Libby Creek Trail #415

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

A steep 5.3 mile trail to a scenic Libby Lake, at 7620 feet elevation, within Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness.

The beginning of this trail follows an old skid road and is steep for 1,000 feet. Then it joins the trail climbing steadily for the first mile then drops in elevation slightly for a short distance then climbs a ridge covered with lodgepole pine and subalpine trees. As you start up the ridge you enter the Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness area. At about 2 miles the route drops in elevation to the trail bridge over the North Fork Libby Creek. From this point on, the trail climbs steadily through forest with occasional openings. The trail crosses two creeks at 6,400 feet and 6,800 feet. The final 0.75 mile becomes steep and winds its way through talus rock to Libby Lake.

Along the trail, at about 4 miles, there are remnants of an old log cabin, which was build in the early 1900’s. Also a rock dam was constructed in 1911 to control the level of the lake for irrigation in the valley far below. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Current conditions information
Open Season: May
Best Season: August
Busiest Season: August
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply. Trail is closed to stock from the old cabin to the lake. Tie up and walk the last section. Certified weed-free hay required on national forest lands (processed grains okay).  
Closest Towns: Twisp, WA
Passes: No pass required
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Methow Valley Ranger District

General Information


From Twisp, WA take State Route 20 east for 3 miles to State Route 153. Turn right onto Okanogan County Road 1045. Travel on County Road 1045 until you reach Forest Service Road 43, turn left and travel about 5.5 miles, then turn left again on Forest Service Road 4340 for 1.5 miles, then turn right on to Forest Service Road 4340-700 for another 1.5 miles. Finally, turn left onto Forest Service Road 4340-750 to the Libby Creek Trailhead.

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