The heavily traveled route into a string of popular fishing lakes with fine views for the first 7 miles. The rest of the trail is mostly in timber and valley bottom to the lakes and beyond.
At a Glance
In winter all roads and trails are snow covered. Access road, Eightmile Road #5130 is a groomed snow mobile route, closed to motorized wheeled vehicles Dec.1 to April 1
$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.
Mid-June - October
No motorized or mechanized vehicles. Wilderness use restrictions apply. .Certified weed free hay is required on National forest lands (processed grains are okay).
Directions: From Winthrop travel north on Okanogan County Road 1213 for 7 miles. Turn left onto Forest Service Road 5130 (Eightmile Creek Road). Follow signs for 17 miles to the trailheads. Hiker trailhead located at end of road beyond horse trailhead.
Lake and Pond Fishing
See additional information under Backpacking.
At Hidden Lakes there is a junction with the Tatoosh Buttes Trail leading steeply to high open meadow county. Since there is no grazing at Hidden Lakes, this is a common destination for stock users. The string of lakes are interesting in that there is actually a pass between Middle and Big Hidden lakes with Big Hidden draining north to Canada and the rest of the lakes draining south via Lost River to the Methow. Lost River can be reached by taking a side path about 100 yards south of Diamond Creek. This steep 0.25 mile path reaches scenic meadows and sand bars along the river. Loop trips can be made with the Sheep Mountain area by using the East Fork Pasayten Trail #451 over Dollarwatch Pass, or turning up McCall Gulch Trail #548 or the Boundary Trail #533 over Bunker Hill. From the Sheep Mountain area Larch Creek Trail #502 takes you back to the Hidden Lakes Trailhead. Specific Hazards/Difficulties:The area was burned in a 2002 wildfire. Dead trees maybe unstable especially in windy conditions.
Horse Riding & Camping
Specific Hazards/Difficulties: Stock users planning to stay at Hidden Lakes should pack processed feed and/or grain as there is no grazing at the lakes. The area was burned in a 2002 wildfire. Dead trees maybe unstable espically in windy conditions. See additional information under Backpacking.