North Creek Trail #413


The right fork at Gilbert Trailhead is the North Creek Trail.  At about 1 mile, the trail follows North Creek; at 1.5 miles you enter the Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness.  The first two miles are in burn from the 2018 Gilbert fire before entering more forested areas of Ponderosa Pine and Douglas Fir.  The route crosses several avalanche paths and sub-alpine forest before arriving at North Lake.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: For current road, trail or campground conditions go to:
Reservations: No reservations required.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees Recreation Pass required. ($5.00 day pass available for purchase at trailhead.)
Open Season: July
Best Season: August
Busiest Season: August
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply. Certified weed free hay is required for stock on National forest land.
Closest Towns: Twisp, WA
Water: No potable water
Restroom: At trailhead only
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at trailhead. ($5/vehicle/day Northwest Forest Pass can be purchased from a self-pay station provided at the trailhead).
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Methow Valley Ranger District

General Information


From Twisp take the Okanogan County Road 9114 (Twisp River Road) west for 11 miles, then road becomes forest service road #44, continue west on Forest Service Roads 44 and continues straight onto gravel forest service road 4440 for 13.6 miles to Forest Service Road 4440-457 to the Gilbert Trailhead (giving access to Twisp Pass Trail 432, Copper Pass Trail 426 and North Creek Trail 413).


Access roads become groomed snowmobile routes, closed to motorized wheeled vehicles December through March. 



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Picnic tables day use picnic tables
Interpretive Site Informative interpretive signs
Toilets vault toilet
Parking Good parking area
Fee charged for some activities self-pay stations available for required recreation pass