Eagle Lakes Trail #431

  

A very scenic trail. It starts in forest, travels across open slopes with views of the Columbia River Basin, and then it begins to climb up valley through subalpine forest and meadows to Horsehead Pass. From the pass you can connect to Chelan Summit Trail near Boiling Lake. Martin Creek Trail #429 takes off at 2 miles. At 5.5 miles, just past an overlook with benches, the Upper Eagle Lake Trail #431A, branchs right. At 6 miles, the Lower Eagle Trail #431B, forks left. The Eagle Lakes Trails are very popular for all trail users. This is a very scenic trail and is designated as a National Recreation Trail. The meadows put on an excellent wildflowers display in July. Access trails to Lower and Upper Eagle Lakes are about 1 mile long each (these 2 access trails to the lakes are not open to motorcycles). At 3.5 miles recreationist have an outstanding view of the Columbia River Basin and at 5.4 miles an outstanding view of Lower Eagle Lake and Horsehead Pass complete with benches. The view from the pass overlooks Lower Eagle Lake, Lower Methow Valley, and the Columbia River. The basin to the east, and on the opposite side of the pass, views of Boiling Lake and Entiat Mountain, across Lake Chelan, dominate the horizon. Late September and/or early October often offer beautiful  views of alpine larch.

Sawtooth Backcountry multiple use trail brochure with map showing which trails are open to hikers, horses, mountain bikes  and motorcycles. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: current trail conditions
Fees No fees
Permit Info: No permit required.
Open Season: Mid-July
Best Season: August-September
Busiest Season: August
Restrictions: Access trails to Lower and Upper Eagle lakes are 1 mile long and closed to motorbikes. Trails are not open to ATV's as trails are not wide enough.
Closest Towns: Twisp, WA
Water: No potable water
Restroom: Vault toilet at the trailhead
Passes: No pass required
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Methow Valey Ranger District

General Information

Directions:

From Twisp take State Route 20 south for 2 miles, then continue south on to State Route 153 to Okanogan County Road 1029 (Gold Creek Loop Road). Turn right onto County Road 1034 (Gold Creek Road), which becomes Forest Service Road 4340. Follow for about 6 miles and turn left on Forest Service Road 4340-300. Follow for 4.6 miles to the Crater Creek Trailhead.


Activities


Bicycling

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Fishing

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Day Hiking

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Backpacking

 Highlights: The Eagle Lakes Trail is popular for all trail users and may well be the most used trail in the Sawtooth backcountry. This is a very scenic trail and is designated as a National Recreation Trail. It also provides access to the Chelan Summit Trail. The meadows put on an excellent wildflower display in July. At 3.5 miles an outstanding view of the Columbia River basin to the east and at 5.4 miles an outstanding view of the Lower Eagle Lake and Horsehead Pass complete with rock benches. Access trails to Lower and Upper Eagle lakes are about 1 mile long each. The view from the pass overlooks Lower Eagle Lake, Lower Methow Valley, and the Columbia River. The basin to the east, and on the opposite side of the pass Boiling Lake and Entiat Mountain across Lake Chelan, dominate the horizon.


Horse Riding & Camping

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