Lake Creek Trail #500

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This trail is within Pasayten Wilderness. Trail to Black Lake follows Lake Creek and is an easy 4 mile walk. Since the 2003 wildfire the trail beyond Black Lake has many, many down trees making trail very difficult for hikers and impassable to stock. The unmaintained trail from Black Lake climbs steadily to Ashnola Pass (6,300’) then follows the Ashnola River north to meet the Boundary Trail #533 near the Ashnola river ford (5,320’).

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Current conditions information
Permit Info: Self issuing Wilderness permits are required for the Pasayten Wilderness. They are available at trailheads, headquarters, and the district office. 
Open Season: June
Best Season: June-September
Busiest Season: June-September
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply
  • Fires are prohibited along most of the shoreline.
  • Special fishing regulations affect both Black Lake and Lake Creek.
  • Camping is prohibited within 200 feet of Black Lake shoreline in the Pasayten Wilderness: if in possession of pack or riding animals it is prohibited to camp within ½ mile, horizontal distance of the Black Lake shoreline. 36CFR 261.58(e) 
Closest Towns: Winthrop, WA
Water: No potable water
Restroom: Not beyond trailhead area
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass required at Lake Creek trailhead. ($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  509-996-4003

General Information


From Winthrop take Okanogan County Road 1213 (West Chewuch Road) north about 6 miles to where it joins with Forest Service Road 51. Continue north, about 18 miles and just after the Lake Creek bridge, turn left on Forest Service Road 51-100 and drive 2 miles to the Lake Creek Trailhead.

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Day Hiking

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


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 This area was burned over in 2003. Trail beyond Black Lake has not been maintained, is impassable to stock and is challenging for hikers. There are some worthy views from Ashnola Pass and Fawn Lake, itself interesting in the way it is perched on top of the pass. Though the segment to Black Lake is heavily used, most visitors do not travel beyond it, providing solitude for the traveler who does. Since the 2003 fire few campsites are available near the north or south ends of Black Lake.

Fees: Northwest Forest Pass required.
Permit required?: Y

Horse Riding & Camping

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