Trail Conditions

View of Hozomeen from Desolation
Hozomeen Mountain looms above the clouds, from Desolation Peak. B. Gilmartin

September 14, 2019
The autumn equinox is right around the corner so the days are getting shorter and temperatures are dropping. The rainy season is upon us so be prepared for cold rain and possibly snow at higher elevations! The Wilderness Information Center will be open until Sept 29th and after that we will be closed for the season.

Black bears are still out and about getting ready for winter and they are hungry! Please be extra dilligent with storing your food, trash, toiletries and other scented items away from wildlife at ALL times. If you are camping near a food storage locker, make sure it is completely closed and don't leave anything in it when you leave. Scented items left in lockers will attract animals, including mice.


The trail conditions listed in the table below represent the last known status, but please note that conditions can change. Please e-mail us if you have trail conditions to report.


Backcountry permits: Backcountry permits are required year round for all overnight stays in the backcountry and can be self-issued during the winter. Check out the Wilderness Trip Planner page for permit details and trip planning resources. Whenever and wherever you travel in the wilderness, please be safe and touch the wilderness gently. Know and practice Leave No Trace camping and hiking.

 

Closures and Notices

Ross Lake Boat-In Sites
Certain sites are closed until further notice due to low water: Big Beaver, Roland Point, McMillan, Spencers, Rainbow Point, Ten Mile Island, Ponderosa, Lightning Creek, Lightning Creek Stock, Cat Island, Boundary Bay, Little Beaver, Silver Creek.
Update July 26 2019, the following sites are now open for camping: Green Point, Cougar Island, May Creek, Devil's Junction, Lodgepole. Please stop by the Wilderness Information Center in Marblemount to get a permit for these sites.

Bridge at McAllister Camp washed out. There is currently no bridged access over Thunder Creek to McAllister Hiker Camp.
Hard-sided food canisters are required at select backcountry camps and cross-country areas. In order to protect visitors and wildlife and to maintain the wilderness character of North Cascades National Park Complex, hard-sided food canisters are required from June 1 to November 15 for camping at ten backcountry camps and all or parts of five cross-country zones. More information on food storage requirements, including maps of cross-country zones where canisters are required. Full statement on canister policy.
 
Trail Name Elevation &
Trail Type
Reported Conditions
Agnes Gorge
(Stehekin)
Trailhead at 1700', trail's end 2000'
Hiker only
Open
Baker River Trailhead at 800', trail's end at 900'
Hiker only
06/09/19: Trail in excellent condition and has been logged out to Sulphide Camp.

General: This trail begins on Forest Service land and crosses into the National Park: dogs are not allowed in the national park and backcountry permits are required to stay at Sulphide Creek Camp.
Big Beaver Ross Dam Trailhead at 2100'. Big Beaver 1600'. Beaver Pass 3654'
Hiker, Stock
09/14/19: Trail is clear until Beaver Pass then there are some brushy sections. There is no water at 39 mile creek.
Boulder Creek
(Stehekin)
Trailhead 1200', Purple Pass 6800'
Hiker, Stock

06/06/19:Boulder/Purple loop completely logged out. Patchy snow between Reynolds camp and War Creek junction. Some snow in Juanita Lake camp

Lower sections burned in 2010 Rainbow Bridge Fire and the 2014 Lone Mountain Fire; the trail can be dry and dusty. Blowdowns are common on this trail due to past forest fires.
Brush Creek
(to Whatcom Pass)
Whatcom Pass: 5055'
Hiker, Stock
Graybeal Camp is currently inaccessible to stock.

08/07/2019: Some of the sites at Greybeal camp are washed out, otherwise easy to follow because it was recently brushed.

Hard sided food storage canisters strongly recommended at Whatcom Camp due to limited tree limbs and high animal activity.
Bullion Loop
(Stehekin)
Trailhead 1500'
Hiker, Stock
Open
Cascade Pass /
Sahale Arm/
Horseshoe Basin
Trailhead 3660', Cascade Pass 5400', Sahale Glacier Camp 7600'
Hiker only
No Pets
No Hunting
09/01/19: Trail is dry along the switchbacks and there is no water available at the trailhead, plan to bring extra water as you hike up. There is a good water source approximately 3/4 of a mile before Cascade Pass. Many bear sightings reported in Cascade Pass and Pelton Basin area, keep your food away from wildlife at all times, including chipmunks!

Sahale Arm trail has no water until about a half mile past the Doubtful Lake junction, then there is a stream fed by snowmelt right before the rock field approach to the Sahale Glacier camp. At the camp there are streams running below the bivy sites.
Company Creek
(Stehekin)
Trailhead 1200', leaves park at 2500'
Hiker, stock
08/07/2019: Trail is closed in definitely due to the Devore Creek Fire.

General: Must ford Company Creek at 5 mile. Trail is obscure south of Hilgard Pass and difficult to follow due to damage from 2015 Wolverine Fire.
Copper Ridge Copper Lookout: 6260'
Hiker only
08/30/2019: Trail is in good condition. There's a bee's nest about 3 miles up the Hannegan Pass trail so use caution. There's water at Hannegan Camp, Boundary Camp, Egg Lake, and Copper Lake. Silesia is dry and backpackers will have to go to Egg Lake to get water. The creek between Hannegan Pass and Boundary Camp is now dry, backpackers by passing Boundary Camp are advised to get water at Hannegan Camp or Boundary Camp. There are lots of berries on the trail so be bear aware.

General: In summer, no water between Boundary Camp and the ridge. Water on the ridge is available at Copper and Egg Lakes. No water at Silesia Camp once snows melt--must get water at Egg Lake (1 mile round-trip). Trail can be brushy at low elevations on the north end of the ridge, near the ford of the Chilliwack River and Indian Creek. No reliable water between one mile east of Copper Lake and the Chilliwack River.
Dagger Lake / Twisp Pass Fireweed 3900', Dagger Lake 5508', Twisp Pass 6100'
Hiker, stock
6/28/19: Trail is logged out and snow free.

Backcountry permits required for overnight stays at Stiletto Lake; dogs not permitted.
Desolation Peak Trailhead 1605', Lookout 6108'
Hiker only
09/03/19: Trail is in great condition, views are spectacular!

Summer: No water source at Desolation Camp once snow has melted. Food storage canisters required at Desolation Camp June 1 - Nov. 15.
Devore Creek
(Stehekin)
NPS boundary at 2000'
Hiker only
08/07/2019: Trail is closed in definitely due to the Devore Creek Fire.

General: Trail south of Ten Mile Pass (to Hilgard Pass) is obscure and difficult to follow due to 2015 Wolverine Fire.
Diablo Lake Trailhead 1200' - max. 2000'
Hiker only
Current conditions: Open, some trees down.
East Bank /
Hozomeen Lake
Trailhead 1800', Hozomeen Lake (highest pt.) ~2900'
Hiker, stock
09/03/19: Trail is in great condition.
General: Roland Creek can be a wet ford during periods of high stream flows. Hozomeen Lake Camp is closed from April 1 to May 31 for nesting loons.
Easy Pass / Fisher Creek Trailhead 3700', pass 6400'
Hiker only
07/14/19: Trail is snow free up and over Easy Pass. Lots of wildflowers blooming! Many down trees past Fisher Camp to Junction Camp.

The Fisher Creek Trail crosses a slide area a mile east of Junction Camp. A temporary narrow trail exists across the slide. Caution - contains significant exposure.
Flat Creek
(Stehekin)
1700' - 2000' Current: Flat Creek camp is currently closed due to hazard trees.
Fourth of July Pass Thunder Creek 1200', 4th of July Pass 3500'
Hiker only
06/07/19: Snow free and clear all the way to Fourth of July camp.

No campfires allowed--please bring a camp stove if planning to camp at Fourth of July Camp.
Goode Ridge
(Stehekin)
Trailhead 2200', ridge 6600'
Hiker, stock
5/24/19: The trail has been logged out until the snow line, which is approximately 4 miles up.

In Summer: Water only available for the first 1.5 miles. Carry adequate water past this point to stay hydrated.
Hannegan Pass /Chilliwack River Trailhead 3000', Hannegan Pass 5060', Canadian border 2000'
Hiker, stock
9/7/2019: Road damaged just before trailhead, prohibiting entry into parking lot. Parking limited along road.
Bees active about 3 miles up Hannegan Trail - use caution.
The Chilliwack cable car has currently been removed for repairs, hikers must ford the river.
Trail is passible to stock to US Cabin. Brush Creek/access to
Graybeal Camp is currently inaccessible to stock.
Pets and hunting are not allowed in the National Park. Trail north of Bear Creek Camp is abandoned and is a difficult bush-whack cross-country route. Little Chilliwack Camp no longer exists due to the changing course of the Chilliwack River.
Happy Panther 1700 - 2000'
Hiker, stock
Open
Hidden Lake Trailhead 3700', Hidden Lake: 5700', Hidden Lake Lookout: 6,700'
Hiker only
Pets not allowed in the National Park
08/07/2019: Small section of snow right before the scramble to the lookout, trail can be very hot and exposed. Road is rough and parking is limited, high clearance vehicle recommended.

Backcountry CAMPING PERMITS are REQUIRED past the saddle and down to Hidden Lake. Reaching Hidden Lake requires traveling over a very challenging and steep boulder field--not easy!
Food canisters required in Hidden Lake Cross Country Zone June 1 - Nov. 15. Pets and hunting are not allowed beyond the ridge or down to the lake.
Jack Mountain Trail East Bank Trail (2000') to NPS boundary (5900'). Little Jack summit at 6750'.
Hiker only
Current: Unknown

General: Trail is not maintained on a regular basis, some sections can be overgrown, eroded and rough in some places. No water along trail.
Lakeshore Trail
(Stehekin)
Elevation 1200'
Hiker, stock
Current: Unknown
General: High rattlesnake activity, particularly on sunny days. Ticks common in spring and early summer.
This trail was burned over in 2010, so new blowdowns are common.
Little Beaver
(Ross Lake to Whatcom Pass)
Ross Lake 1600', Stillwell ~ 2500', Whatcom Pass 5200'
Hiker only from Little Beaver to Stillwell.
09/14/19: Trail has been cleared out by trail crew, it requires some challenging creek crossings and a narrow log walks. Not recommended for beginner hikers. Trail up to Whatcom Pass is steep!

General: Perry Creek and Redoubt Creek are early season wet crossings despite footlogs; these can be difficult to cross with this season's high snow melt.

Food canisters are strongly recommended for camping at Whatcom Camp. Hanging food requires a highline due to the limited trees.
McAlester Lake / South Pass Fireweed 3900', McAlester Pass 6000', South Pass 6300'
Hiker, stock
09/14/19: Trail is getting dusty, but otherwise in good shape.
McGregor Mountain
(Stehekin)
Trailhead 1700',Heaton Camp 7000'
Hiker, stock
06/06/19: McGregor logged out to snow (just below 6,000').

General: Food storage canisters are recommended for camping at Heaton Camp -- hanging food can be diffcult here. No fires allowed at Heaton Camp.
Monogram Lake / Lookout Mountain Trailhead 1300', Monogram Lake 4872'
Hiker only
Current (06/28/19): Trail is clear for the first three miles until the trail splits. A few trees down past the NPS boundary and patchy snow on trail in the subalpine area. Camps and trail at Monogram Lake snow free.

Lookout Mountain (USFS): Last flowing water source is ~1/2 mile past the trail split to Monogram Lake. A small pool of water is just below the lookout.

General: Pets and hunting are not allowed in National Park. FOOD CANISTERS are required for camping at Monogram Lake June 1 - Nov. 15. Backcountry Permits required for camping at Monogram Lake year-round. Look for new tent pads and separate cooking areas. Do not camp on the lake shore.
North Fork Bridge Creek 2800' to 4200'
Hiker, stock
08/29/2019: Trail is very overgrown with brush past Grizzly Creek camp, please try to stay on the trail to avoid fragile vegetation.

General: Crossing Grizzly Creek requires a ford of 3 channels -- all can run high and fast and can be unsafe to ford during early season snow-melt and after large rain events. Trail is often faint and hard to follow in northern-most 2 miles. Grizzly Creek Camp rebuilt in 2012 south of Grizzly Creek ford. Due to repeated flooding of Grizzly Creek, Grizzly Creek Stock Camp is permanently closed--stock should use Walker Park.
Pacific Crest Trail
(Bridge Creek Trail)

(Bridge Creek Camp to State Route 20/Bridge Creek trailhead)
Bridge Creek 08/21/2019: The trail is getting dusty but it has been recently brushed by trail crew. A bear has been entering North Fork camp, make sure to use the food storage locker to store all scented items.
Pacific Crest Trail
(
Old Wagon Trail
and Agnes Creek Trail)

(Bridge Creek Camp to Glacier Peak Wilderness)
NPS Boundary 1700' - Bridge Creek 2300'
Hiker, stock


Old Wagon Trail: Open

Agnes Creek Trail: Cleared to USFS Boundary

South of the Park, in the Glacier Peak Wilderness (USFS): No current report. Due to hazard trees, it is not safe to camp at Hemlock Camp. Alternative camps include 2.4 miles south of Suiattle Pass (just before entering Sitting Bull Basin), Cedar Camp 2.8 miles north of Hemlock Camp, and 1.9 miles up the South Fork Agnes Creek Trail. The bridge over Agnes Creek at Hemlock Camp is out of service.
Panther Creek Trailhead 1800', Panther Camp ~2000', Fourth of July Pass 3500'
Hiker only
06/07/19: Snow free and cleared of down trees.

General: Panther Camp was rebuilt and relocated in 2012 and is 3.7 miles from the trailhead (~0.5 miles southwest of the old camp). New bridge built in 2013 over Panther Creek.
Park Creek Pass Trailhead (Stehekin River)2300', Pass 6100'
Hiker, stock
07/16/19: No snow but be careful on loose rocks on either side of the pass.
Purple Creek / War Creek Trailhead 1200', Purple Pass 6900', War Creek Pass 6500'
Hiker, stock
06/06/19: Boulder/Purple loop completely logged out. Patchy snow between Reynolds camp and War Creek junction. Some snow in Juanita Lake camp

Summer: Only water source is at crossing of Purple Creek 2 miles from Stehekin. Very slow-flowing spring near Juanita Lake--the lake is stagnant and not an attractive water source in late season.
Campfires are not allowed at Juanita Lake Camp--bring camp stove for cooking.
Pyramid Lake Trailhead 1100', Lake 2600'
Hiker only
06/07/19: Snow free and clear of downed trees.

Please help protect the Natural Research Area. CAMPING and FIRES not allowed at Pyramid Lake or along Pyramid Creek.
Rainbow Creek
(Stehekin)
McAlester Pass 6000'
Hiker, stock
Current: Open, Cleared to Rainbow Ford and bridge Installed.

General: Seasonal bridge at Rainbow Ford is removed every fall. Ford may be high or impassable at other times of year.

Southern end of this trail passes through the 2010 Rainbow Bridge Fire zone. There may be new downed trees between Rainbow Ford and Rainbow Bridge camps.
Rainbow Lake Rainbow Lake 5630', Bowan Pass 6200'
Hiker, stock
09/03/19: There is a bee's nest in between Dan's camp and Bowan Pass, many hikers report getting stung!

General conditions: Must ford Bridge Creek at South Fork Camp.
Rainbow Loop
(Stehekin)
Elevation 1200' to 2200'
Hiker, stock
06/10/19: Trail is clear, few down trees.

General Conditions: Southern end of this trail passes through the 2010 Rainbow Bridge Fire zone. There may be new down trees between Lower Rainbow Loop TH and Rainbow Bridge camp. Trail from Bench Creek to Stehekin can be dry and dusty.
Sourdough / Pierce Mountain Trailhead at 900', Sourdough Camp at 5055'. Lookout is at 5968'
Hiker only
09/06/2019:
The trail is dusty and water sources are limited to the first creek crossed in the first 1/2 mile, and a trickle further up. There is NO WATER at Sourdough Camp. Prepare to carry water from the first creek.


General Conditions: The ridgeline trail can be difficult to follow. Cairns mark the trail just east of the lookout. East of Pierce Mountain Camp the trail is somewhat difficult to follow due to brush and downed trees. After snow-melt, no water available on Pierce Mountain Trail except from pools at Pierce Mountain Camp which will dry up as the summer progresses. Carry plenty of water if ascending the trail from the junction with Big Beaver Trail.

Hard-sided food canister required at Sourdough and Pierce Mountain Camps June 1 - Nov. 15. Pets and hunting are not allowed past the National Park boundary (about 2 miles from trailhead).
Stetattle Creek Trailhead at 900'
Hiker only
General: Several challenging trail sections in the first 1/4 mile where the creek has eroded the bank and trail (some scrambling and hand holds). Not recommended for beginners or families with small children.
Stiletto Spur / Stiletto Peak 4000' to ~6100'

Hiker, stock
Current: Unknown

General: Route-finding required to reach the location of the old fire lookout on a sub-peak of Stiletto Ridge. Trail receives only light maintenance. Trail fades out in meadows at ~6100'.
In Stiletto Cross-Country Zone, which includes Siletto Lake, CAMPING PERMITS REQUIRED - STOVES ONLY, NO FIRES.

Stiletto Spur: General - Stock parties have a difficult approach to both sides of ford of State Creek. The foot log crossing over State Creek is not recommended for use. Ford can be impassable after large rain/snow events. Stock parties should use Pacific Crest Trail instead.
Stehekin River
(Stehekin)
1200'
Hiker only
08/21/2019: Trail is open.

General Conditions: In 2015, this trail was used as a fire break for the Wolverine Fire--expect to see many cut trees. Trail often floods during spring snow-melt and high water events. Trail access is from south end of Stehekin airstrip.
Summit Trail
(Stehekin)
Juanita Lake 6800', high point 7440'
Hiker, stock
Current: Unknown
Thornton Lake Trailhead 3000', ridge above lake is 5000', Thornton Lake 4500'
Hiker only
07/24/2019: Cougar spotted on trail, use caution and travel in groups if possible.

General Conditions: The trail from the ridge to the lakeshore is steeper than most trails and can be very slippery when wet or icy. Crossing the lake outlet requires crossing a logjam, use caution. Not recommended for families with small children.
Food canisters required at Thornton Lakes Camp June 1 - Nov.
Thunder Creek Colonial Creek Campground at 1200', Park Creek Pass at 6100'

Hiker, stock
2018 Update: Thunder Creek Bridge at McAllister Camp washed out during high water in fall of 2017. There is currently no bridged access over Thunder Creek to McAllister Hiker Camp.

07/16/19: Trail between Thunder Basin and Thunder Basin Stock camps is brushy, some down trees on trail slow down travel. Ford of Thunder Creek is difficult mid-day, scout for a location where water level is lower.
General: Ford of Thunder Creek north of Thunder Basin Stock can be high or impassable during spring run-off or after heavy rains.

Food canisters required for camping at Thunder Basin Camp June 1 - Nov. 15. Stoves only, no fires at Thunder Basin Camp.
Thunder Knob 1200' to 1875'
Hiker only
Open and Clear.
Upper Stehekin Valley Trail
(old road from Bridge Creek Camp to Cottonwood Camp)
Bridge Creek Camp (2200') to Cottonwood Camp(2800')
Hiker, Stock
07/16/19: Trail is clear. Flat Creek camp is currently closed due to hazard trees.

 
 

Last updated: September 14, 2019

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