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West Fork Buttermilk Trailhead


Provides access to: West Fork Buttermilk Trail #411 which enters Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Current conditions
Fees $A Recreation Pass is required. ($5/vehicle/day Northwest Forest Pass can be purchased from a self-pay station provided at Twisp River Horse Camp or at the Gilbert trailhead).
Open Season: Mid-July
Usage: Light
Best Season: August
Busiest Season: August
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply within Lake Chelan- Sawtooth Wilderness. Certified weed-free hay is required on national forest lands (processed grain is okay).
Closest Towns: Twisp, WA
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Passes: Recreation Pass is required. ($5/vehicle/day Northwest Forest Pass can be purchased from a self-pay station provided at the Twisp River Horse Camp or Gilbert trailhead).
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Methow Valley Ranger District

General Information


From Twisp, WA drive west 10 miles on Twisp River Road (county road 9114)   Then turn left onto Buttermilk Creek Road crossing Buttermilk Bridge across Twisp River, and follow East Buttermilk Creek Road (Forest Road 43) to the left and follow for about 3 miles. Then turn right on the 4300-500 spur road and stay on spur road 500 for 2.2 miles to trailhead at the end of the road.

Recreation Map

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