West Fork Methow Trail #480

Area Status: Not Cleared

Trail leaves the road about 1 mile west of the River Bend Campground. The trail follows the Methow River through an old 2003 burn area providing an interesting opportunity to see natural regeneration after a fire with more wild flowers, brush and wildlife. Many snags along the trail could come down in windy weather. The trail passes through areas with avalanche slide chutes, brush and meadows for 8 miles to meet the Pacific Crest Trail.  This trail serves as an alternate route to access the Pacific Crest Trail.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: For current road, trail or campground conditions go to: Trail Conditions   http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/okawen/alerts-notices
Area Amenities: Toilets,Parking
Open Season: Late June
Best Season: July-August
Restrictions: No motorized vehicles. Certified weed-free hay or certified weed-free hay pellets are required on National Forest lands (processed grains are okay). Check fishing regulations for what areas are open. 
Closest Towns: Winthrop, WA
Water: No drinking water
Restroom: At trailhead only
Passes: No pass required.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Methow Valley Ranger District, 24 West Chewuch Road, Winthrop, WA 98862 509-996-4003

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 2.5 miles following the Methow River (passing Ballard Campground and River Bend Campground) and continue past to the end of the road. Drive the rough road about 0.2 miles past River Bend Campground and park at Rattlesnake Trailhead.

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Toilets vault toilets at trailhead only
Parking stock hitch-rails