Horton Butte Trail #1250A


This trail within Lake Chelan- Sawtooth Wilderness is suitable for horses and hikers to Round Lake, and hikers beyond. The trail crosses Fish Creek (there is a foot log) and begins a series of 20 switchbacks to Round Lake. Water is unavailable for the next 4 miles. The trail continues switchbacking as it climbs towards Horton Butte, once the site of a Forest Service lookout.

No facilities are provided, however camping spots are available along most of the trail. Sections of the trail are faint due to low use and lack of heavy maintance. The trail is steep and difficult in some locations.

The scenery is spectacular past the 3 – mile point. Many view points over looking Lake Chelan, Lucerne, and Domke and into Emerald Park and Peak are available. The stream crossing at Fish Creek can be hazardous in the spring and summer during peak runoff. The trail Junctions with Indianhead Basin Trail #1250 leading into Surprise Lake and Summit Trail, which eventually loops back to Stehekin and Moore Point.

At a Glance

Best Season: Summer, Fall
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply
Closest Towns: Stehekin, Chelan, WA
Information Center: Chelan Ranger District.

General Information


The majority of The Chelan Ranger District hiking and camping areas are only accessible by boat or ferry. The Lady of the Lake II provides up lake travel from Chelan to Stehekin with stops available at Fields Point, Prince Creek, Moore Point, and Lucerne. Please check their website for availability, fees, and scheduling.

Lady of the Lake

Please Note:  Drop off stops at Prince Creek and Moore Point are by request only. If you are at Prince Creek or Moore Point waiting to be picked up, “flagging” down the boat maybe necessary.

From Chelan, take a boat up Lake Chelan to Moore Point. Hike up Moore Point trail to the junction with Lakeshore Trail #1247. Hike west (uplake) on the Lakeshore Trail until the junction with Fish Creek Trail #1248. Hike north on Fish Creek Trail for 1 ½ mile to the junction with Horton Butte Trail. Boat miles- 45; Trail miles- 2 ½; Total miles- 47 ½. 

General Notes:

Maps: Green Trails- Prince Creek, Lucerne


There are two main parking areas (for a fee) for up lake travel when using the Lady of the Lake services.  The Boat company dock in Chelan and Field’s Point Landing, located 17 miles out of Chelan on the South Shore road.

Field's Point Fees:

Day Use 3-12 hours: $5.00

Over Night: $7.00

5-7 Days: $30.00



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