This trail travels uphill for approximately 2.5 miles from the Long Swamp Campground and Windy Peak Trailhead to the Pasayten Wilderness boundary. From here the trail continues through areas of burned lodgepole pine to “Two Bear Camp” which is where water is available. The trail travels through the burned timber and open hillsides on its climb to Windy Peak where it continues on past the summit to the Boundary Trail #533 at Horseshoe Basin. The total trail length is 11.5 miles. Windy Peak has amazing panoramic views of the North Cascades and the surrounding area. On a clear day Mt. Baker is visible. Windy Lake is a side trip off trail to the north of Windy Peak.
From the town of Loomis, travel north on County road #9425 for 2 miles to junction of #9425 and County road #4066. Turn West on County road #4066 which becomes Forest Service Road #39. Drive on Forest Service Road #39 for 20 miles to junction of Forest Service Road #39 and Forest Service Road #3900-300 at the Long Swamp Campground. Trailhead is next to Long Swamp Campground.
There are outstanding views from near Windy Peak. A short side trail leads to the old lookout site on the summit. There are junctions with the Clutch Creek Trail #343, Basin Creek #360, and Boundary Trail #533, making several loop trips possible. Horse feed is abundant on this trail. Mule deer can be seen in the evening coming down from the peaks to feed. Specific Hazards/Difficulties: Sections of the trail near Windy Peak often do not melt out until late July.
See additional information under Backpacking.
Horse Riding & Camping
Specific Hazards/Difficulties: This trail should be considered more difficult for stock due to tread slippage on steep side slopes. See additional information under Backpacking.