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Website Update 6/28/2022

Snow Level is approx. 6,100 ft
 

Trail Name and Number Current Status

Albert Camp
375

Condition Unknown at this Time

Andrews Creek
504

There is about 2 feet of snow at the pass, with occasional post holes up to waist deep. The Spanish Camp Cabin area has patchy snow. The area before Peepsite Junction has about 200 trees with root wads blown down and green trees as well.  (6/17/22)

 

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

Condition Unknown at this Time

Bear Mountain
442

Condition Unknown at this Time

Beaver Lake
356

Condition Unknown at this Time

Blue Lake
314

Trail is snow covered (5/27/2022).

Blue Buck
421

Condition Unknown at this Time

 

Boundary Trail Irongate to Pasayten River
533

Condition Unknown at this Time

There are few places that stock are permitted in the Pasayden, Middle Fork Toats Coulee area and a short section of trail #533 near Irongate are open and  passable for stock. 

*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, but can cross on foot. Ashnola in burn area, but trail easy to follow. Quartz Lake side trail is roughly 0.5 miles and has good views (lake area quite burned). Dean Creek area has been heavily burned and camping is not recommended. 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

Condition Unknown at this Time

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

Condition Unknown at this Time

Cady Pass
475

Condition Unknown at this Time

Castle Pass
749

Condition Unknown at this Time

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

Cathedral Driveway
510A

Condition Unknown at this Time

Cedar Creek
476

Trail tread repair and logout has been completed to Cedar Creek Falls, about 1.7 miles in. (6/8/22)

Logged out to the falls.

Chancellor/Canyon Creek
754

CFR Trail Closures

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 mnay years, but has receieved some logout attention from unofficial sawyers, so blowout is currently light. 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 id 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. 

There is a CFR Closure at Cedar Crossing due to unstable slope and trail washout. In 2020, the trail was cleared from Canyon Creek to Mill Creek and from Cedar Crossing to Sky Pilot Pass.  Trail is difficult to follow at 6250' below Center Mountain.

Chewuch
510

Trail is stock passable up to the Chewuch Falls, around 3 miles in, but not stock passable beyond that. Past the falls many trees have fallen that make traversing more challenging. There are heavy signs of moose, their tracks are visible on the trails. Hikers reported seeing a moose in a clearing. (5/30/22)

Chickadee Trailhead

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

Condition Unknown at this Time

Coleman Ridge
505

Condition Unknown at this Time

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

Condition Unknown at this Time

Copper Glance
519

Trail is snow-covered. (5/27/2022)

Copper Pass
426

Condition Unknown at this Time

Crater Creek
416

Condition Unknown at this Time

Crater Mountain
746

Condition Unknown at this Time

Cutthroat Creek
483

The trail is mostly snow covered beyond 1.3 miles and has not been logged out. The trail is not currently stock passable. The bridge at 1.8 miles is partially failed and the bridge over the outlet on the trail to the lake has failed. (6/24/22)

 

Trail is snow covered. (5/27/2022)

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 #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

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

Condition Unknown at this Time

Devils Ridge
752

Condition Unknown at this Time

Between Deception and Sky Pilot Passes, there are multiple old bridges in poor condition.  These are manageable for hikers but NOT RECOMMENDED FOR STOCK. Bear Skull Shelter is a good option for camping.  Water is plentiful at the shelter and plenty of campsites are available surrounding the area.  The spring slightly north and below the trail at Devil's pass is flowing and very few springs cross the trail until Canyon Creek. (8/12/20)

Diamond Jack
514

Condition Unknown at this Time

Closed due to fire activity; Lake Creek #500, South of junction of Diamond Jack.

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

Dollar Watch  
451

Condition Unknown at this Time

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

Drake Creek
502.1

Condition Unknown at this Time

Trail was highly affected by the 2017 Diamond Creek Fire and there are many downed trees.  Trail is IMPASSABLE TO STOCK.  (8/23/20)

Driveway Butte
481

Trail is snow covered (5/10/2022).

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

Eagle Creek
410

The trail is logged out for the first 1.25 miles (6/14/22).


There are some tread and drain issues.

*Because of the 2018 Crescent Fire, there is a lot of powdery dust on trail.  Not recommended for stock because of the ground giving under horses' weight in places. (8/16/20)

Eagle Lakes
431

Condition Unknown at this Time


(*On other side of Sawtooth Ridge, serious rock issue at one point makes it very difficult for stock to traverse)

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

Early Winters
522

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

East Creek
756

Condition Unknown at this Time

Trail has not seen maintenance in several years.

East Fork Buttermilk
420

Condition Unknown at this Time

Road to access the East Buttermilk Trail (400) is deeply rutted and high vehicle clearance is suggested. (9/7/2021)

East Fork Pasayten
451

Condition Unknown at this Time

(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) (2020)

Easy Pass
741

Trail is snow covered (5/10/2022)

Falls Creek Falls

518.1

 

Short hike (aprox 1/8 mile) to beautiful Falls roaring with spring snow melt. Continue past Falls Creek Falls to a series of falls viewable from above.  Use caution when looking down into the canyon.

Falls Creek
518

Condition Unknown at this Time

Ferguson Lake
474A

Condition Unknown at this Time

Trail is clear until the last half mile, with minimal fallen logs. Trail is IMPASSABLE TO STOCK but hikers on foot can easily maeuver around blowdowns.  Ferguson Lake is currently jumping with fish and all campsites are in pristine condition.  Wildcat is a fun peak to climb up if looking for added adventure. (9/23/20)

 

Fire Creek
561

Condition Unknown at this Time

Trail has not received maintenance in many years.

Foggy Dew Creek Section 1
417

Condition Unknown at this Time

Foggy Dew Creek Section 2
417.1

Condition Unknown at this Time

Foggy Dew Ridge
438

Condition Unknown at this Time

Fred's Lake
474

Condition Unknown at this Time

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

 

Goat Peak
457

There are several downed trees at the start of the trail that need to be navigated around. About 1.5 miles in, there are snow patches covering parts of the trail and muddy trail conditions. Due to the increase in temperature, hikers should be prepared for some post holing. (6/27/22)

Snow is deep in places and mostly soft. The road to the trailhead is clear. (6/22/22)

Trail is snow covered (5/27/2022)

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

 

Hidden Lakes
477

Trail is logged out to 1.5 miles in. Heavy blowdown beyond that. (6/12/22)


**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

Condition Unknown at this Time

Jackita Ridge
738

Condition Unknown at this Time

Canyon Creek Trail Collapse and in order to hike must be accessed by bushwacking. Bridge out at Canyon Creek Trailhead destroyed. When water is running high, unadvisable to attempt any crossing. (8/25/2021)

*Can start at East Bank TH on NCNP and then loop into this trail since East Bank starts across the river.

Larch Creek/Billy Goat Pass
502

Trail is logged out to 1.3 miles in and is stock passable. (6/13/22)

Road #5130 drivable to the Billygoat Trailhead, previous washout was fixed (06/15/2021)

Intensely burned during 2017 Diamond Creek Fire.  Some tread and drainage issues; unchecked water up and down from the Billy Goat Pass; trails going through the high country can be very rutted with four or five trails across in some places.

Lake Ann/Maple Pass Loop
740

Condition Unknown at this Time

Trailhead is inaccessible to wheeled vehicles. North Cascades Highway 20 is CLOSED TO WHEELED VEHICLES FOR THE SEASON.

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 logged out and stock passable to Black Lake. There are large boulders in the trail that are stock impassible near the head of the lake, its upper end. (6/11/22)

The trail is snow free to the lake.  Paintbrush is blooming in the first mile. Stock will be stopped by many logs, starting at 3.5 miles. There is a wash out at the end of the lake that blocks the stock camp. (5/18/2022)

Beyond Black Lake, trail has not been cleared in years and many downed trees.

Leecher Lookout

 Condition Unknown at this Time

Libby Creek
415

Condition Unknown at this Time

Small section of trail burned in the 2018 Crescent Fire. Trail receives intermittent logout.

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

Lightning Creek
425

Condition Unknown at this Time

Lookout Mountain
412

Trail is snow-free to Lookout. (5/27/2022)

 

Lone Fir
535

Trail is snow-covered. (5/27/2022)

Long Draw
340

Condition Unknown at this Time

Louis Lake 
428

ALERT! The trail bridge across South Creek on the Louis Lake Trail is past its service life due to severely rotten stringers. The bridge is closed due to safety concerns and we cannot recommend its use. Currently there is no good ford option, especially during high water.
SEE MAP, PHOTO AND MORE INFO

Condition Unknown at this Time

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

Condition Unknown at this Time

McCall Gulch
548

Condition Unknown at this Time

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.  Would strongly discourage the route to Dollar Watch pass or to Hidden Lakes.

Middle Fork
387

Condition Unknown at this Time

Middle Fork Beaver Creek
406

Condition Unknown at this Time

Trail receives intermittent logout; though it has not seen maintenance this season. (2020)

Monument Creek
484

The trail is completely log free all the way to the bridge washout, around 3.5 miles in. The wildflowers are in full bloom and the creek is roaring. (5/26/22)

The first 3.4 miles of this trail have been hiked.A few glacier lilies are blooming at the trailhead.  Significant snow, 8” – 18” deep, starts at 2.4 miles. Trail has 8 logs over it (8” – 26” diameter).  Hikers will have some difficulty (stock stopped) with logs at 1.7 and 2.5 miles. (4/5/2022)

In the Fall of 2021, the trail was cleared to aprox. 2.2 miles beyond Eureka Creek. Beyond this point the trail has not been maintained in many years. Eureka Creek is difficult to cross from spring to early summer.

North Fork 20 Mile
560

Trail is logged out for about the first 3 miles. (5/13/22)

North Creek
413

Trail is logged out to about 1.3 miles in. (6/1/22)

Oval Lakes
410A

Condition Unknown at this Time

*Because of the 2018 Crescent Fire, there is a lot of powdery dust on trail.  Not recommended for stock because of the ground giving under horses' weight in places.

Pacific Crest Trail (Bridge Creek to Stehekin)
2000

Trail is Snow covered (5/27/2022)

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.

Pacific Crest Trail (Hwy 20 to Harts Pass)
2000

Trail is Snow covered (5/27/2022)

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 (5/27/2022)

Park  Pass
506

Condition Unknown at this Time

Has not been cleared since the 2017 Diamond Creek Fire partially burned the trail. Not passable to stock but passable to hikers. The only water source is from Ramon Lakes. 

Pasayten Drive
405

Condition Unknown at this Time

Pearrygin Peak
526

Condition Unknown at this Time

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

Condition Unknown at this Time

Peepsite Creek from Andrews Pass junction has been wiped out over time and is moderately difficult to navigate. The burned areas have large amount of blowdowns but, are passable to hikers. 

Southern portion of trail from Andrews Creek #504 junction to Peepsight Lake received maintenance in 2018, and has not received maintenance since then.  Northern portion of trail has not seen maintenance for many years (Andrew’s Pass to Peepsight Lake).

Rainy Lake
310

Trail is snow covered. (5/27/2022)

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

Reynolds Creek
402

Condition Unknown at this Time

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 logged out and stock passable to about 1.5 miles in. (5/25/22)

A very popular trail. There are a few sizable logs down that are not stock or dog friendly. Prepare to hop over a few fallen trees. (5/26/22)

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

Condition Unknown at this Time

Scatter Creek
427

Trail is logged out to about 1.6 miles in (5/14/22)

This area was included in the 2018 Crescent Mountain Fire.

Sheep Creek
547

Condition Unknown at this Time

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

Slate Creek
414

Condition Unknown at this Time

Hanging food is advisable.  Slate Lake is buggy.  Little Slate Lake marshy.

Smith Lake
361

Condition Unknown at this Time

South Creek
401

Trail is logged out until about 1 mile in. (5/5/22)

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.

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.

There are no side trails to Mosquito, Bugger, or South Lakes and navigation and progress can be difficult and slow. Private property signs are posted and hikers should stay on the trail through this short section of private property. 

Spanish Creek
503

Condition Unknown at this Time

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

Condition Unknown at this Time

Trail has not seen maintenance in several years.

Sunrise Lake
417.2

Condition Unknown at this Time

Tatoosh Buttes
485

Condition Unknown at this Time

White Lakes just north of Tatoosh Buttes, while easy to access, are also surrounded with burn and had no established campsites. It would be possible to camp on the north side of the lake but most people would probably prefer to camp above the lakes on the buttes.

Tungsten
534

Condition Unknown at this Time

Twisp Pass
432

Trail is logged out for about the first 1.6 miles in. Trail is very brushy in some sections. (6/1/22)

Twisp River
440

Trail is logged and brushed to to Gilbert trailhead, about 14 miles.

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

War Creek
408

The first 1.5 miles are logged out and stock passable. (6/14/22)

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. (6/2/22)

Caution: Dead trees can fall unpredictably. Use caution when setting up camp.

The trail was burned in the 2018 Crescent Mt. fire. In the first 7.8 miles, the intensity varied, allowing some brush to survive in places, while other areas have burned down to mineral soil.  The vegetation has come back, essentially hiding the trail in a 3ft – 6ft deep green canyon for long stretches – overall there are miles of this.  In the avalanche chutes, the aspen are returning, as brush.  After a dew or rain, a hiker will be soaked from the head down. In the section from 7.8 miles to 8.2 miles, the brush has grown back, making travel a bit more difficult.

Washington Pass Overlook

Trail is snow covered. (5/27/2022)

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

Condition Unknown at this Time

West Fork Methow
480

Trail is logged out and stock passable to about 1.5 miles in. (5/24/22)

Trail is logged out to Trout Creek, around 2 miles in. That area is in a burn so more logs may have fallen. This area has an abundance of lupine, Indian paintbrush, and other alpine flora in bloom. (5/26/22)

Trail has been cleared of downed wood approximately 2.5 miles. (5/24/2022)

Caution: Dead trees can fall at any time. Watch for rattlesnakes, especially if hiking with dogs.

Bridge has washed out at Trout Creek. Between Trout Creek and the intersection with the PCT, trail has not been consistently maintained and can be hard to follow in places. 

West Fork Pasayten
472

Condition Unknown at this Time

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

Condition Unknown at this Time

 

Williams Creek
407

Condition Unknown at this Time

Windy Creek
362

Condition Unknown at this Time

Windy Peak
342

Condition Unknown at this Time

Wolf Creek
527

The trail has been logged out and tread work done for 4 miles.  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. Most of the flowers that survived the fire at their prime.  Around the trailhead are lots of Yarrow.  The trail passes through pockets of Paintbrush, Larkspur, & Lupine from 0.1 mile to 0.9 mile, with some Columbine at 2.3 miles. (6/22/22)

The first five miles are logged and in good condition. (6/19/22)

Trail is logged out to about 2.5 miles in and some retread has been done. 

Trailhead facilities at Wolf Creek have not been repaired or replaced yet, due to Cedar Creek Fire in 2021