Oval Creek Trail #410A

  

Trail enters into Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness. The trail is steep in several sections and traverses fragile soils above 6800 feet. Most of this trail was burned over in the 2018 Crescent Fire and much of the trail is dry and dusty during the summer.  Stock users travel with care as the burnt up ground sometimes gives way under heavier weights.

The trail climbs to an old moraine, travels below Gray Peak, continues up to the Chelan Summit Trail, travels across a fragile slope to a pass east of Gray Peak, and then descends into the basin towards Middle Oval Lake where the maintained trail terminates.

At the outflow of Middle Oval Lake are opportunities to scramble Oval Peak and the summits of Buttermilk Ridge with unforgettable views. Sensational views of surrounding ridges and peaks are captivating.  Spend some time at the pass below Gray Peak or consider scrambling on a couple routes to the summit, for an indescribable view of the Cascade Range with Glacier Peak glistening and dominating the horizon.

Good stock camping in the basin above Middle Oval Lake with graze available. Fishing is good in the lakes.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: For current trail conditions go to: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/okawen/alerts-notices
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees Recreation pass required. ($5/vehicle/day Northwest Forest Pass can be purchased from a self-pay station provided at the trailhead).
Open Season: Early July
Best Season: August
Busiest Season: August
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply. Certified weed-free hay required for stock in national forest (proccess grain okay).
Closest Towns: Twisp, WA
Water: no potable water
Restroom: at trailhead only
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Eagle/Oval 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

Directions:

From Twisp take Okanogan County Road 9114 (Twisp River Road) west for 11 miles, then take County Road 1050 (West Buttermilk Road) across Twisp River, stay to right going west. This road continues as Forest Service Road 4420 for 3.1 miles. Turn left on Forest Service Road 4420-080 (Eagle Creek Road) to the end, about 2 miles, to Eagle Creek Trailhead. Follow Eagle Creek Trail #410 for 1.9 miles where both trails enter Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness. After stream crossing at Eagle Creek take left fork onto Oval Creek Trail.

Oval Creek Trail continues southwest and climbs to West Oval Lake and links to Oval Lakes Trail #410B which leads east to Middle Oval Lake.


General Notes:

West Oval is open for hiker camping only (no stock camping).

Middle Oval Lake has the potential for being heavily impacted like most lake destinations, please practice minimum impact camping and help keep the wilderness untrammeled for future generations. Stay on the trails in areas of exposed soils, at these elevations the soils are extremely fragile as are the plants.


General Notes:

West Oval Lake is open to hiker camping but closed to stock camping.

Middle Oval Lake has potential for being heavily impacted like most lake destinations, please proactice minimum impact camping and help keep the wilderness untammeled for future generations. Stay on the trails in areas of exposed soils, at these elevations the soils are extremely fragile as are the plants.


Activities


Fishing

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Hiking

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Horse Riding & Camping

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Nature Viewing

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Amenities

Picnic tables
Interpretive Site
Toilets
Parking


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