French Creek Trail #1595


French Creek Trail is 14.4 miles long, gains 3200 miles of elevation, and is open to hikers and stock users. The trail is very brushy in sections, which may make travel with stock difficult. Creek fords may be high depending on the time of year. The trail begins 1.5 miles up Icicle Creek Trail #1551, and switchbacks steadily up for about 0.5 miles. After this initial climb, the trail ascends gradually, weaving through the valley bottom alongside French Creek. At about 3.5 miles, the trail meets up with French Ridge Trail #1564, which heads northwest. French Creek Trail continues southwest, coming to a junction with Snowall Creek Trail #1560 after 1.1 miles. The trail continues for another mile, where Klonaqua Lake Trail #1563 splits off to the west. French Creek Trail follows French Creek south, crossing many streams and creeks, until it intersects with Meadow Creek Trail #1559 after 3.7 miles. From here, the trail climbs steeply southeast, until it ascends Paddy-Go-Easy Pass and crosses county lines. The trail descends steeply from the pass for the last 3.0 miles, dropping through heavy forest and ending at Cle Elum River Road/ Forest Road 4330.

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 Trail: Non-motorized, no bicycles.  Campfires prohibited at French Creek Camp and above 5000'.  Maximum group size is twelve (total number of people and stock). Use certified weed-free or commercially processed stock feed only.
Closest Towns: Leavenworth, WA

General Information


The trail begins 1.5 miles up Icicle Creek Trail #1551, which begins at Icicle Creek Trailhead. The trailhead is located at the end of Icicle Creek Road/ Forest Road 7600, about 20 miles from Leavenworth, WA.

General Notes:

Green Trails Map - #177 Chiwaukum Mts./#176 Stevens Pass

USGS Map - Chiwaukum Mountains/Stevens Pass/The Cradle

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