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Updated 12/13/2022

Trail and area closures in effect due to multiple wildfires in Pasayten Wilderness.

Pasayten Wilderness Fire Area Closure Order

Pasayten Wilderness Fire Area Trail Closure Map

Snow Level Aprox. 1,000 ft

Trail Name and Number Current Status

Albert Camp
375

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Andrews Creek
504

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Much of the trail is in burned timbered area; it is recommended that stock users always travel with a handsaw in this country. Snags from the burn are prominent and hikers should double check that campsites are safe. It’s very rocky in some areas so rugged footwear is suggested. A large portion of the trail is highly exposed, it is advised to begin traveling as early in the morning as possible to beat the heat, wear sunscreen and stay hydrated.

Basin Creek
360

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Bear Mountain
442

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Beaver Lake
356

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Blue Lake
314

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

This is a good short trail to see a beautiful alpine lake and mountain spires. The trail is in good condition but gets heavy traffic on weekends. It is best to arrive early to enjoy the lake. (8/20/22)

Trail cleared of downed wood and is snow free to the lake. (7/22/2022) 

Mountain Goats in the area.  Please help us keep these animals wild by giving them their space and keeping your dog on a leash.

Blue Buck
421

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Boundary Trail Irongate to Pasayten River
533

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

CLOSED DUE TO WILDFIRE from its junction with Trail #477 Hidden Lakes in T40N R18E S7 to its western terminus at Pacific Crest Trail #2000 in T40N R16E S20

The Boundary Trail is clear from Bald Mountain to Bunker Hill. (8/22/22)

The trail has been cleared out from the Irongate trailhead to Horseshoe Pass. (6/29/22)

*If you are traveling on the Boundary Trail #533, it is recommended that you ford the Pasayten River to access the Border Trail #461 (located North of the junction of the Hidden Lakes Trail #477 and Boundary Trail #533).

Tungsten Mine to Bald Mountain:
Condition unknown at this time

Spanish Camp to Dean Creek:
Bridge at Martina Creek has been burned and no longer exists. There is an easy ford for hikers but it is difficult for stock. Quartz Lake side trail is roughly 0.5 miles and has good views (lake area quite burned). Dean Creek area has been heavily burned. Campsites have been burned and many snags are present. 

**Remember to properly store food to avoid animal problems.  Bears are in area (hang food).  Mountain goats are in area (please pee on rocks).  Mosquitos plentiful.

Boundary Trail Pasayten River to PCT
533

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

The trail is cleared from the Pasayten airfield to the Frosty Creek crossing. (8/9/22)

There are multiple water sources on the trail segment from Bunker Hill to Park Pass. 

Burch Mountain
538

Condition Unknown at this Time

The northern 1.5 miles of the trail was intensely burned in the 2017 Diamond Creek Fire, leaving blackened trees. 

Buckskin Ridge
498

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Cady Pass
475

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Castle Pass
749

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

CLOSED DUE TO WILDFIRE from the boundary of North Cascades National Park in T40N R14E S3 to its eastern terminus at Pacific Crest Trail #2000 in T40N R16E S19.

Difficult to find trail in places. Beyond mile 5.5 trail has not been cleared in over 20 years.

Cathedral Driveway
510A

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Cedar Creek
476

Trail is snow-covered (12/1/2022)

Chancellor/Canyon Creek
754

 

Trail is snow-covered (12/1/2022)

Chancellor Trail is not passable to stock. Hikers should be advised there are several sections of potential dangerous sections; 4 tread washouts and 2 failing bridges.The trail has not been maintained for many years, but has receieved some logout attention from unofficial sawyers. With a few exceptions of the washouts and bridges, much of the trail is still in relatively good shape between Canyon Creek Trailhead and the old Chancellor Campground. Chancellor Trail between the old Chancellor Campground and Sky Pilot Pass is in unknown condition.

Boulder Creek Trail #729 is steep and extremely low use and has not been logged out in many years, though it is easy to follow to the North American Mine. (9/27/2021) Mill Creek #755 is abandoned and becomes difficult to follow 1/2 mile from Chancellor Trail. Tread on cross slope is rough and non-exsistant. 

Early-season option for a snow-free hike. 

Chewuch
510

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

The trail has been cleared out to the junction with Tungsten Creek #534. (7/3/22)

Chickadee Trailhead

Trail is snow-covered (12/1/2022)

Some trails in this area CLOSED due to 2021 Cedar Creek Fire:

  • Aqua Loop Trail
  • Thompson Ridge Trail from its southern terminus on Road 4410 to 2.4 miles from its northern terminus
  • Upper Climb It Change Trail
  • Woodpecker Trail from junction with Meadowlark Trail to its junction with Wild Turkey Trail

These trails are being kept closed because they cross soils that were burned and are especially fragile.

Clutch Creek
343

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Coleman Ridge
505

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Trail #505 on Colman Ridge proper has not seen maintenance in many years and is difficult to find in places and is not passable to stock.

Cooney Lake
434

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Copper Glance
519

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

This is a nice trail that allows you to see a historic mineshaft and a lake surrounded
by larch trees. This trail takes you uphill through a burn scar and opens up to beautiful views of the
Eightmile Creek drainage. The Isabella Ridge and Sherman Peak tower over the lovely larch trees that
surround the lake.

Many trees, of all sizes, across trail. Fifty trees from trailhead to mine, another 50-60 between mine and lake. Some areas of blowdown are a tangle to get around. Especially at the upper creek crossing the blowdown is extensive and it can be tricky to find the trail once you make your way through the tangle.

Copper Pass
426

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Due to the lack of trail maintenance on the western 1.4 miles of Copper Creek Trail (the Twisp River side), the Mile Post 160 Trail (off of hwy. 20) has become the best hiker option for access to Copper Pass from the west.  The MP 160 trail is NOT RECOMMENDED FOR STOCK.

Crater Creek
416

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Crater Mountain
746

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Cutthroat Creek
483

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

The trail is in great shape but be aware of the damaged bridges. Cutthroat is a great, less crowded alternative to some of the busier
trails. Users should be aware that this is a multiple use trail and should expect mountain bikes, stock and
hikers. It is highly recommended that dogs be kept under control while hiking or riding. 

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).  Nearby Lone Fir Campground is open for camping when snow is melted.

Crystal Lake
517

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Trail #517 was logged out to the wilderness boundary in 2018.  Beyond the wilderness boundary, the trail is difficult to find in places and has not been cleared in several years.

Dean Creek
456

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

This trail is not easily followed. Tread is visible in some locations. There is one water crossing about 1/3 of the way up the trail and this is the only water source for about 3 miles. Only recommended for advanced hikers.   

This trail has not been maintained for many years and is IMPASSABLE TO STOCK and difficult for hikers.

Deer Park
341

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Devils Ridge
752

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

CLOSED DUE TO WILDFIRE from its junction with Trail #738 Jackita Ridge in T38N R16E S10 to its easter terminus at Pacific Crest Trail #2000 in T39N R17E S33.

Between Deception and Sky Pilot Passes, there are multiple old bridges in poor condition.  These are manageable for hikers but NOT PASSABLE FOR STOCK. Water is available at Devil's Pass via a short sput trail downhill from the pass and near the Bear Skull shelter.

Diamond Jack
514

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Trail has not seen maintenance in several years and is difficult to find beyond Fox Lakes.

Dollar Watch  
451

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Also known as the East Fork Pasayten Trail, this trail has not been maintained in many years.

Drake Creek
502.1

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Trail was highly affected by the 2017 Diamond Creek Fire and there are many downed trees.  Trail is IMPASSABLE TO STOCK.  

Driveway Butte
481

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

One of the first trails to melt out in the early spring.  Great views of the upper Methow valley. 

Eagle Creek
410

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Stock may have difficulty due to the ground giving under horses' weight in places on the edge of the trail. (07/2022)

Eagle Lakes
431

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

*Camping spaces at Crater Creek TH reserved for camping and not for overflow parking.

Early Winters
522

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Trail has not been cleared of downed trees for many years.

East Creek
756

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Trail has not seen maintenance in several years.

East Fork Buttermilk
420

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Road to access the East Buttermilk Trail (400) is deeply rutted and high vehicle clearance is suggested. 

East Fork Pasayten
451

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Trail has been not been logged out since 2017 Diamond Creek Fire.  Downed trees, burned bridges, and boggy areas make the trail not stock passable.  Severe burned areas; be aware of mudslides and trees falling. 

Easy Pass
741

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

This is a good intermediate trail with a rewarding view. The hike is mostly incline until you reach the pass. The tread of the trail is in good condition but is rocky in some sections. There are marmots and pikas are around. 

The bridge over Granite Creek on the Easy Pass trail has a badly damaged railing; use caution. 

Falls Creek Falls

518.1

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Falls Creek
518

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Ferguson Lake
474A

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Fire Creek
561

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Trail has not received maintenance in many years.

Foggy Dew Creek Section 1
417

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Foggy Dew Creek Section 2
417.1

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Foggy Dew Ridge
438

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Fred's Lake
474

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Restoration area at Fred’s Lake closed, but several other campsites available.  Campsites also up at Doris Lake. 

 

Goat Peak
457

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

This is a north facing trail and so holds snow later into the spring. 

Hidden Lakes
477

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

**Trail #477 past junction with Tatoosh Buttes has not been maintained in years.

The trail is very burned, but the hike to 8-mile pass is beautiful.  The burn opened up the views to toward Eightmile Peak and Isabella Ridge, and there is a nice waterfall coming out of No Dice lake that is now visible from the trail.

Holman Creek
472.1

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Jackita Ridge
738

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

From Canyon Creek TH to Devil’s Pass: This is a section of trail that allows you to see
unburned sections of the Pasayten Wilderness. This particular section of the Devil’s Dome loop is very
steep but offers beautiful vistas and colorful scenery. Devil’s Park Shelter is a historic wilderness
structure that can be seen on this trail. Water sources are spaced out on this trail so be sure to fill up
when you can. There is a scramble section of trail between Devil’s Park and Jackita Peak which is
impassable by stock. A beautiful and difficult section of trail. 

Bridge at Canyon Creek has been destroyed by a fallen tree. When the water is running high it is unadvisable to attempt a crossing.

*Can start at East Bank TH on NCNP and then connect into this trail via Ruby Creek trail #736.

Larch Creek/Billy Goat Pass
502

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

This trail allows you to access the diversity of landscapes the Pasayten has to offer. The trail takes you through mountain passes and great views. McCall Gulch Pass and Corral Lake are beautiful. A lot of this trail is in a burned area so be cautious of high wind weather and landslides after rain. 

Intensely burned during 2017 Diamond Creek Fire.  Some tread and drainage issues.

Lake Ann/Maple Pass Loop
740

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

**Absolutely no camping is being permitted within 1/4 mile around Lake Ann or Rainy Lake or along the Heather/Maple Pass Loop Trail.     

Lake Creek
500

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

This is a lovely trail that leads to a beautiful lake. It is 4 miles to the lake and the grade of the trail is very gradual. 

The trail is NOT STOCK PASSIBLE TO THE STOCK CAMP at the end of the lake due to large boulders in the trail. 

Beyond Black Lake, trail has not been cleared in years and MANY DOWNED TREES.

Leecher Lookout

 Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Libby Creek
415

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Small section of trail burned in the 2018 Crescent Fire. Trail receives intermittent logout but has not been maintained in many years and you can expect many trees across the trail.

Difficult for stock; not recommended for pack stock due to difficult rocky sections and difficult creek crossings.

Lightning Creek
425

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Lookout Mountain
412

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

 

Lone Fir
535

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Trail has not been maintained in several years and has many obsticles for hikers.

Long Draw
340

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Louis Lake 
428

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

BRIDGE OUT ON TRAIL #428 TO LOUIS LAKE.  

Currently there is no good ford option, especially during high water.
SEE MAP, PHOTO AND MORE INFO

The access trail to Louis Lake is NOT AFFECTED BY SOUTH CREEK TRAIL CLOSURE.

See South Creek Trail #401 Closure information below.

The route is about 70% burned by the 2018 Crescent Mt fire.  The fire intensity was not uniform, with a wide range of impacts, pockets of unburned brush & trees to areas with no surviving trees.  The initial 0.4 mile of climb up the Louis Lake trail has few surviving trees and a few areas of erosion and root burnout affecting the tread.  As would be expected, there is much less shade on the trail.

Martin Creek
429

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

McCall Gulch
548

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

This trail descends into a burned area from the 2017 Diamond Creek Fire and completely disappears (has not been logged out since fire). Not stock passable. Only for those wanting to bushwack.  Be aware of mudslides and falling trees. 

Middle Fork
387

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Middle Fork Beaver Creek
406

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Monument Creek
484

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

In the Fall of 2022, the trail was cleared aprox. 2.7 miles (5400') beyond Eureka Creek. The footlog bridge has been fully installed at the Eureka Creek crossing. Past the bridge the trail steeply climbs up to reveal beautiful views of the Lost River drainage. Beyond this point the trail has not been maintained in many years and is hard to follow in places.

North Fork 20 Mile
560

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

North Creek
413

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Oval Lakes
410A

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Difficult for stock because of the ground giving under horses' weight in places near the edge of the trail.

Pacific Crest Trail (Bridge Creek to Stehekin)
2000

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

**There is no car camping allowed at the trailhead. Lone Fir Campground is open.

Pacific Crest Trail (Hwy 20 to Harts Pass)
2000

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

**Two permanent bear boxes have been installed for food storage near the Hart’s Pass Guard Station.  The boxes are located where the PCT crosses the FSR 5400-700 Road, about 100 feet down the 700 road from the Hart’s Pass Guard Station Cabin.  The boxes are highly visible and easy to locate from the PCT.  The snowpack is still around 60 inches at Hart’s Pass as of mid-June, so hikers should be prepared to dig to access the boxes and be prepared for technical snow travel.

One unstable slope/washout between Granite Pass and Snowy Lakes creates a challenge for hikers, impassable for stock.

Pacific Crest Trail (Hart’s Pass to Canada)
2000

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

CLOSED DUE TO WILDFIRE from Holman Pass (junction with trail #752 and trail #472.1) north to the Canadian border

Park  Pass
506

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Has not been cleared since the 2017 Diamond Creek Fire partially burned the trail. Not passable to stock but passable to hikers. 

Pasayten Drive
405

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Pearrygin Peak
526

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Most of the trail was burned in the 2006 Tripod Fire and has received minimal maintenance since then.  Stock and mountain bikes will be stopped within the first mile.  Hikers will have difficulty with hundreds of logs over the trail and in locating the trail after the first 2.0 miles.

Peepsight
525 & 525A

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

 

Peepsite Creek Trail was burned in 2003 and has received little mattenance since then. The burned areas have large amount of blowdowns that are difficult for hikers and impassable for stock.

Rainy Lake
310

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

**Camping is NOT allowed within 1/4 mile of the lake to help preserve the fragile alpine vegetation.

Reynolds Creek
402

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Trail was burned in the 2018 Crescent Fire and has not seen maintenance in several years. After first few miles, the trail essentially disappears.

Robinson Creek 
478

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

CLOSED DUE TO WILDFIRE from its junction with Trail #472 West Fork Pasayten in T40N R18E S8 to its northern terminus at the junction with Trail #533 Boundary Trail in T40N R18E S32

At the junction with the Buckskin Ridge trail #498, cross to the west side of the Pasayten River on trail #498 to access trails #498, #472, #473, #533, and the Pasayten Airport.  (There are bridges or footlogs available at all these river crossings.  Upper segment of #498 where it cross the Pasayten River has a landslide and difficult river crossing that is not recommended for hikers or stock.) There are quite a few campsites along the 478 trail that are in good condition.

Rock Creek
473

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

CLOSED DUE TO WILDFIRE from its junction with Trail #478 Robinson Creek in T40N R17E S5 to 0.6 miles east of Pacific Crest Trail #2000 in T40N R17E S9 (Coney Basin is not closed)

Scatter Creek
427

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

This area was included in the 2018 Crescent Mountain Fire.

Sheep Creek
547

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Burned in the 2017 Diamond Creek Fire. Has not seen maintenance in several years. 

Slate Creek
414

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Smith Lake
361

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

South Creek
401

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

BRIDGE OUT ON TRAIL #428 TO LOUIS LAKE.  DANGEROUS RIVER CROSSING 

TRAIL CLOSURE:
The trail is closed approximately 2.5 miles up South Creek Trail #401 at a gated private property boundary. The private land owner has closed public access approximately 1/2 mile beyond the junction with Louis Lake trail.  There is no public access through the private land. There are no alternative routes around the private property due to steep terrain and high water crossings. See CLOSURE MAP
See LOUIS LAKE TRAIL #428 alert and information above.

There are no side trails to Mosquito, Bugger, or South Lakes and navigation and progress can be difficult and slow.

Spanish Creek
503

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

This trail has not been maintained for years.  It is impassable for stock and difficult for hikers with boggy sections with the trail difficult to find.

Stub Creek/Deception Pass
458

Trail is snow-covered (12/1/2022)

Trail has not seen maintenance in several years.

Sunrise Lake
417.2

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Tatoosh Buttes
485

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Tungsten
534

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Twisp Pass
432

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Twisp River
440

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Trail was partially burnt in the 2018 Crescent Fire. Trail receives routine annual logout. 

War Creek
408

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

After about 2.5 miles there is a heavy load of logs down. As you get closer to the cabin, around 5 miles in, they begin to stack on top of each other and navigating off trail becomes essential. This trail is not currently stock friendly. The cabin is still accessible and fun for a day hike.

Washington Pass Overlook

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

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. Lone Fir Campground is open and nearby.

West Fork Buttermilk
411

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

West Fork Methow
480

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Watch for rattlesnakes, especially if hiking with dogs.

Bridge has washed out at Trout Creek. 

West Fork Pasayten
472

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

CLOSED DUE TO WILDFIRE from its junction with Trail #478 Robinson Creek in T40N R17E S8 to its junction with Trail #472.1 Holman in T39N R16E S35.

In recent years, trail has only received maintenance from Slate Peak to Holman Cuttoff Trail (#472.1).  Going north from Holman Cuttoff (#472.1) to Middle Fork (#478), near the Pasayten Airport, there are hundreds of trees.  Difficult for hikers; impossible for stock.

Whistler Cutoff
575

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Williams Creek
407

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Windy Creek
362

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Windy Peak
342

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

Wolf Creek
527

Trail is snow-covered (11/3/2022)

The foot log over North Fork Wolf Creek was significantly compromised by fire damage. The camps at 0.8 miles and 2.6 miles are usable but are surrounded by dead trees.