Early Winters Trail #522

Area Status: Not Cleared

This forested trail leaves Klipchuck Campground between spaces 7 and 8, and follows the north side of Early Winters Creek. The trail remains mostly level for 4 miles until it reaches State Route 20, directly across from Silver Star Creek.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 5/8/14 Trail not yet cleared of down trees this year.
Fees No fee
Open Season: June
Best Season: summer
Busiest Season: summer
Restrictions: No motorized vehicles.
Closest Towns: Mazama, WA
Water: in campground
Restroom: in campground
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: From Winthrop, take State Route 20 west about 18 miles to Klipchuck Campground. The trail begins between sites 7 and 8.



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Day Hiking

Since the trail is fairly level, it makes a good day hike from the campground.


The trail is mostly in big timber along the creek bottom. When the North Cascades Highway was built in 1972, it basically followed the route of this old trail, and pieces of the old trail may still be seen from the road from Early Winters all the way to Marblemount. Miners, trappers, Forest Service workers, and recreationists used the old trail. Today, this 4-mile stretch is the only portion of the trail still maintained. Specific Hazards/Difficulties: One should be on the lookout for the occasional rattlesnake in this area. Generally these creatures are timid and will leave long before you see them.