Pacific Crest Trail #2000 (Pasayten Wilderness)

Area Status: Unreachable

Trail sidehills and follows ridges of the Cascade crest. Majority of the trail is above timberline with sweeping views. Trail grade does not exceed 10 percent. Travels north through Pasayten Wilderness to Canada.

This popular trail is the final leg of the Mexico to Canada trek. This is also the major north-south trunk trail of the western Pasayten with many east-west branches, making many loop trips possible. Camps are generally located about every 6-7 miles, though in late summer finding water can be a problem on some stretches.

Specific Difficulties: Some stretches of trail (Lakeview Ridge, section between Rock and Woody Passes) often do not melt out until late July - early August.

More information about the Pacific Crest Trail: Pacific Crest Trail Association.

At a Glance

Current Conditions:  Current trail conditions
Fees No pass required
Permit Info: Wilderness permits are required when entering the Pasayten Wilderness. The self-issuing permits are free and available at trailheads.
Open Season: July
Wilderness regulations apply. Refrain from building campfires due to fragile alpine areas. Camp away from the trail sheltered by trees and landforms. Certified weed-free hay required on national forest land (proccessed grain okay). No trailers allowed on Hart's Pass Road 5400.  
Closest Towns: Winthrop, WA
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet at stock trailhead
Passes: No Recreation Pass required at trailhead.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Methow Valley Ranger District.

General Information


From Winthrop, take Highway 20 west about 14 miles to the Mazama turn off and turn right. At Mazama turn left onto Lost River Road (Okanogan County Road 9140), and drive about 7 miles to where the road turns to gravel and becomes Hart's Pass Road (forest service road 5400) 13 miles to Hart's Pass.  At Hart's Pass turn right and pass the guard station cabin and drive uphill towards Slate Peak. Horse trailhead is about 1 mile on the left with stock ramp, hitch rail, and a vault toilet. Hikers trailhead is about 1 mile farther up the road to the left on the first switchback. 

General Notes:

All trailers are prohibited on Hart's Pass Road 5400 beyond Ballard Campground.


Limited parking



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  Area/Length : 
32 miles


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