Martin Creek Trail #429


The first mile descends through mixed Douglas fir and subalpine forest to the stream ford and then switches back, up for 0.75 miles and begins traveling above Martin Creek. At 4 miles the Martin Lake Trail goes off to the right. The route continues through subalpine forest to about 7,000 feet. It then enters an open meadow basin with scattered trees below Martin Peak. Still gaining elevation to 7,220 feet the trail crosses the divide between Martin Creek and Foggy Dew Creek. Just beyond the high ground the Cooney Lake Trail #434, is off to the right. Then the trail descends through scattered trees and exposed rock and boulders, eventually into dense subalpine forest to the junction with the Foggy Dew Trail #417. On the Foggy Dew Trail it's another 5 miles to the Foggy Dew Trailhead.

This trail is also open to motorcycles, and mountain bikes. The Sawtooth Backcountry multiple use trail brochure with map shows which trails are open to hikers, horses, mountain bikes  and motorcycles. 

This trail provides various users access to several lakes with good fishing and the possibility of a loop route out the Foggy Dew Trail 417.This area is popular with motorbike users and is gaining popularity with mountain bikers. During the shorter days of late summer and early autumn,  in the upper basins of Martin and Foggy Dew Creeks have a spectacular display of yellows and golds that the alpine larch trees provide.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Current trail conditions
Fees: NW Forest Pass or America the Beautiful Pass required. $5/vehicle/day Northwest Forest Pass can be purchased from a self-pay station provided at the trailhead.
Open Season: July
Best Season: August
Busiest Season: August
Restrictions: Motorbikes are not allowed on Martin Lake Trail #429A and Cooney Lake Trail #434. These trails are closed to 4 wheelers as the these trails are not wide enough. Certified weed-free hay required for stock on national forest land (processed grains are okay). 
Closest Towns: Twisp, WA
Water: No potable water
Restroom: At trailhead only
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Methow Valley Ranger District   509-996-4000

General Information

Directions:

From Twisp, take State Route 20 south for 2 miles to junction with State Route 153, drive south on State Route 153 for 12 miles turn right onto Gold Creek Loop Road (county road #1029), and drive about 0.75 mile turn right onto Gold Creek Road (county road #1034), which becomes forest service road #4340. Drive about 6 miles and turn left onto forest service road 4340-300. Drive 4.6 miles to Crater Creek Trailhead at the end of the road. Travel 2 miles up Eagle Lakes Trail 431 and turn left onto Martin Creek Trail #429. 


Activities

Mountain Biking

This area is popular with motorbike users and is gaining popularity with mountain bikers. Specific Difficulties: Be considerate of all trail users, when encountering stock on the trail, kill the motor on the motorbike, and lean the bike against the cut-slope of the trail. Talk to the horseriders so the stock can recognize your location and not feel threatened by your actions. Move off the lower side of the trail and continue talking to the animals until all have past. Mountain bikers and hikers can take their packs and bikes off the lower side of the trail with them, and talk to the animals to reassure them. These measures will assure safety to everyone for their common enjoyment.

Lake and Pond Fishing

Lake fishing at Martin Lakes and Cooney Lake.

Day Hiking

See additional information under Backpacking.

Backpacking

Martin Creek Trail #429 provides various users access to several lakes with good fishing and the possibility of a loop route out the Foggy Dew Trail #417. This area is popular with motorbike users and is gaining popularity with mountain bikers. During the shorter days of late summer and early autumn the larch trees in the upper basins of Martin and Foggy Dew Creeks have a spectacular display of yellows and gold the larch trees provide. See additional information under Horse Riding.

Horse Riding

This area is popular with motorbike users and is gaining popularity with mountain bikers. Specific Difficulties: Be considerate of all trail users, when encountering stock on the trail, kill the motor on the motorbike, and lean the bike against the cut-slope of the trail. Talk to the horseriders so the stock can recognize your location and not feel threatened by your actions. Move off the lower side of the trail and continue talking to the animals until all have past. Mountain bikers and hikers can take their packs and bikes off the lower side of the trail with them, and talk to the animals to reassure them. These measures will assure safety to everyone for their common enjoyment. See additional information under Backpacking.

OHV Trail Riding

This area is popular with motorbike users and is gaining popularity with mountain bikers. (This trail is too narrow for 4 wheelers.)Specific Hazards/Difficulties: Be considerate of all trail users, when encountering stock on the trail, kill the motor on the motorbike, and lean the bike against the cutslope of the trail. Talk to the horseriders so the stock can recognize your location and not feel threatened by your actions. Move off the lower side of the trail and continue talking to the animals until all have past. Mountain bikers and hikers can take their packs and bikes off the lower side of the trail with them, and talk to the animals to reassure them. These measures will assure safety to everyone for their common enjoyment.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
8.9 miles