Chewuch Trail #510


This is a scenic valley trail within Pasayten Wilderness that follows the river grade mostly in lodgepole pine. The last 2 miles climb into subalpine and meadow areas. This was a major stock route into the Remmel-Cathedral area. This trail is used to access the popular Four Point Lake and Tungsten Mine areas. From this trail one can also reach the Horseshoe Basin area via Basin Creek Trail #360 or the Cathedral Driveway to the Long Swamp Road. Many side trips are possible from the Remmel-Cathedral areas. The beginning 5 miles of this trail burned over in a 2001 wildfire. Many snags along the trail could come down in windy weather. The Remmel and Cathedral lakes area has long been popular with horseback travelers. But the popularity and heavy use has been particularly hard on the area. The same popular camps are used over and over, resulting in large trampled areas, damaged trees, sanitation problems, and continuing enlargement of camps. Lakeside camps have been particularly damaged. Whenever you can, try to avoid already heavily used areas and find more secluded, off-trail camps. Avoid camping at the lakes; when riding to the lakes try to tie up before getting there and walk for the last 1/2 mile. This is important at Upper Cathedral Lake which is delicate and already seriously damaged from heavy use in the past. This popular trail is maintained annually after the winter snow melts out.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: For current trail conditions go to:  
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees A recreation pass is required.  (A $5/vehicle/day Northwest Forest Pass can be purchased from a self-pay station provided at the trailhead).
Permit Info: Free, self issue Wilderness permits are required for the Pasayten Wilderness. They are available at trailheads.
Open Season: June
Best Season: August
Busiest Season: August
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply. Certified weed-free hay is required on national forest lands (processed grains are okay).
Closest Towns: Winthrop, WA
Water: Chewuch River
Restroom: at trailhead only
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass required at Thirty Mile Trailhead.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Methow Valley Ranger District.

General Information


From Winthrop, drive north on Okanogan County Road 1213 (West Chewuch Road) until it joins Forest Service Road 51. Then drive for 23 miles to the Thirtymile Trailhead. (About 29 miles total).

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Picnic tables day use picnic tables
Interpretive Site information bulletin board
Toilets at trailhead only
Parking Stock ramp & hitch rails at parking area.
Fee charged for some activities self-pay stations available to purchase recreation pass

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  Area/Length : 
18.1 miles

  Elevation : 
3472 feet - 7040 feet


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