Lake Creek Trail #500

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

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

Current Conditions: Current conditions information 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.
Permit Info: Self issuing Wilderness permits are required for the Pasayten Wilderness. They are available at trailheads, headquarters, and the district office. 
Open Season: June
Best Season: June-September
Busiest Season: June-September
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply
  • Fires are prohibited along most of the shoreline.
  • 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) 
Closest Towns: Winthrop, WA
Water: No potable water
Restroom: Not beyond trailhead area
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass required at Lake Creek trailhead.
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

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.

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