Methow Valley Ranger District, Trails

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5/30/18 - Most forest trails still have varing amounts of winter snow accumulation. Caution: creek crossings are swift and high during spring melt-off. Harts Pass at 6200 feet has 26 inches of snow on 6/8/18, Washington Pass at 5500 feet has 28 inches and Rainy Pass at 4800 feet elevation has 17 inches of snow.


Trail Name and Number Current Status Date

Andrews Creek
504

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.. Caution: creek crossings are swift and high with spring run-off, especially the Little Andrews Creek ford. First 12 miles of this trail burned over in 2003 wildfire. Many snags along the trail could come down in windy weather. Trail has not been cleared of down trees in 2018 (will be cleared when snow melts).

5/23/18

Bear Mountain
442

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

5/23/18

Beaver Lake
356

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown. Many down trees on trail. Area burned over in 2015 wildfire.

5/2318

 

Blue Lake Trail
314

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown, 28 inches on trailhead parking area on 6/8/18.

No camping at Blue Lake. No camping within ¼ mile of the lake (to help preserve the fragile alpine vegetation, as this is a very popular day hike area). There are no campsites that meet this requirement. 36 CFR 261.58 (e) $50.00. Car camping is only allowed within developed recreation campground sites along the North Cascades Scenic Highway 20. There is no car camping allowed at the trailhead. Lone Fir Campground, about 4 miles east of Washington Pass on Highway 20, is open.

5/23/18

Blue Buck Trail
314

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

5/23/18

Boundary Trail Irongate to Pasayten River
533

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown. Trail has burned over in 2006 near trailhead and 2017 in some areas between Lower Cathedral Lake and Quartz Lake. Trail has not been cleared of down trees in 2018 (will be cleared when snow melts).

5/23/18

Boundary Trail Pasayten River to PCT
533

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown. Trail has burned over in 2006 between Bunker Hill and Soda Creek. Trail has not been cleared of down trees in 2018 (will be cleared when snow melts).

5/23/18

Burch Mountain
538

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown. Trail burned over in 2017. Trail has not been cleared of down trees in 2018.

5/23/18

Buckskin Ridge
498

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown. Trail has not been cleared of down trees in 4 years.

Road to Slate Pass trailhead is usually snow-covered until the beginning of July.

5/23/18

Cady Pass
475

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown. Trail has not been cleared of down trees in many years.

5/23/18

Castle Pass
749

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown. Trail has not been maintained since 2004. Trail is impassable to stock with many down trees on the trail especially in the lower elevations making trail very difficult for hikers also. Lower portion of trail has had some trail clearing improvements for several miles.

5/23/18

Cedar Creek Trail
476

Still winter snow remains on trail at 5 miles. This trail is forested with Cedar Creek Waterfalls below the trail, at 1.75 miles, the falls are impressive with the spring run-off.

6/8/18

Chancellor/Canyon Creek Trail
754 CFR Trail Closures

THIS TRAIL HAS NOT BEEN MAINTAINED SINCE 2010, AND IS NOT GOOD as much of the trail is washed out. Only a short portion of the trail is open as much of the trail to Chancellor was washed out in 2011. Trail has CFR closures due to 2011 trail wash outs Trail is closed to stock from Boulder Creek to Mill Creek as there was no place for a horse to turn around past that point in 2011. The trail is closed to hikers from Mill Creek to Cedar Crossing as most of the trail was washed out in 2011 and has not been repaired. The trail from Chancellor to Sky Pilot Pass is not maintained, many, many down trees blocking stock. Trail from Sky Pilot Pass to Holman Pass is not cleared for stock.

Car camping is only allowed within developed recreation campground sites along the North Cascades Scenic Highway 20. There is no car camping allowed at the trailheads. Colonial Creek Campground on Diablo Lake and Lone Fir Campground, about 4 miles east of Washington Pass on Highway 20, are open.

5/23/18

Chewuch
510

Last 2.5 miles of road was damaged by high river water, blocking access to 30 Mile Memorial and 30 Mile Trailhead. No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown. First 5 miles of the trail has burned over in 2001.

5/23/18

Coleman Ridge
505

 No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown. Trail burned over in 2003.

5/23/18

Cooney Lake
434

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

5/23/18

Copper Glance
519

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

5/23/18

Copper Pass
426

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

5/23/18

Crater Creek Trail
416

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

5/23/18

Crater Mountain
746

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

5/23/18

Cutthroat Creek
483

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown. Road to trailhead is snow-free.

 

Camping is not allowed within ¼ mile of the lake to help preserve the fragile alpine vegetation, as this is a very popular day hike area. 36 CFR 261.58 (e) $50.00.  Lone Fir Campground, about 4 miles east of Washington Pass on Highway 20, is open.

6/8/18

Crystal Lake
517

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

5/23/18

Dean Creek Trail
456

 No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown. Trail burned over in 2017 & has not been maintained for many, many years.

5/23/18

Devils Ridge Trail
752

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

The trail was cleared of down trees in 2017, from Ross Lake through Devils Pass, Deception Pass and Sky Pilot Pass to Holman Pass. This trail is not recommended for stock. The beginning 4 miles of trail is very brushy with narrow tread on steep side hills. This trail is often difficult to follow over Devil's Dome due to the remaining snow at 6982 feet elevation until mid to late July. The trail east of Deception Pass and Sky Pilot Pass has many areas that are very muddy with old rotted decking. Jackita Ridge Trail also is difficult to follow in some areas as it also retains snow at higher elevations.

6/8/18

Diamond Jack
514

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown. Trail burned over in 2017.

5/23/18

Dollar Watch  #451

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown. Trail burned over in 2017.

5/23/18

Drake Creek
502A

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown. Trail burned over in 2017.

5/23/18

Driveway Butte Trail
481

Wildflowers are blooming and trail is snow-free. Trail has one log down across trail (blocking horses) with many down trees across the trail in the burn area. Burn area is brushy. Trail is mostly snow-free with great views of the surrounding mountains up the Varden Creek valley to Silver Star Mountain. 

6/8/18

Eagle Creek
410

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

5/23/18

Eagle Lakes
431

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

5/23/18

Early Winters Trail
522

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown. Trail has down trees across trail.

5/23/18

East Creek
756

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

Car camping is only allowed within developed recreation campground sites along the North Cascades Scenic Highway 20. There is no car camping allowed at the trailhead. Lone Fir Campground, about 4 miles east of Washington Pass on Highway 20, is open.

5/23/18

East Fork Buttermilk
420

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown. Trail is cleared of down trees in 2017.

5/23/18

East Fork Pasayten
451

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown. Trail burned over in 2006 and 2017 and not maintained since.

5/23/18

Easy Pass
741

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

This steep trail enters North Cascades National Park at Easy Pass so camping beyond Easy Pass requires a backcountry permit from North Cascades National Park before your trip. Car camping is only allowed within developed recreation campground sites along the North Cascades Scenic Highway 20. There is no car camping allowed at the trailhead. Lone Fir Campground, about 4 miles east of Washington Pass on Highway 20, is open.

5/23/18

Falls Creek Falls

Snow is  melted off of the very short paved trail to beautiful waterfalls.

5/23/18

Falls Creek Trail
518

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown. Trail burned over in 2014.

5/23/18

Ferguson Lake
474A

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

5/23/18

Fire Creek
561

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown. Trail has not been maintained since 2003 fire.

5/23/18

Foggy Dew Creek Trail Section 1
417

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

5/23/18

Foggy Dew Creek Trail Section 2
417A

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

5/23/18

Foggy Dew Ridge Trail

438

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

5/23/18

Fred's Lake Trail   474

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

5/23/18

Goat Peak Trail
509

Road to trailhead is open but northfacing trail is still covered with winter snow accumulations.

5/23/18

Hidden Lakes
477

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown. Trail burned over in 2017.

5/23/18

Holman Creek
472A

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

5/23/18

Jackita Ridge
738

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

5/23/18

Larch Creek/Billy Goat Pass
502

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown. Both trailheads burned over in 2017.

 

5/23/18

Lake Ann/Maple Pass Loop Trail
740

Trail covered with remaining winter  snow.

A large area was replanted last year to restore the vegetation. Please stay on the trails.  (36 CFR 261.53(b) $100.00 fine).     

Absolutely no camping is being permitted within 1/4 mile around Lake Ann or Rainy Lake or along the Heather/Maple Pass Loop Trail.  (36 CFR 261.58(e) $50.00 fine).  We are strictly enforcing this.   

Car camping is only allowed within developed recreation campground sites along the North Cascades Scenic Highway 20. There is no car camping allowed at the trailhead. Lone Fir Campground, 10 miles to the east on Highway 20, is open.

5/23/18

Lake Creek Trail
500

Trail cleared of down trees 4 miles to Black Lake. Brush was cleared from trail for 2 miles. Trail burned over in 2003 so trees come down frequently onto the trail. Trail north of  Black Lake has not been maintained since 2003. Trail has 400 down trees across trail from Black Lake to the junction with the Diamond Jack 514 Trail.

5/30/18

Leecher Look-out Trail

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

5/23/18

Libby Creek
415

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

5/23/18

Lightning Creek
425

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

5/23/18

Lookout Mountain Trail
412

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

5/23/18

Lone Fir
535

Still winter snow accumulations on trail. Trail not cleared of down trees in 2017.

5/23/18

Louis Lake 
428

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown. Trail was cleared of down trees in 2017.

5/23/18

Martin Creek
429

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

5/23/18

McCall Gulch
548

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown. Trail burned over in 2017

5/23/18

Middle Fork Beaver Creek
406

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

 

5/23/18

Monument Creek Trail
484

Trail is snow-free to the Eureka Creek ford at 3.7 miles. Flowers are blooming along the trail. The trail has many very brushy sections and there are logs across the trail that will stop stock at 2.4 miles. Creek fords are running deep with swift water due to spring runoff.

5/23/18

North Fork 20 Mile Trail
560

Trail is snowfree and the flowers blooming are slightly past their prime in beginning part of the trail. Flowers currently blooming are: Lupine, paintbrush, penstemon, gilia and a bery fragrant bush with small yellow flowers. Lots of logs over the trail, a minor issue for hikers but stock will have difficulty getting logs. Trail is brushy.

6/8/18

North Creek
413

North Creek Trailhead closed until hazard trees are removed.  Trail is cleared of down trees to wilderness boundary. Use caution in the rocky slide area as a creek ford is very high and swift. Trail is  snow-free about 3 miles just before the swift, wide and deep North Creek ford. The remaining trail has increasing amounts of snow.

 

5/31/18

Oval Lakes
410A

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

5/23/18

Pacific Crest Trail (Bridge Creek to Stehekin)
2000

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

Car camping is only allowed within developed recreation campground sites along the North Cascades Scenic Highway 20. There is no car camping allowed at the trailhead. Lone Fir Campground, about 10 miles to the east on Highway 20 is open.

5/23/18

Pacific Crest Trail (Hwy 20 to Harts Pass)
2000

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

5/23/18

Pacific Crest Trail (Hart’s Pass to Canada) Hikers from PCT to Canada need a Canadian entry permit, stamped and signed by a Canadian Border Services Agent. Note: there is currently no legal way to enter the US from Canada on the PCT 2000. There is no Port of Entry at the Pacific Crest Trail northern terminus. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) requires that U.S. citizens returning home from Canada by land or sea present one of the travel documents listed at a US Port of Entry: U.S. Passport, U.S. Passport Card, Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL), Trusted Traveler Program Cards. This cannot be done at the international PCT crossing.

Still winter snow accumulations on trail. Access road, Harts Pass Road 5400, is still closed by snow.

5/23/18

Park  Pass
506

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

5/23/18

Pearrygin Peak
526

Still winter snow accumulations on trail. Access road to trailhead is blocked by a very large wash-out in 2011, trail has not been maintained since then.

5/23/18

Peepsight
525 & 525A

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

5/23/18

Rainy Lake Trail
310

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

Camping is not allowed within 1/4 mile of the lake to help preserve the fragile alpine vegetation,  as this is a very popular day hike area. 36 CFR 261.58 (e) $50.00 fine. We are strictly enforcing this.

Car camping is only allowed within developed recreation campground sites along the North Cascades Scenic Highway 20. There is no car camping allowed at the trailhead. Lone Fir Campground, about 10 miles to the east on Highway 20, is open.

5/23/18

Reynolds Creek
402

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown. This trail  was cleared of down trees to wilderness boundary in 2016 but area beyond is no longer maintained.

5/23/18

Robinson Pass 
478

Trailed snow-free and cleared of down trees to Beauty Creek Junction. No current trail report available beyond that point, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

5/23/18

Rock Creek
473

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

5/23/18

Scatter Creek
427

Trailhead is closed until hazard trees are removed. Trail cleared of down trees to wilderness boundary, about 2 miles. Trail  still snow covered near lake.

5/31/18

Sheep Creek
547

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

5/23/18

Slate Creek
414

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

5/23/18

South Creek Trail
401

Snow-free about 3 miles. Trail cleared of down trees 1.2 miles (to wilderness boundary) with 2 large down trees accross trail about 1 mile after the Louis trail junction. Winter snow accumulations on most of the trail. Trail was cleared of down trees from trailhead to South Pass in 2017. This trail enters North Cascades National Park at South Pass so camping beyond South Pass requires a backcountry permit from North Cascades National Park before your trip.

5/31/18

Spanish Creek
503

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown. This trail was burned over in 2017

5/23/18

Stub Creek/Deception Pass
458

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown. This trail was burned over in 2017

5/23/18

Sunrise Lake
417.2

Still winter snow accumulations on trail. No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

5/23/18

Tatoosh Buttes
485

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

5/23/18

Tungsten
534

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

5/23/18

Twisp Pass Trail
432

Trail cleared of down trees and snow-free about 2 miles. Amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown beyond 2 miles.

5/31/18

Twisp River Trail
440

Trail is snow-free and cleared of down trees.

5/31/18

War Creek
408

Snow-free 3 miles with down trees cleared from trail for 3 miles. Amount of  snow on remaining trail unknown.

5/31/18

Washington Pass Overlook

Still some winter snow accumulations on trail to overlook. Gate to access road is closed to vehicle traffic, foot traffic is okay.

This short trail does NOT require Northwest Forest Pass.

Car camping is only allowed within developed recreation campground sites along the North Cascades Scenic Highway 20. There is no car camping allowed at the trailhead. Nearby Lone Fir Campground, 4 miles east  of Washington Pass on Highway 20, is open.

5/23/18

West Fork Buttermilk
411

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

5/23/18

West Fork Methow Trail
480

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.  This trail is impassable for stock and difficult for hikers in the area above Trout Creek where trail has not been cleared of down trees since 2012 so the remaining trail has many, many, many scattered down trees throughout the old 2003 burn area (avoid this trail during windy weather).  Check for ticks, and watch for rattlesnakes in summer months.

5/23/18

West Fork Pasayten
472

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown. Trail has not been cleared of the many down trees for 3 years.

5/23/18

Whistler Cutoff
575

No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

5/23/18

Williams Creek
407

Trailhead is closed until hazard trees are removed. No current trail report available, amount of  snow remaining on trail unknown.

5/23/18

Wolf Creek Trail

527

Road to trailhead is badly eroded in a few places and maybe difficult for low clearance vehicles. Trail is snow-free and trail is cleared of down trees for 5 miles. 

5/23/18