Twisp River Trail #440


The best early season trail for mountain biking, horseback riding, and hiking. Crossings at Scatter and Slate creeks may become difficult in the spring due to high water. Generally up and down route is along hillside above the Twisp River. Highlights: Occasional views. A good day trip for a family outing.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Current conditions information
Area Amenities: Toilets
Fees A current recreation pass is required at some of the trailheads giving access to this trail.
Open Season: June
Best Season: June- September
Busiest Season: July
Restrictions: Certified weed-free hay or certified weed-free hay pellets are required on National Forest lands (processed grains are okay).
Closest Towns: Twisp, WA
Water: No drinking water
Restroom: At trailhead only
Passes: Some trailheads require a valid recreation pass. Check our Recreation Passes and Permits page for details.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Methow Valley Ranger District 24 West Chewuch Road, Winthrop, WA 98862  509-996-4000

General Information


From Twisp, Washington, drive west on Twisp River Road (Okanogan County Road 9114),at about 10 miles turn left onto Buttermilk Creek Road (county road 1090) which crosses a bridge across Twisp River, follow the West Buttermilk Road to the right onto the road that becomes Forest Service Road #4420 to Twisp River Sno-Park, about 1.5 miles from bridge.

Additional access points to Twisp River Trail are: near War Creek Bridge (where there is limited parking), Scatter Creek Trailhead, Slate Creek Trailhead, and South Creek Trailhead. Some of these trailheads require a valid recreation pass.

General Notes:

No trash receptacles provided.

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  Area/Length : 
15 miles

  Elevation : 
2400 feet


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