Easy Pass Trail #741
The trail drops about 50 feet elevation to a foot log crossing of Granite Creek then winds upward. This route was called "Easy" Pass because it was the only place possible to put a trail across rugged, ragged ridges.) The trail passes through heavy timber, meadows, avalanche chutes with good views. This trail offers magnificent mountain views, and spectacular fall colors when the larches turn gold and the huckleberry bushes turn red. Once you cross over the pass you are in the North Cascades National Park and a backcountry permit is required for camping in the park. A backcountry permit can be obtained at the National Park Service office in Marblemount (360-854-7245).
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||See Current Conditions page|
|Area Amenities:||Interpretive Site,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking|
|Fees:||A recreation pass is required for parking. (A $5/vehicle/day Northwest Forest Pass can be purchased from a self-pay station provided at nearby Rainy Pass trailhead).|
|Permit Info:||A national park backcountry permit is required for overnight camping in the national park. A permit can be obtained at the National Park Service office in Marblemount. If coming from the east side, Marblemount can also issue permits via email, firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|Open Season:||Late July|
|Restrictions:||No camping at the pass. Trail is closed to horse, mountain bikes, and motorbikes. The national park does not allow campfires at Fisher Camp or the Fisher Creek Basin - be sure to carry a stove if you plan an overnight stay. Dogs are not allowed in the national park.|
|Closest Towns:||Winthrop, WA|
|Water:||No potable water|
|Restroom:||vault toilet at Trailhead|
|Passes:||A recreation pass is required for parking. (A $5/vehicle/day Northwest Forest Pass can be purchased from a self-pay station provided at nearby Rainy Pass trailhead).|
|Operated By:||Forest Service|
|Information Center:||Methow Valley Ranger District|
From Winthrop, drive about 40 miles west on State Route 20 (or 46 miles east from Marblemount) to Easy Pass Trailhead. The trailhead is on the south side of the highway between milepost 151 and milepost 152.
Day HikingRecreation areas with activity Day Hiking:
This is a steep 3.9 miles to Easy Pass that is well worth the views. This route was called "Easy" Pass because it was the only place possible to put a trail across rugged, ragged ridges.
Viewing PlantsRecreation areas with activity Viewing Plants:
Spectacular fall colors are seen in the fall when the larches are gold and the huckleberry bushes are red.
Viewing SceneryRecreation areas with activity Viewing Scenery:
Magnificent mountain views are seen from the pass.
|Interpretive Site:||interpretive information|
|Fee charged for some activities:||recreation pass required on vehicle|
|Toilets:||vault toilets at trailhead only|