Williams Creek Trail #407

Area Status: Open

The trail climbs moderately through forest into Lake-Chelan Sawtooth Wilderness to Williams Lake. It then travels across shale and talus slopes and through an old burned area. Trail ends at the lake. Beautiful alpine larch colors in late September.

At a Glance

Current Conditions:  For current trail conditions go to- http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/okawen/alerts-notices
Open Season: June
Best Season: August-September
Busiest Season: August
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply. Please tie stock 200' or further from the lake shore. Certified weed free hay is required on national forest lands (proccessed grains okay).
Closest Towns: Twisp, WA
Water: no
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Williams Creek Trailhead. ($5/vehicle/day Northwest Forest Pass can be purchased from a self-pay station provided at nearby Twisp River Horse Camp or at Gilbert trailhead).
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Methow Valley Ranger District 509 996-4000

General Information


From Twisp travel west on Twisp River Road (county road 9114) for 12 miles, until it becomes paved Forest Service Road 44. Drive 2.5 miles,turn left on War Creek Bridge Road, after crossing bridge turn right onto forest road 4430 road and drive for 3.5 miles, and turn left onto Williams Creek Trailhead Road.


Lake and Pond Fishing

Recreation areas with activity Lake and Pond Fishing: Fishing at the lake.

Day Hiking

Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking:


Recreation areas with activity Backpacking:

Horse Riding

Recreation areas with activity Horse Riding:

Limited grazing. There are areas along the lakeshore closed for revegetation. Please tie stock 200 feet or further from the lake shore and let those areas recover.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
7.5 miles

  Elevation : 
2800 feet