South Creek Trail #401


This forested trail heads into Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness. It is a fairly easy hike with good views, but limited camping. First 4.5 miles of forest are broken by avalanche paths. Louis Lake Trail #428 branches left at the 2-mile marker. You will travel through an old wildfire at 5.5 miles, then cross a stream at 7 miles. Then the trail becomes rocky before the last 0.25 mile to the pass. At the pass the trail enters the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area managed by North Cascade National Park.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: For current trail conditions
Permit Info: Wilderness permit not required.  Note: Permit required year round for all overnight stays in the backcountry of North Cascades National Park Service Complex (North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas).
Open Season: June
Best Season: July-August
Busiest Season: July-August
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply
Closest Towns: Twisp, WA
Water: No
Restroom: In nearby campground
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required for day use at Twisp River Horse Camp near the trailhead.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Methow Valley Ranger District 509 996-4003

General Information


From Twisp drive west on Twisp River Road (county road 9114). At about 12  miles the Twisp River Roadbecomes Forest Service Road 44. Continue on Forest Service Road 44 fot 5 miles, until it turns into a gravel road, it then becomes Forest Service Road 4440, drive 5 more miles to South Creek Campground and South CreekTrailhead.



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