Pacific Crest Trail #2000 (Hwy 20 North )


Heavily used trail with two stretches of timbered valleys, and two stretches of scenic alpine traverses.  Many  sweeping views. Trail grade does not exceed 10% (generally only 7.5%). Camps are generally located about every 6-7 miles, though in late summer finding water can be a problem in some stretches Camps are available at Porcupine Creek and Methow River. The trail between Methow and Granite passes sometimes experiences slides with loss of tread. This trail is too narrow and impassable to stock. Some stretches of trail (especially near Granite Pass) often do not melt out until late July to early August. Since most of this trail is in fragile alpine areas, special attention is needed to avoid unnecessary impact. Please refrain from building campfires, many of the camps in this area are in meadows with easily damaged vegetaion and little firewood. Reduce your visual impact by finding camps away form the trail and sheltered by trees or landforms. Snow patches may linger into late July or later. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: �Current trail conditions.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site, Fee charged for some activities, Picnic tables, Toilets, Parking
Fees: A recreation pass is required. ($5/vehicle/day Northwest Forest Pass is available for purchase at Rainy Pass trailhead.)
Permit Info: Self-issue free wilderness permit required in Pasayten Wilderness (is available at trailheads).
Open Season: July
Best Season: August
Busiest Season: August-September
Restrictions: Wilderness use restrictions apply. All trailers are prohibited on Hart's Pass Road 5400 beyond Ballard Campground. Cerified weed-free hay is required on national forest lands (processed grains okay).
Closest Towns: Winthrop, WA
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet at trailhead
Passes: A Recreation Pass is required. ($5/vehicle/day Northwest Forest Pass can be purchased from a self-pay station provided at the trailhead). 
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Methow Valley Ranger District.

General Information

Directions:

To hike north from Rainy Pass to Hart's Pass: drive west on Highway 20 from Winthrop, about 34 miles to Rainy Pass Trailhead on the right side of Highway 20.

To hike south from Hart's Pass to Rainy Pass: from Winthrop, drive 14 miles west on Highway 20, turn right to Lost River Road  (county road 9140) and turn left about 1/4 mile to follow Lost River Road about 6.5 miles to where the road turns to gravel and turns into Hart's Pass Road (forest service road 5400). Follow Hart's Pass Road 5400, for 13 miles to Hart' Pass, turn left onto 5400-500 road, drive about 2 miles to the trailhead at the end of the road.


Parking:

All trailers are prohibited on Hart's Pass Road 5400.


Activities

Day Hiking

Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking: See additional information under Backpacking.

Backpacking

Recreation areas with activity Backpacking:

Camps are generally located about every 6-7 miles, though in late summer finding water can be a problem on some stretches. Specific Difficulties: The trail between Methow and Granite passes sometimes experiences slides with loss of tread. Some stretches of trail (especially near Granite Pass) often do not melt out until late July - early August. Since most of the trail is in fragile alpine areas, special attention is needed to avoid unnecessary impact. Please refrain from building campfires; many of the camps in these areas are in alpine meadows and it's easy to damage vegetation and there is little firewood. Reduce your visual impact by finding camps away from the trail and sheltered by trees and landforms.

Horse Riding

Recreation areas with activity Horse Riding:

Camps with horse feed are available at Porcupine Creek and Methow River. The trail between Granite Pass and Methow Pass is impassble for stock as the trail experiences slides with loss of tread and is too narrow for horses. Some stretches of trail (especially neas Granite Pass) often do not melt out util late July or early August.  Horse users should be careful to avoid tying stock to the small, easily killed trees common at the higher elevations. Use a high-hitch line or hobbles instead. See additional information under Backpacking.

Amenities

Interpretive Site: Informative interpretive signs
Picnic tables: day use picnic tables
Fee charged for some activities: self-pay stations available to purchase recreation pass
Parking:
Toilets: vault toilets at trailhead only

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
31.1 miles