Larch Creek/Billy Goat Pass Trail #502


This is a heavily traveled trail  into a popular horse-use area. Highpoint is the McCall-Timberwolf Divide at 7,640 feet. From the trailhead four passes must be crossed to reach Sheep Mountain area. This trail has any good views of the Pasayten from different angles. North of Larch Pass there are many opportunities for scenic ridge-walking. Fishermen can visit Corral Lake, Crow Lake, Quartz Lake, Sheep Lake, and Ramon Lake. Beyond Larch Pass the country is mostly open rolling meadows and ridges above timberline, a delight for the horse-rider as well as the backpacker. Many side traips are possible to lakes, high basins, or scramble routes up easy peaks. Lakeshores are very fragile areas and deserve special care from the wilderness user. Please use camps well away from the lake shore.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: For current trail conditions go to:
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees A Recreation Pass required. $5/vehicle/day Northwest Forest Pass can be purchased from a self-pay station provided at the trailhead.
Permit Info: Free, self issue Wilderness permits are required for the Pasayten Wilderness. They are available at trailheads, headquarters, and the district office. 36 CFR 261.57
Open Season: Mid July - October
Usage: Light
Best Season: August
Busiest Season: August-September
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply. No motorized or mechanized vehicles. Stock are not permitted to graze or stand tied within 200 feet of the lakeshore. Certified weed free hay is required on National forestlands (processed grains are okay).
Closest Towns: Winthrop, WA
Water: No potable water
Restroom: At trailhead only
Passes: A Recreation Pass required. $5/vehicle/day Northwest Forest Pass can be purchased from a self-pay station provided at the trailhead.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Methow Valley Ranger District  

General Information


From Winthrop travel north on Okanogan County Road 1213 (West Chewuch Road) for 9 miles. Turn left on to the Forest Service Road 5130 follow the signs for 17 miles to the Billy Goat Trailhead. Horse riders can take a steep trail near the hitch rails or ride the road to the upper hiker trailhead. Travel the Hidden Lakes Trail 477 for 4 miles to Drake Creek; Larch Creek trails branches to the right at this point.



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Toilets vault toilets at trailhead only
Picnic tables for day use only at trailhead
Parking Stock ramp & hitch rails at larger, lower stock parking area and hiker parking at upper, smaller parking area.
Fee charged for some activities self-pay stations available for required recreation pass
Interpretive Site interpretive information