From the south, the trail begins at Waptus River Trail #1310, immediately crosses Waptus River at a good ford (caution: ford is wide and water can be high and swift early in season) and begins a gradual ascent that steepens and has several switchbacks, again becoming a gradual ascent as it passes through the Trail Creek headwaters and passes above Squitch Lake, ending at Cathedral Pass Trail 1345. The trail is in good condition. Lake Michael Trail 1336 is accessed via the Trail Creek Trail.
SETTING: Relatively young timber as the result of a large fire approximately 100 years ago, dry and wet meadows, stream, marshy pond.
At a Glance
Wilderness permits are required. The self-issuing permits are free and are available at trailheads.