Louis Lake Trail #428

Area Status: Not Cleared

This trail goes into the Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness. The trail begins at 2 miles on the South Creek Trail #401, then starts by descending to the trail bridge crossing of South Creek. The next mile switchbacks up through forest with huge Douglas fir, Engleman spruce, and western white pine. The route then travels high about Louis Creek through old avalanche paths and subalpine forest. At 3 miles either a footlog bridge or stream ford crosses Louis Creek then a short distance brings you to the lake.

At a Glance

Current Conditions:
Fees A Recreation Pass is required at Twisp River Horse Camp. ($5/vehicle/day Northwest Forest Pass can be purchased from a self-pay station provided at the Twisp River Horse Camp. 
Open Season: Mid-June
Best Season: July-August
Busiest Season: July-August
Restrictions: Wilderness use restrictions apply. Avoid the re-vegetated sites at the lake, heavily impacted campsites at the lake are being rehabilitated. No motorized or mechanical use allowed. Parties size limit 12 people or less and 18 head of stock. Certified weed free hay is required on national forest lands (proccessed grains okay).
Closest Towns: Twisp, WA
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Methow Valley Ranger District   509 996-4000

General Information


From Twisp take Okanogan County Road 9114 (Twisp River Road) west for 11 miles, then continue on Forest Service Road 44 for 7.4 miles and Forest Service Road 4440 for 4 miles to the South Creek Trailhead. Take the South Creek Trail #401 for 2 miles to the signed junction, turn left onto Louis Lake Trail #428.



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An easy route to Louis Lake at an elevation of 5,400 feet. Views of the South Creek Butte and Crescent Mountain are spectacular. The lake is a popular day ride and family hike, with good fishing. Specific Difficulties: Avoid the re-vegetated sites at the lake, heavily impacted campsites at the lake are being rehabilitated.

Day Hiking

See additional information under Backpacking.

Horse Riding & Camping

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