Rattlesnake Trailhead


Provides access to: West Fork Methow Trail #480 west of River Bend Campground.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: This trail was badly damaged by an avalanche in 2014, and currently waiting for repairs.  For current conditions go to: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/okawen/alerts-notices
Area Amenities: Toilets,Parking
Open Season: July
Usage: Medium
Best Season: summer
Busiest Season: summer
Restrictions: Certified weed-free hay or certified weed-free hay pellets are required on National Forest lands (processed grains are okay). No motorized vehicles on trail.
Closest Towns: Mazama, WA
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Passes: No pass required.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Methow Valley Ranger District, 24 West Chewuch Road, Winthrop, WA 98862   509 996-4000

General Information


From Winthrop drive 15 miles west on Highway 20 to Lost River Road (county road 9140), drive 7.5 miles on Lost River Road to where paved road turns into gravel forest road . Turn right, then left at Mazama onto the Hart's Pass Road 5400. Drive 1.7 miles following the Methow River, passing Ballard Campground and staying to the left (rather than turning right on the switchback and following the main Hart’s Pass 5400 road uphill to the right) pass River Bend Campground on left and drive the rough road about 0.02 miles to the end of the road to Rattlesnake Trailhead.

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Toilets vault toilets at trailhead only
Parking Parking with hitch rails