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CAMPFIRES: Campfires are allowed on all National Forest Land. Campfires need to have someone in attendance with a shovel and water to put out a fire.

11/2/18 Caution watch for ice on the roadways. Snow level 5500 feet elevation, with new snow predicted. 0 inches at Rainy Pass at 4800 feet elevation, 2 inches at Washington Pass at 5500 feet elevation, and 1 inch at Hart’s Pass at 6200 feet elevation.

During 2018 the Crescent Mountain Fire burned over most of the trails in the Lake Chelan/Sawtooth Wilderness in the Twisp River area and in 2017 the Diamond Creek Fire burned over many trails in the center of the Pasayten Wilderness (Map of the 2017 Diamond Creek Fire). The fire scars have affected many of the trails and it presents many objective hazards for travelers such as burnt out stump holes, unstable soil on inclined slopes and lots of precarious snags to name a few.  With that said, it is interesting to travel through the fire area and observe the impact.  Overland travel and travel on historically unmaintained trails is made easier because the brush is gone as are many of the down logs.  Users should plan their travels very carefully so as to spend as little time as possible in burned areas (especially during rain or wind events) and camp well away from snags and burned slopes.  The latter to reduce the exposure to possible debris flows. Visitors with livestock should also consider packing a saw (non-motorized in the Wilderness) so that they can cut their way out if needed.

Website Updated: 11/2/18

These reports are updated as reported from visitors and staff. They may not reflect the conditions you find in the field. Conditions can change very quickly in the National Forest.

***Dates within text reflect date update was given.


Trail Name and Number Current Status

Andrews Creek
504

OPEN

Conditions are becoming more wintery in the mountains, particularly at higher elevations, which have been seeing increased precipitation (snow, hail, and rain) and much cooler nights.  Wilderness visitors should be prepared with additional warm layers, food and stove fuel for the cooler temperatures. Snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted.

Trail has been cleared of downed trees to "Spanish Camp" (Junction with the Boundary Trail #533) Even though trail is logged out, it is still very rough to ride/hike due to heavy brush and rocky trail surface.

The area around Spanish Camp, Remmel Lake and Upper Cathedral Lake were part of the 2017 Diamond Creek Fire ( Map of the 2017 Diamond Creek Fire) and experienced a mosaic burn pattern, with some areas that were high severity burn, and other areas that were not burned. The atmosphere around Spanish Camp, Remmel Lake and Upper Cathedral Lake remain essentially the same as they were prior to the burn.  

The first 12 miles of this trail burned over in 2003 wildfire. Many snags along the trail could come down in windy weather, choose your campsite carefully. Anyone riding stock on this trail should bring a saw to cut their way out if trees come down on their exit trail while they are in the wilderness.

Bear Mountain
442

OPEN

Trail cleared of down trees in June.

Beaver Lake
356

OPEN

No current trail report available.  Area burned over in 2015 wildfire.

Blue Lake Trail
314

OPEN. Snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted.

Expect freezing temperatures and snow and icy conditions on the trail. Dress appropriately for the temperature and possible precipitation, we advise wearing high traction footwear and possibly micro spikes. 10/29/18

WARNING: Mountain goats may be in the area with their kids.  Please be aware that they are wild animals and will protect themselves and their kids if they feel threatened.  If a goat approaches you, slowly move away to keep a safe distance.  If the goat follows, chase it off by yelling, waving arms and clothing, or throwing rocks.  Goats love salt so urinate at least 50 yards from trail and lake.  Do not leave sweaty clothes/packs unattended (the goats will chew on these for their salt).  Keep dogs on a leash.

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. There is no car camping allowed at the trailhead. Car camping is only allowed within developed recreation campground sites along the North Cascades Scenic Highway 20. Nearby Lone Fir Campground and Klipchuck Campground are open.

Blue Buck Trail
421

OPEN

Trail has been cleared of down wood and is groomed for mountain biking. 8/7/18

Boundary Trail Irongate to Pasayten River
533

OPEN. Snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted.

Conditions are becoming more wintry in the mountains, particularly at higher elevations, which have been seeing increased precipitation (snow, hail, and rain) and much cooler nights.  Wilderness visitors should be prepared with additional warm layers, food and stove fuel for the cooler temperatures.  The leaves are turning on all of the trails, and there is a nice mix of yellow, orange, and red foliage.  The larches have started to change at the higher elevations. 9/21/18

The section of the Boundary Trail from Andrews Creek (#503) junction to Tungsten Creek (#534) junction has been cleared of downed trees and is stock passable. Trail to Remmel Lake (#494) and Lesamiz Trail (#565) have been cleared of downed trees. Boundary trail has been cleared about one mile west of the Spanish Camp junction (#504) 7/19/18.

Trail has burned over in 2006 near Irongate trailhead and 2017 in some areas between Lower Cathedral Lake and Quartz Lake.The Boundary trail from Ashnola River to Spanish Camp passes through sections of the fire scar but is not too badly damaged.

Boundary Trail Pasayten River to PCT
533

OPEN. Snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted.

Cleared of downed logs from Frosty Pass to junction with trail #482. 9/18/18

PCT hikers can expect plenty of signage on the reroute, including maps, written directions and orange arrows. Trail conditions on the Rock Creek Trail are slightly more rugged than the PCT but should improve with the increased traffic and continued work by trail crew. Water is available at several streams along the Rock Creek Trail but there are no campsites until Coney Basin, followed by Woody Pass. The Boundary Trail now has several new blowdowns within four miles of the Pasayten Airport and though passable with effort, is not recommended for stock use. There are no problematic fords or bridges and bugs are not an issue, though hikers should be prepared for colder temperatures at night. 9/6/18

Burch Mountain
538

OPEN

Trail is IMPASSABLE TO STOCK due to 2017 wildfire.

Buckskin Ridge
498

OPEN. Snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted.

Buckskin Ridge to junction with Whistler #575- Trail had snow drifts on initial switchbacks up to 1 foot deep. 10/3/18

Trail #498 to Whistler Cutoff, Whistler Cutoff, and trail #478 to Robinson Pass is clear and easy to follow.  Trail #478A is easy to follow but has not been brushed out.  Temperatures dropped to the 30's during the morning and evenings and heavy snow from 6,000ft and above. 9/16/18

PCT hikers can expect plenty of signage on the reroute, including maps, written directions and orange arrows. Trail conditions on the Rock Creek Trail are slightly more rugged than the PCT but should improve with the increased traffic and continued work by trail crew. Water is available at several streams along the Rock Creek Trail but there are no campsites until Coney Basin, followed by Woody Pass. The Boundary Trail now has several new blowdowns within four miles of the Pasayten Airport and though passable with effort, is not recommended for stock use. There are no problematic fords or bridges and bugs are not an issue, though hikers should be prepared for colder temperatures at night. 9/6/18

Trail washed out near Slate Peak for about 150 ft.-proceed with caution.  There are 203 trees down on the trail making the trail IMPASSABLE TO STOCK. 7/18/18

Cady Pass
475

OPEN but unmaintained.

Castle Pass
749

OPEN but has not been cleared of down trees or maintained since 2004. There are many, many down trees covering the trail below Big Face Creek.

Cedar Creek Trail
476

CLOSED from the wilderness boundary to the junction with trail #413. 10/2/18

This trail is forested with Cedar Creek Waterfalls below the trail, at 1.75 miles.   

Chancellor/Canyon Creek Trail
754 CFR Trail Closures

CLOSED DUE TO A 2018 WILDFIRE IN THE AREA  from Holman Pass to the Pasayten Wilderness Boundary (8/18/18)

2011 CLOSURE BY CFR to horses beyond Boulder Creek (trail too narrow for horses to turn around).  CLOSED to hikers beyond Mill Creek as trail is falling off into the creek.

Chewuch
510

OPEN

Conditions are becoming more wintry in the mountains, particularly at higher elevations, which have been seeing increased precipitation, snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted. Wilderness visitors should be prepared with additional warm layers, food and stove fuel for the cooler temperatures. 

Although Cathedral Driveway (#510A) has been logged out this year, more trees have fallen (between 3”-11” diameter).   Chewuch Trail #510  is impassable to stock north of the junction with Tungsten Creek Trail #534. Trail beyond that junction has not been cleared of down trees in 2018 so trail has many, many down trees blocking stock and difficult for hikers. First 5 miles of trail burned over in 2001 fire and northern portion of the trail burned over in 2017 fire. Trees come down frequently after fires, stock users should bring non-motorized saws (often needed to return home (9/19/18).

The Chewuch/30 Mile (#5160-250) Road is CLOSED to vehicles just beyond Andrews Creek Tralhead. The road washed out just before the 30 Mile Memorial area about 2 miles south of 30-Mile Trailhead and will remain closed to motorized vehicles until it can be repaired. 

Coleman Ridge
505

OPEN

Conditions are becoming more wintry in the mountains, particularly at higher elevations, which have been seeing increased precipitation, snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted. Wilderness visitors should be prepared with additional warm layers, food and stove fuel for the cooler temperatures.  Trail 505 from Andrews Creek Trail 504, to Meadow Lake is stock passable to the lake, though the trail is difficult due to steep, loose tread; additionally, there are sections of trail with blowdowns that pose a challenge to negotiate with stock. 9/21/18

Trail is nearly impossible to follow from 0.8 miles north of Meadow Lake to #561 junction.-8/1/18

Cooney Lake
434

OPEN. Trail cleared of down trees. Crater Creek Trailhead has reopened.

Copper Glance
519

CLOSED DUE TO A WILDFIRE IN THE AREA 10/2/18 

Copper Pass
426

CLOSED DUE TO A WILDFIRE IN THE AREA 10/2/18

Crater Creek Trail
416

OPEN

Entire trail is cleared of downed trees-7/2/18. Crater Creek Trailhead has reopened.

Crater Mountain
746

OPEN

Conditions are becoming more wintry in the mountains, particularly at higher elevations, which have been seeing increased precipitation, snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted. Wilderness visitors should be prepared with additional warm layers, food and stove fuel for the cooler temperatures.  Some of the reliable water sources are dry.  Don’t expect all the usual creeks to have water for you.
The last section of the trail to the West summit of Crater mtn is steep and technical!  There are two sections of 4th class scramble, each about 100’, with lots of loose rock.  I’d bring a helmet. 9/6/18

Cutthroat Creek
483

OPEN

 

Conditions are becoming more wintry in the mountains, particularly at higher elevations, which have been seeing increased precipitation, snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted. Wilderness visitors should be prepared with additional warm layers, food and stove fuel for the cooler temperatures. . Trail is in good condition. 10/8/18

 

WARNING: Mountain goats may be in the area with their kids.  Please be aware that they are wild animals and will protect themselves and their kids if they feel threatened.  If a goat approaches you, slowly move away to keep a safe distance.  If the goat follows, chase it off by yelling, waving arms and clothing, or throwing rocks.  Goats love salt so urinate at least 50 yards from trail and lake.  Do not leave sweaty clothes/packs unattended (the goats will chew on these for their salt).  Keep dogs on a leash.

 

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 is open. Highway 20 is still open. 7/29/18

Crystal Lake
517

OPEN

Conditions are becoming more wintry in the mountains, particularly at higher elevations, which have been seeing increased precipitation, snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted. Wilderness visitors should be prepared with additional warm layers, food and stove fuel for the cooler temperatures. 

Crystal Lake Trail is stock passable to the wilderness boundary but has not been logged out beyond the wilderness boundary in some time.  Travel beyond the wilderness boundary is challenging in sections and requires route-finding.  Parts of the trail have been washed out, making the trail tread difficult to follow.  The trail travels through burn to Crystal Lake, and is exposed with loose, sandy tread for much of the way.  Hikers experienced and comfortable with route-finding and off-trail navigation will appreciate the solitude that the trail offers.  There are opportunities for wildlife sightings in this area – moose are present in the burn approaching the lake, and a sow and cub black bear frequent Crystal Lake.  There are still some bugs present at Crystal Lake, but their numbers will likely decrease in the coming cold front.  Water sources are plentiful along the trail.

From Crystal Lake, hikers may choose to scramble to Kidney Lake, an unnamed tarn, and Halfmoon Lake, but this requires comfort and experience with off-trail navigation and scrambling in talus and loose slopes.  Campsites at Halfmoon Lake are mostly surrounded by dead trees so care should be taken in selecting a campsite. 9/7/18

Dean Creek Trail
456

OPEN

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

Devils Ridge Trail
752

OPEN from North Cascades National Park to junction with Trail #754. Conditions are becoming more wintry in the mountains, particularly at higher elevations, which have been seeing increased precipitation, snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted. Wilderness visitors should be prepared with additional warm layers, food and stove fuel for the cooler temperatures. Trail impassable for stock.

CLOSED DUE TO A WILDFIRE IN THE AREA from Devil's Pass to the junction with Trail #754 (8/31/18)

Diamond Jack
514

OPEN.

Trail has not been maintained or cleared of down trees since 2017 wildfire, impassable for stock.

Conditions are becoming more wintery in the mountains, particularly at higher elevations, which have been seeing increased precipitation, snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted. Wilderness visitors should be prepared with additional warm layers, food and stove fuel for the cooler temperatures. 

Dollar Watch  #451

OPEN.

Trail has not been maintained or cleared of down trees since 2017 wildfire, impassable for stock.

Conditions are becoming more wintery in the mountains, particularly at higher elevations, which have been seeing increased precipitation, snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted. Wilderness visitors should be prepared with additional warm layers, food and stove fuel for the cooler temperatures. 

Drake Creek
502A

OPEN

Trail is IMPASSABLE TO STOCK due to 2017 wildfire.

Driveway Butte Trail
481

OPEN

Trail has one log down across trail (blocking horses) with many down trees across the trail in the burn area. Burn area is brushy. -5/22/18.

Trail has great views of the surrounding mountains up the Varden Creek valley to Silver Star Mountain.

Eagle Creek
410

CLOSED DUE TO A WILDFIRE IN THE AREA 10/2/18 

Eagle Lakes
431

OPEN. Crater Creek Trailhead re-opened on 10/31/18.

Conditions are becoming more wintery in the mountains, particularly at higher elevations, which have been seeing increased precipitation, snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted. Wilderness visitors should be prepared with additional warm layers, food and stove fuel for the cooler temperatures. 

Entire trail is cleared of downed trees-7/2/18.

Early Winters Trail
522

OPEN

Trail has down trees across trail. No current trail report available.

East Creek
756

OPEN. Bridge is gone and trail has not been cleared of down trees.

Conditions are becoming more wintery in the mountains, particularly at higher elevations, which have been seeing increased precipitation, snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted. Wilderness visitors should be prepared with additional warm layers, food and stove fuel for the cooler temperatures. 

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.

East Fork Buttermilk
420

CLOSED DUE TO A WILDFIRE IN THE AREA  10/2/18

East Fork Pasayten
451

OPEN.

Trail is IMPASSABLE TO STOCK and difficult for hikers. due to 2017 wildfire.

Conditions are becoming more wintery in the mountains, particularly at higher elevations, which have been seeing increased precipitation, snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted. Wilderness visitors should be prepared with additional warm layers, food and stove fuel for the cooler temperatures. 

Easy Pass
741

OPEN.

Conditions are becoming more wintery in the mountains, particularly at higher elevations, which have been seeing increased precipitation, snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted. Wilderness visitors should be prepared with additional warm layers, food and stove fuel for the cooler temperatures. 

The trail is in good condition with great views at Easy Pass. 10/13/18

Fall has arrived at Easy Pass and has brought cool, moist air to the area.  The trail is wet in sections from the recent rain, making many of the rocky sections of trail quite slick for travel. White-breasted nuthatches were present in impressive numbers at the pass.  There is a trail camera (deployed by Cascade Carnivore Project field personnel) near the park boundary with a small sign describing the project/its purpose. 9/8/18

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 is open. Highway 20 is still open.

Falls Creek Falls

OPEN

Very short paved trail to beautiful waterfalls is wheelchair passable.

Falls Creek Trail
518

OPEN. Trail has not been maintained or cleared of down trees since 2017 wildfire, impassable for stock.  

Ferguson Lake
474A

OPEN.

Conditions are becoming more wintery in the mountains, particularly at higher elevations, which have been seeing increased precipitation, snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted. Wilderness visitors should be prepared with additional warm layers, food and stove fuel for the cooler temperatures. 

Trails to Ferguson and Fred’s lake are steep and rocky in areas and may be difficult for stock.

Fire Creek
561

OPEN.

Conditions are becoming more wintery in the mountains, particularly at higher elevations, which have been seeing increased precipitation, snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted. Wilderness visitors should be prepared with additional warm layers, food and stove fuel for the cooler temperatures. 

Fire Creek Trail has 750 logs down on trail and has not been maintained since 2003. Vic Meadow #561A is very difficult to follow. Trail is IMPASSABLE TO STOCK.-8/1/18

Foggy Dew Creek Trail Section 1
417

OPEN

Conditions are becoming more wintery in the mountains, particularly at higher elevations, which have been seeing increased precipitation, snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted. Wilderness visitors should be prepared with additional warm layers, food and stove fuel for the cooler temperatures. 

Entire trail was cleared of downed trees. 7/2/18

Foggy Dew Creek Trail Section 2
417A

OPEN

Conditions are becoming more wintery in the mountains, particularly at higher elevations, which have been seeing increased precipitation, snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted. Wilderness visitors should be prepared with additional warm layers, food and stove fuel for the cooler temperatures. 

The trail section between the junction of #424 and #417 and the junction of #417 and #417B has steep rocky sections that are challenging for stock. Advanced riders with mountain horses only. There is a new motorcycle parking area installed at the junction of #429 and #417.

Foggy Dew Ridge Trail

438

OPEN

The Foggy Dew Ridge trail has 120 logs over it and is IMPASSABLE TO STOCK, mountain bikes, and motorcycles.  Hikers will have difficulty with the logs and in precisely locating the trail in the meadow areas. 9/29/18

Fred's Lake Trail   474

OPEN.

Conditions are becoming more wintery in the mountains, particularly at higher elevations, which have been seeing increased precipitation, snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted. Wilderness visitors should be prepared with additional warm layers, food and stove fuel for the cooler temperatures. 

Trail to Fred’s lake are steep and rocky in areas and may be difficult for stock.

Goat Peak Trail
509

OPEN 10/2/18

Hidden Lakes
477

OPEN  

Conditions are becoming more wintery in the mountains, particularly at higher elevations, which have been seeing increased precipitation, snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted. Wilderness visitors should be prepared with additional warm layers, food and stove fuel for the cooler temperatures. 

Trail has not been maintained or cleared of down trees since the 2017 wildfire and  is IMPASSABLE TO STOCK.

Holman Creek
472A

CLOSED DUE TO A WILDFIRE IN THE AREA

Jackita Ridge
738

OPEN

Conditions are becoming more wintery in the mountains, particularly at higher elevations, which have been seeing increased precipitation, snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted. Wilderness visitors should be prepared with additional warm layers, food and stove fuel for the cooler temperatures. 

Larch Creek/Billy Goat Pass
502

OPEN  

Conditions are becoming more wintery in the mountains, particularly at higher elevations, which have been seeing increased precipitation, snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted. Wilderness visitors should be prepared with additional warm layers, food and stove fuel for the cooler temperatures. 

Trail has not been maintained or cleared of down trees since the 2017 wildfire and  is IMPASSABLE TO STOCK.

Lake Ann/Maple Pass Loop Trail
740

OPEN

Larches are spectacular here.  Snow was accumulating between Heather and Maple passes – trail is slippery in sections (light traction, such as yaktraks, can be helpful here).  Trail and trailhead are seeing heavy use.  Visitors should park in designated spaces at the trailhead and be mindful to not block traffic.10/5/18

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 is open. Highway 20 is still open. 7/29/18

Lake Creek Trail
500

 

OPEN

 

Trail is snow-free.  There are 3 blowdowns between the trailhead and lake that would be difficult for stock to bypass.  Leaves are turning along the trail, and there is a beautiful variety of red, yellow, and orange. 10/13/18

 

Trail travels through old burn and therefore exposed to the heat of the sun, soil erosion has also made the trail very sandy and brushy in sections reaching 4 to 6 feet in height. Bugs are minimal to typical. Flowers are blooming but past peak season and huckleberries are plentiful. Camp sites exist on the eastern side and north end of the lake.-8/8/18

Trail cleared of down trees 4 miles to Black Lake. Brush was cleared from trail for 2 miles before lake.-5/24/18. 

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.

Leecher Look-out Trail

OPEN.

Trail clear to look out-7/11/18. 

Libby Creek
415

CLOSED DUE TO A WILDFIRE IN THE AREA  10/2/18

Lightning Creek
425

OPEN

No current trail report available.

Lookout Mountain Trail
412

OPEN

Road accessing trailhead is CLOSED aprox. 1.5 miles from the trailhead due to seasonal closure for non-motorized hunting and deer winter range Oct. 1-March 31

Lone Fir
535

Trail has not been cleared for several years, impassable for wheelchairs. 7/12/18

Louis Lake 
428

CLOSED DUE TO A WILDFIRE IN THE AREA  10/2/18

Martin Creek
429

Trail re-opened on 9/14/18.

Entire trail is cleared of downed trees-7/2/18. Cutthroat Trout in the Martin Lake.

OPEN  

Conditions are becoming more wintery in the mountains, particularly at higher elevations, which have been seeing increased precipitation, snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted. Wilderness visitors should be prepared with additional warm layers, food and stove fuel for the cooler temperatures. 

  All fords are stock passable to the junction with the Merchant's Basin Trail.  The bridge near lower Martin Lake to the horse camp is not passable to stock but can be bypassed through the surrounding bog.  There is a new motorcycle parking area at the junction with the trail that follows Martin Creek. 

McCall Gulch
548

OPEN  

Conditions are becoming more wintery in the mountains, particularly at higher elevations, which have been seeing increased precipitation, snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted. Wilderness visitors should be prepared with additional warm layers, food and stove fuel for the cooler temperatures. 

Trail has not been maintained or cleared of down trees since the 2017 wildfire and  is IMPASSABLE TO STOCK.

Middle Fork Beaver Creek
406

OPEN

Trail has been cleared and groomed for mountain bike riding.-8/7/18

Monument Creek Trail
484

CLOSED DUE TO A WILDFIRE IN THE AREA 10/2/18 

North Fork 20 Mile Trail
560

OPEN

Lots of logs over the trail, a minor issue for hikers but not recommended for stock. Trail is brushy.-6/6/18.

North Creek
413

CLOSED DUE TO A WILDFIRE IN THE AREA  10/2/18

Oval Lakes
410A

CLOSED DUE TO A WILDFIRE IN THE AREA  10/2/18

Pacific Crest Trail (Bridge Creek to Stehekin)
2000

OPEN

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.  At this time Highway 20 is open. 7/29/18.

Pacific Crest Trail (Hwy 20 to Harts Pass)
2000

OPEN

Conditions are becoming more wintery in the mountains, particularly at higher elevations, which have been seeing increased precipitation, snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted. Wilderness visitors should be prepared with additional warm layers, food and stove fuel for the cooler temperatures.

The trail is log-free and stock passable, (caution: trail is very, very narrow for stock between Cuttroat Pass and Methow Pass) there are some narrow sections of trail through scree near Snowy Lakes that would pose a challenge for stock.  There are mountain goats in the Tatie Peak area.

Water sources are scarce along some stretches of trail.  There is little to no water available between Cutthroat Pass and Snowy Lakes, between Brush Creek and Glacier Pass, between Glacier Pass and Tatie Peak, between Tatie Peak and Harts Pass, between Harts Pass and just south of Tamarack Peak, between Foggy Pass and just north of Devils Staircase, and between Goat Lakes and just north of Woody Pass.  Hikers should plan accordingly when passing through these areas.-8/15/18

 

Pacific Crest Trail (Hart’s Pass to Canada)

2000

TRAIL CLOSED from Hart's Pass PCT North Trailhead to Woody Pass at the junction with Rock Creek Trail #473, DUE TO A WILDFIRE NEAR HOLMAN PASS. (8/31/18)

*REROUTE: Go North on the Middle Fork of the Pasayten  River #478 then go West on Rock Creek Trail #473 to connect with the Pacific Crest Trail.  Stock users should use caution as there are some narrow sections of trail through scree near Rock Pass and north of Woody Pass that can pose a challenge for stock.

PCT hikers can expect plenty of signage on the reroute, including maps, written directions and orange arrows. Trail conditions on the Rock Creek Trail are slightly more rugged than the PCT but should improve with the increased traffic and continued work by trail crew. Water is available at several streams along the Rock Creek Trail but there are no campsites until Coney Basin, followed by Woody Pass. The Boundary Trail now has several new blowdowns within four miles of the Pasayten Airport and though passable with effort, is not recommended for stock use. There are no problematic fords or bridges and bugs are not an issue, though hikers should be prepared for colder temperatures at night. 9/6/18

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.

Conditions are becoming more wintery in the mountains, particularly at higher elevations, which have been seeing increased precipitation, snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted. Wilderness visitors should be prepared with additional warm layers, food and stove fuel for the cooler temperatures.

Park  Pass
506

OPEN

Conditions are becoming more wintery in the mountains, particularly at higher elevations, which have been seeing increased precipitation, snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted. Wilderness visitors should be prepared with additional warm layers, food and stove fuel for the cooler temperatures 

Trail not cleared for many years and is IMPASSABLE TO STOCK.

Pearrygin Peak
526

OPEN

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

Peepsight
525 & 525A

OPEN

Conditions are becoming more wintery in the mountains, particularly at higher elevations, which have been seeing increased precipitation (snow, hail, and rain) and much cooler nights.  Wilderness visitors should be prepared with additional warm layers, food and stove fuel for the cooler temperatures.  The leaves are turning on all of the trails, and there is a nice mix of yellow, orange, and red foliage.  The larches have started to change at the higher elevations in the Peepsight Lake area.Trails 525 & 525A are difficult to follow at times – users on these trails should be comfortable with route-finding and off-trail navigation.  Trail 525 is stock passable from the southern junction with the Andrews Creek Trail to ~1 mile before the junction with Trail 525A.  Trail 525 is stock passable from the northern junction with the Andrews Creek Trail to ~1.25 miles from Rock Lake.   9/1/18

Peepsight trail has been mostly cleared out but can be difficult to follow in a couple of spots and there are a few boggy areas that could be difficult for stock. A handful of logs need to be cut out for the trail to be passable to stock (1’-1.5’ diameter). The trail is difficult to follow over Crazy Man Pass.-7/18/18

Trail has been cleared of downed trees from junction with Andrews Creek junction and Peepsite Pass. The trail from Peepsite Pass to Peepsite Lake is very steep and not recommended for stock.-7/4/18

Rainy Lake Trail
310

OPEN

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 is open. Highway 20 is still open. 7/29/18

Reynolds Creek
402

CLOSED DUE TO A WILDFIRE IN THE AREA  10/2/18

Robinson Creek 
478

OPEN. Conditions are becoming more wintery in the mountains, particularly at higher elevations, which have been seeing increased precipitation, snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted. Wilderness visitors should be prepared with additional warm layers, food and stove fuel for the cooler temperatures.

Trail #498 to Whistler Cutoff, Whistler Cutoff, and trail #478 to Robinson Pass are clear and easy to follow.  Trail #478A is easy to follow but has not been brushed out. 

PCT hikers can expect plenty of signage on the reroute, including maps, written directions and orange arrows. Trail conditions on the Rock Creek Trail are slightly more rugged than the PCT but should improve with the increased traffic and continued work by trail crew. Water is available at several streams along the Rock Creek Trail but there are no campsites until Coney Basin, followed by Woody Pass. The Boundary Trail now has several new blowdowns within four miles of the Pasayten Airport and though passable with effort, is not recommended for stock use. There are no problematic fords or bridges and bugs are not an issue, though hikers should be prepared for colder temperatures at night. 9/6/18

Robinson Creek Trail is also called "Middle Fork Pasayten River Trail" north of Robinson Pass. This trail  is logged out and passable to stock to the junction of Buckskin Ridge Trail #498.  From the ford near Buckskin Ridge trail junction to the Tatoosh Buttes trail junction there are 71 downed trees making it IMPASSABLE TO STOCK. 7/18/18

Rock Creek
473

OPEN. Conditions are becoming more wintery in the mountains, particularly at higher elevations, which have been seeing increased precipitation, snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted. Wilderness visitors should be prepared with additional warm layers, food and stove fuel for the cooler temperatures

PCT hikers can expect plenty of signage on the reroute, including maps, written directions and orange arrows. Trail conditions on the Rock Creek Trail are slightly more rugged than the PCT but should improve with the increased traffic and continued work by trail crew. Water is available at several streams along the Rock Creek Trail but there are no campsites until Coney Basin, followed by Woody Pass. The Boundary Trail now has several new blowdowns within four miles of the Pasayten Airport and though passable with effort, is not recommended for stock use. There are no problematic fords or bridges and bugs are not an issue, though hikers should be prepared for colder temperatures at night. 9/6/18

Cleared of down trees to Woody Pass and PCT. 9/18/18

Scatter Creek
427

CLOSED DUE TO A WILDFIRE IN THE AREA  10/2/18

Sheep Creek
547

OPEN

Slate Creek
414

OPEN

South Creek Trail
401

CLOSED DUE TO A WILDFIRE IN THE AREA  10/2/18

Spanish Creek
503

OPEN. Conditions are becoming more wintery in the mountains, particularly at higher elevations, which have been seeing increased precipitation, snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted. Wilderness visitors should be prepared with additional warm layers, food and stove fuel for the cooler temperatures

This trail has not been maintained for many years and is IMPASSABLE TO STOCK-07 04 18.

This trail was burned over in 2017. Map of the 2017 Diamond Creek Fire

Stub Creek/Deception Pass
458

 OPEN.

Conditions are becoming more wintery in the mountains, particularly at higher elevations, which have been seeing increased precipitation, snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted. Wilderness visitors should be prepared with additional warm layers, food and stove fuel for the cooler temperatures. 

Trail has not been maintained or cleared of down trees since 2017 wildfire, impassable for stock.

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Sunrise Lake
417.2

OPEN

Summit Trail from Horsethief Basin to Hoodoo Pass – all in excellent shape, no downed trees and passable to motorbikes and mountain bikes (where allowed).  Peak larch, beautiful fall colors, good water sources along the route. Angel Staircase to Merchant Basin – Good shape, no downed trees, good fall color. Night time temps were below freezing.  Be prepared with extra layers and fuel for hot drinks! 10/8/18

Tatoosh Buttes
485

OPEN

Conditions are becoming more wintery in the mountains, particularly at higher elevations, which have been seeing increased precipitation, snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted. Wilderness visitors should be prepared with additional warm layers, food and stove fuel for the cooler temperatures.

Washout near  Robinson Creek Trail (Middle Fork of the Pasayten) #478 continues to prevent stock travel.  The old burn in the valley west of Tatoosh Buttes continues to disrupt projection of trail on map.  There are 113 downed trees making trail IMPASSABLE TO STOCK.  Sign at junction of Lease Lake trail and Tatoosh Buttes Trail is missing. 7/18/18

Tungsten
534

OPEN

Conditions are becoming more wintery in the mountains, particularly at higher elevations, which have been seeing increased precipitation, snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted. Wilderness visitors should be prepared with additional warm layers, food and stove fuel for the cooler temperatures.

IMPASSABLE TO STOCK due to many, many down trees on the trail.

No current trail report available. Trail has not been cleared of down trees in 2018 making the trail IMPASSABLE TO STOCK.

Twisp Pass Trail
432

CLOSED DUE TO A WILDFIRE IN THE AREA  10/2/18

Twisp River Trail
440

CLOSED DUE TO A WILDFIRE IN THE AREA  10/2/18

War Creek
408

CLOSED DUE TO A WILDFIRE IN THE AREA  10/2/18

Washington Pass Overlook

OPEN

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. Highway 20 is still open. 7/29/18

West Fork Buttermilk
411

CLOSED DUE TO A WILDFIRE IN THE AREA  10/2/18

West Fork Methow Trail
480

OPEN

This trail is IMPASSABLE TO 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). 

West Fork Pasayten
472

CLOSED DUE TO A WILDFIRE IN THE AREA. This trail has not been cleared of down trees for many years, so it has many, many, many down trees on trail.

Whistler Cutoff
575

OPEN

Trail #498 to Whistler Cutoff, Whistler Cutoff, and trail #478 to Robinson Pass is clear and easy to follow.  Trail #478A is easy to follow but has not been brushed out.  Temperatures dropped to the 30's during the morning and evenings and heavy snow from 6,000ft and above. 9/16/18

PCT hikers can expect plenty of signage on the reroute, including maps, written directions and orange arrows. Trail conditions on the Rock Creek Trail are slightly more rugged than the PCT but should improve with the increased traffic and continued work by trail crew. Water is available at several streams along the Rock Creek Trail but there are no campsites until Coney Basin, followed by Woody Pass. The Boundary Trail now has several new blowdowns within four miles of the Pasayten Airport and though passable with effort, is not recommended for stock use. There are no problematic fords or bridges and bugs are not an issue, though hikers should be prepared for colder temperatures at night. 9/6/18

Conditions are becoming more wintery in the mountains, particularly at higher elevations, which have been seeing increased precipitation, snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted. Wilderness visitors should be prepared with additional warm layers, food and stove fuel for the cooler temperatures. 11/2/18

Williams Creek
407

CLOSED DUE TO A WILDFIRE IN THE AREA  10/2/18

Wolf Creek Trail

527

OPEN

Conditions are becoming more wintery in the mountains, particularly at higher elevations, which have been seeing increased precipitation, snow level is 5500 feet elevation with new snow predicted. Wilderness visitors should be prepared with additional warm layers, food and stove fuel for the cooler temperatures.

Cleared of down trees.





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