War Creek Trailhead

Area Status: Unreachable

Provides access to: War Creek Trail #408 within Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness. Trail enteres Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. The trail travels through a forested area which becomes thinner as you travel up the trail. This trail is a historic route that follows War Creek to a high pass that leads into the North Cascades Park Recreation area. A North Cascades National Park backcounty permit is required to camp in the recreation area. The trail has a wonderful view of the Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Mountain range from the pass.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Current conditions information
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees $5/vehicle/day recreation pass
Permit Info: Wilderness permit not required.  Note: Permit required year round for all overnight stays in the backcountry of North Cascades National Park.
Open Season: Mid July - October
Usage: Light
Best Season: summer
Busiest Season: summer
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply
Closest Towns: Twisp, WA
Water: No drinking water
Restroom: Pit toilet (1)
Passes: Recreation Passes may be used as a form of fee payment.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Methow Valley Ranger District, 24 West Chewuch Road, Winthrop, WA 98862  509-996-4000

General Information


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.



In winter months access road becomes groomed snowmobile route, closed to motorize wheeled vehicles December 1 to April 1.

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Toilets vault toilets
Picnic tables
Interpretive Site