A historic route that follows War Creek within Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness to a high pass that has wonderful views of the Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Mountains range. This trail leads into the Lake Chelan Recreation Area, managed by North Cascade National Park. A North Cascades National Park backcounty permit is required to camp in the recreation area.The trail travels through a forested area, which becomes thinner as you travel up the trail. The last 0.5 mile is steep. South Fork War Creek Trail 409, which is not maintained, branches left at 2 miles.
At a Glance
From Twisp, drive west on Twisp River Road (county road #9114), in about 10 miles turn left onto Buttermilk Creek Road (county road 1090) which crosses a bridge across Twisp River, follow the road to the right West Buttermilk Creek Road onto road that becomes Forest Service Road #4420. Drive about 4 miles to junction with Forest Service Road #4430, continue straight on #4430 and turn left onto War Creek Trailhead Road #4430-100 road and travel about 1.5 miles to the trailhead.