Falls Creek Trail #518

Trail begins at the end of Falls Creek Forest Service Road #5140 and ends at a junction with the Burch Mountain Trail (#538) and Eightmile Ridge Trail (#523).  The trail gradually climbs along Falls Creek to reach a basin at 4.5 miles.  After the basin, the last 1.2 miles of trail is difficult to follow, as it climbs steeply up the headwall of the valley to the top of Eightmile Ridge and the three-way junction.  From the junction, the top of Burch Mt. is accessed via a 0.3 mile very steep climb on the Burch Mt. Trail.

The entire trail has been affected by recent wildfires, the first 4.5 miles by the 2014 Falls Creek Fire and the last 1.2 miles by the 2017 Diamond Creek Fire.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: For current trail conditions go to- http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/okawen/alerts-notices
Fees: No fee required
Open Season: July
Best Season: summer
Busiest Season: summer
Restrictions: Certified weed-free hay or certified weed-free hay pellets are required on National Forest lands (processed grains are okay).
Closest Towns: Winthrop, Washington
Water: No
Restroom: No
Passes: Northwest Forest Pass not required.
Information Center: Methow Valley Ranger District, 24 West Chewuch Road, Winthrop, Washington 98862  509-996-4000

General Information


Drive north on West Chewuch Road (county road 1213) and onto paved West Chewuch Road (forest road #51) for ten miles, turn onto Falls Creek Road (forest road 5140) on the right and follow to the end of the road, about 9 miles.


Day Hiking


Horse Riding