Trail Creek Trail #1322


This trail is located entirely within Alpine Lakes Wilderness.  It connects the Waptus River Trail 1310 with the Cathedral Pass Trail 1345.

From the south, the trail begins at Waptus River Trail #1310, immediately crosses Waptus River at a good ford (caution: ford is wide and water can be high and swift early in season) and begins a gradual ascent that steepens and has several switchbacks, again becoming a gradual ascent as it passes through the Trail Creek headwaters and passes above Squitch Lake, ending at Cathedral Pass Trail 1345. The trail is in good condition. Lake Michael Trail 1336 is accessed via the Trail Creek Trail.


SETTING: Relatively young timber as the result of a large fire approximately 100 years ago, dry and wet meadows, stream, marshy pond.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Snowbound
Permit Info: Wilderness permits are required. The self-issuing permits are free and are available at trailheads.
Open Season: Summer
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply. See: Alpine Lakes Wilderness Regulations Booklet (PDF File). Bicycles and motor vehicles prohibited.
Closest Towns: Cle Elum, WA
Passes: Some trailheads such as the Salmon la Sac and Cathedral Pass trailheads require a valid recreation pass. Check our Recreation Passes and Permits page for details.
Information Center: Cle Elum Ranger District, (509) 852-1100

General Information


Access from Tucquala Meadows Trailhead or Salmon La Sac Trailhead



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