Wenatchee River Ranger District, Trails

Trails on the Wenatchee River Ranger District are experiencing the end result of avalanche conditions due to the heavy snow pack we have encountered this past season.  Expect downed trees and debris to prevail throughout the forest and plan accordingly when traveling in the backcountry.  Our trail crews are working hard to address these issues. Please use common sense when traveling on FS roads, and as always, know before you go.

 

Mission Creek / Devils Gulch Area
Devils Spur
#1203
No information at this time 5/5/22
Devils Gulch
#1220

No information at this time

5/5/22
Mission Ridge
#1201
No information at this time 5/5/22
Sand Creek    
Red Devil
#1221
No information at this time

 

5/5/22
Red Hill
#1223

No information at this time

Seasonal motorized closure until June 15

5/5/22

Red Hill Spur
#1223.1
No information at this time 5/5/22
     
Highway 97 / Blewett Pass Area
Tronsen Ridge
#1204

No information at this time

Seasonal motorized closure until June 15

5/5/22
Tronsen Meadow
#1205

No information at this time

Seasonal motorized closure until June 15

5/5/22
Ingalls Creek
#1215
Snow free first 3 miles, then patchy snow 5/16/22
Fourth Creek
#1218
No information at this time 5/5/22
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Lake Wenatchee Area
Dirty Face
#1500
No information at this time

5/5/22

Hidden Lake
#1510
No information at this time 5/5/22
Round Mountain
#1529

No information at this time

5/5/22
Nason Ridge 
#1583
No information at this time 5/5/22
    5/5/22
Little Wenatchee River Area
Cady Creek
#1501
No information at this time 5/5/22
Cady Ridge
#1532
No information at this time 5/5/22
Top Lake  
#1506
No information at this time 5/5/22
Poe Mountain
#1520
No information at this time 5/5/22
Lake Minotaur
#1517
No information at this time

5/5/22

Little Wenatchee
#1525
No information at this time 5/5/22
Heather Lake
#1526

No information at this time

5/5/22
Little Wenatchee Ridge
#1543
No information at this time 5/5/22
Irving Pass
#1545
No information at this time

5/5/22

     
White River Area
Indian Creek
#1502

No information at this time

5/5/22
Twin Lakes
#1503
No information at this time 5/5/22
White River
#1507

No information at this time

Trail not maintained / impassable beyond Boulder Pass Junction. Access to the Pacific Crest Trail is possible via the Indian Creek Trail #1502.  

5/5/22
Mount David
#1521
No information at this time 5/5/22
Boulder Creek / Pass
#1562

No information at this time

5/5/22
     
Chiwawa River Area
Carne Mountain
#1508

No information at this time

Road to trailhead extremely rough, not recommended for low clearance vehicles.

5/5/22
Rock Creek
#1509

No information at this time

5/5/22
Rock Creek Tie
#1538
No information at this time 5/5/22

Phelps Creek 

#1511

No information at this time

Stock travel: NO turn around at trailhead

If camping please use previously impacted sites and do NOT camp on vegetation in the fragile meadows.  

Road to trailhead extremely rough, not recommended for low clearance vehicles.

5/5/22
Buck Creek
#1513

No information at this time

Use with caution when hiking through the burn area especially when windy. 

Bridge collapsed over Chiwawa River but there is one 16" wide log left to cross on. Also a ford below the bridge when water levels go down in August. 

5/5/22
Basalt Ridge
#1515

No information at this time

5/5/22
Little Giant
#1518

No information at this time

Rough treacherous hiker trail. Narrow tread, but trail is clearly visable entire way up.

5/5/22
Schaefer Lake
#1519

No information at this time

Use CAUTION when crossing the Chiwawa river at the log crossing or fording river at the begining of the trail.

5/5/22
Alder Ridge ORV
#1523

CLOSED to wheeled travel and pack and saddle stock until posted open, usually in mid July.

This trail has a seasonal closure to horses, motorbikes and mountain bikes mid-October through mid-July

5/5/22

Minnow Ridge ORV
#1524
No information at this time
5/5/22
Estes Butte
#1527 

No information at this time

5/5/22
Basalt Pass
#1530
No information at this time
5/5/22
Chikamin Creek ORV
#1534

No information at this time

5/5/22

Minnow Creek
#1539

No information at this time

5/5/22
Lower Chiwawa ORV
#1548

No information at this time

5/5/22

Chiwawa River
#1550

No information at this time

5/5/22
Chikamin Tie ORV
#1561

CLOSED to wheeled travel and pack and saddle stock.

This trail has a seasonal closure to horses, motorbikes and mountain bikes mid-October through mid-July

5/5/22

     
Highway 2 / Stevens Pass / Smithbrook Area
Snowy Creek
#1531
No information at this time

5/5/22

Chiwaukum Creek
#1571
No information at this time 5/5/22
Index Creek
#1572
No information at this time 5/5/22
Painter Creek
#1575
Has not been maintained in years, almost nonexistent trail. Not recomended for travel. If you are bold enough to try it, map and compass is a must! 5/5/22
Badlands  
#1576
No information at this time 5/5/22
Hatchery Creek
#1577

No information at this time

5/5/22
Whitepine Creek
#1582

No information at this time

5/5/22
Lake Ethel
#1585
No information at this time 5/5/22
Rock Mountain
#1587
No information at this time 5/5/22
Merritt Lake
#1588
No information at this time 5/5/22
Lanham Lake
#1589

No information at this time

5/5/22
Smithbrook
#1590
No information at this time 5/5/22
No. Fork Chiwaukum Cr.
#1591
No information at this time 5/5/22
Wildhorse Creek
#1592
No information at this time 5/5/22
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)
North from Stevens Pass

#2000
No information at this time 5/5/22
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)
South from Stevens Pass

#2000

No information at this time

5/5/22

     
Icicle Creek / Enchantments Area
Icicle Creek
#1551

No information at this time

WARNING: The bridge over French Creek 1.5 miles up Icicle Creek Trail #1551 is broken due to damage from heavy winter snowpack and is unsafe to cross. There is no way to ford the creek due to high water. No access to French Creek Trail #1595 or beyond bridge on Icicle Creek Trail. It is not known when bridge will be replaced. See Photos of Bridge

Also, the bridge over Icicle Creek at 5 mile point is broken and not usable. There is no way to ford the creek during high water.

5/5/22
Eightmile Lake
#1552

No information at this time

The gate on Road #7601 near junction with Icicle Road is closed and locked for the season. The road accesses Eightmile and Colchuck/Stuart trailheads. The road is closed to vehicles every winter to protect the roadbed from damage and prevent hazardous travel on the steep exposed snow covered road. Gate will reopen Spring of 2022 once road melts out from winter snowpack. (Gate will be opened as conditions warrent, website will be updated accordingly. Currently snow free to TH)

5/16/22
Snow Creek / Snow Lakes
#1553

No information at this time

Trail users should anticipate the potential for 15-30 minute construction delays from the Icicle Creek bridge through the first ¼ mile of trail during September – October 2021 and March – April 2022. More Information

Multiple Bear sightings have been reported in the Nada Lake and Snow Lake areas. If camping in the area, be Bear-Wise and practice proper food storage.

5/5/22
Eightmile-Trout Creek
#1554

No information at this time

The gate on Road #7601 near junction with Icicle Road is closed and locked for the season. The road accesses Eightmile and Colchuck/Stuart trailheads. The road is closed to vehicles every winter to protect the roadbed from damage and prevent hazardous travel on the steep exposed snow covered road. Gate will reopen Spring of 2022 once road melts out from winter snowpack. (Gate will be opened as conditions warrent, website will be updated accordingly.  Currently snow free to the TH)

5/16/22
Trout Creek
#1555
No information at this time 5/5/22
Jack Creek
#1558

No information at this time

From the Meadow creek junction to Van Epps there is significant fire damage and patches of lost trail.

 

 

5/5/22

 

Blackjack Ridge
#1565
No information at this time 5/5/22
Icicle Ridge
#1570

Snow free and logged out for first 3 miles

5/5/22
Fourth of July Creek
#1579
No information at this time

5/5/22

Chain Lakes
#1569
No information at this time 5/5/22
Chatter Creek
#1580
No information at this time 5/5/22
French Creek
#1595

No information at this time

WARNING: The bridge over French Creek 1.5 miles up Icicle Creek Trail #1551 is broken due to damage from heavy winter snowpack and is unsafe to cross. There is no way to ford the creek due to high water. No access to French Creek Trail #1595 or beyond bridge on Icicle Creek Trail. It is not known when bridge will be replaced. See Photos of Bridge

5/5/22
Icicle Gorge
#1596

No trail information at this time

Road is open to trailhead.

5/5/22
Stuart Lake
#1599
No information at this time

The gate on Road #7601 near junction with Icicle Road is closed and locked for the season. The road accesses Eightmile and Colchuck/Stuart trailheads. The road is closed to vehicles every winter to protect the roadbed from damage and prevent hazardous travel on the steep exposed snow covered road. Gate will reopen Spring of 2022 once road melts out from winter snowpack. (Gate will be opened as conditions warrent, website will be updated accordingly.)

5/16/22
Colchuck Lake
#1599A
No information at this time

The gate on Road #7601 near junction with Icicle Road is closed and locked for the season. The road accesses Eightmile and Colchuck/Stuart trailheads. The road is closed to vehicles every winter to protect the roadbed from damage and prevent hazardous travel on the steep exposed snow covered road. Gate will reopen Spring of 2022 once road melts out from winter snowpack. (Gate will be opened as conditions warrent, website will be updated accordingly.)

Toilets at Colchuck and at junction are dug out. Log free to junction.

5/16/22

Aasgard Pass

No information at this time

Aasgard Pass WARNING!
See Photo and Info about safe route up Aasgard Pass

It is recomended to stay climbers left of the tree island to avoid the waterfall area and potentially more rockslides off Dragontail Peak. There are large cairns to guide hikers on Aasgard to avoid the waterfall hole. We recomend hikers come prepared with crampons/ microspikes and ice axe.

The gate on Road #7601 near junction with Icicle Road is closed and locked for the season. The road accesses Eightmile and Colchuck/Stuart trailheads. The road is closed to vehicles every winter to protect the roadbed from damage and prevent hazardous travel on the steep exposed snow covered road. Gate will reopen Spring of 2022 once road melts out from winter snowpack. (Gate will be opened as conditions warrent, website will be updated accordingly)

5/16/22

Core Enchantments

No information at this time

The gate on Road #7601 near junction with Icicle Road is closed and locked for the season. The road accesses Eightmile and Colchuck/Stuart trailheads. The road is closed to vehicles every winter to protect the roadbed from damage and prevent hazardous travel on the steep exposed snow covered road. Gate will reopen Spring of 2022 once road melts out from winter snowpack.

5/5/22

 

Approximately 50% of the parking spaces are allocated for Overnight Permit holders only. If you DO NOT  have the Enchantment Overnight Permit Parking Pass, YOU CANNOT park in these signed spaces. Tickets with fines will be issued for vehicles violating the Overnight Parking area or parking along the road.

These trailheads, which access the Enchantments area of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, routinely experience intense demand through the summer months and early autumn.  As visitor use has increased dramatically over the past decade, parking and related safety and resource issues have also been compounded.  On several days of the week during this time of the year, especially the weekends, parking can extend on both sides of this one-lane road from Stuart Lake to Eightmile Lake trailhead and beyond.  This creates public safety issues and concerns along this one-lane road as it relates to the ingress/egress for emergency vehicles, to user conflicts between motorized vehicles accessing the trailheads and pedestrians walking the road to and from the trailhead.  As is, parking for emergency response vehicles and Search and Rescue volunteers is severely affected by the overly congested parking at the trailheads. PARKING IS ALLOWED ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD  ONLY!

These trailheads and parking areas have been documented to be well beyond their capacity, causing repeated natural resource and sanitation issues as well.  This has created a public health concern at the 2 toilet facilities, one at each trailhead.  As they are over capacity they are often lacking sanitary supplies, which has resulted in sanitation issues and public health concerns in the forest area adjacent to the trailheads (litter and human waste).

   


Average Spring trail openings/meltout

Late March to Mid April--- Icicle Ridge, Penstock, Leavenworth town trails (Blackbird Island, Ski Hill loop trails, Fish Hatchery trails, Wenatchee Foothill trails)

Mid April to Mid May -- Snow Creek, Fourth of July, Freund Canyon, Devil's Gulch, Ingalls Creek, Lake Stuart, Icicle Creek, Hatchery Creek, Eightmile Lake, Chatter Creek, Jack Creek. Hidden Lake, Twin Lakes, White Pine, Lower Chiwawa, Nason Ridge, Rock Mtn, Dirty Face.

Mid May or later -- Lake Ethel, Tronsen Ridge, Upper Devil's Gulch, Upper Mission Ridge, Little Wenatchee TH, Minotaur lake, Top Lake, Merritt Lake, Heather Lake, Shaeffer Lake, Rock Creek, White River/Indian Creek, Upper Chiwawa River TH's, Round Mtn, Irving Pass


Current Weather Forecast for Leavenworth

Trail condition reports are gathered from Forest Service trail employees and wilderness rangers, USFS trail contractors, and public reports.

WTA.ORG and NWHIKERS.NET   and WenatcheeOutdoors.org are also excellent sources for trail conditions and ideas for hikes and backpacking trips.