Esmeralda Basin Trail #1394


The Esmerelda Basin Trail begins at the Esmerelda Trailhead at the end of Forest Service Road 9737 and ends at Fortune Creek Jeep Trail #4W301 heading to Gallagher Head Lake.

From the trailhead, the trail heads up a steep slope along the river for about 0.5 mile and intersects with the Ingalls Way Trail 1390. Beyond the junction, the trail grade moderates as the trail goes on into Esmerelda Basin through meadows and groups of trees. There are some switchbacks along the trail as it continues upwards. Past the junction with County Line Trail 1226.2 (formerly a part of 1394 which heads north towards Lake Ann), the trail goes over a ridge and then down a series of switchbacks into the south fork of Fortune Creek, where it ends at the junction with Fortune Creek Jeep Trail.

At a Glance

Open Season: Late June - Late October
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: August to early October
Busiest Season: August to early October
Restrictions: Motorized use prohibited. E-Bikes (with full electric motor power or pedal assist) are not allowed.
Closest Towns: Cle Elum
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at the Esmerelda and De Roux trailheads.

General Information


Access from Esmeralda Trailhead


Facilities include lot and roadside parking, stock ramps, toilet, picnic tables.

No trailer turnaround available beyond DeRoux Horsecamp.



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Fine backpacking opportunities with a loop opportunity combining Lake Ann, camping possibilities in upper De Roux basin, and/or Gallagher Head Lake.

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Day Hiking

Combine with Boulder-DeRoux Trail #1392 for a well known loop hike.

Difficulty Level: Difficult

Horse Riding & Camping

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Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
5.1 miles

  Elevation : 
4200 feet. - 5900 feet.


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