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.
At a Glance
In winter all roads and trails are snow covered. Access road, Eightmile Road #5130 is a groomed snowmobile route, closed to motorized wheeled vehicles Dec.1st to April 1<sup>st</sup>
$5/vehicle/day or Northwest Forest Pass required (or display a Senior Pass, Interagency Pass, or Access Pass)Provided for your convenience: Parking area, self-pay station, bulletin board. Interpretive information, picnic table, outhouse and trash can.
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
Mid July - October
No motorized or mechanized vehicles. Stock is not permitted to graze or stand tied within 200 feet of the lakeshore. Wilderness regulations apply. Certified weed free hay is required on National forestlands (processed grains are okay).
Directions: 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. Travel the Hidden Lakes Trail 477 for 4 miles to Drake Creek; Larch Creek trails branches at this point.
See additional information under Backpacking.
Good views of the Pasayten from different angles. North of Larch Pass there are many opportunities for scenic ridge walking. Beyond Larch Pass the trail follows mostly open rolling meadows and ridges above timberline. Many side trips are possible to lakes, high basins, or scramble routes up easy peaks. Specific Hazards/Difficulties: Lakeshores are very fragile areas and deserve special care from the wilderness user. Please use camps well away from the lakeshore.