recommended for stock due to hazardous trail conditions. See additional information under Backpacking.