Chatter Creek Trail #1580

WARNING: To those planning to hike a loop out through Frosty Pass and Icicle Creek Trail -- 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 beyond bridge on Icicle Creek Trail. It is not known when bridge will be replaced. See Photos of Bridge

Chatter Creek Trail is 5.5 miles long, gains 3800 feet of elevation, and is primarily used by hikers. Hiking permits are required and can be obtained at the trailhead. This trail within Alpine Lakes Wilderness is very steep, brushy, and rocky in places. The trail is not recommended for horse travel.  The trail begins at the Chatter Creek Trailhead, and climbs steeply and steadily up slopes that alternate between forested and rocky terrain. There are several obvious campsites along the trail for the first 3-4 miles, until the thick trees open up to a large bowl. Then the trail becomes steeper and rockier as it switchbacks up for the last 1.5-2 miles, offering wonderful views of the bowl and the valley below. At the top of the ridge, the terrain becomes more forested again, and the trail ends at Icicle Ridge Trail #1570.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: See Current conditions information 
Permit Info: Alpine Lake Wilderness permit required.  These are self-issuing at the trailhead.
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply. See: Alpine Lakes Wilderness Regulations Booklet (PDF File)
Closest Towns: Leavenworth, WA
Information Center: Wenatchee River Ranger District, (509) 548-2550

General Information


The trail begins at the Chatter Creek Trailhead 16 miles West on Icicle Creek Road #7600.  The trail ends at the Icicle Ridge Trail #1570.

General Notes:

Green Trails Map - #177 Chiwaukum Mts.

USGS Map - Jack Ridge/Chiwaukum Mountains, WA

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

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Recreation areas with activity Backpacking:

Horse Riding

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This trail is not recommended for horse travel.