Trail Conditions

The suspension bridge over a rushing creek.
The suspension bridge at Rainbow Ford was installed in mid may. Creeks tend to be high in the spring when warm temperatures cause snow to melt. Photo by NPS/J.Herdt.

May 19, 2022
The big day is almost here! The Wilderness Information Center is opening to the public on May 20th. We will be open seven days a week, including holidays, from 7am to 4pm through the beginning of October. If you are interested in obtaining a backcountry permit, be aware that there is still a significant amount of snow on high elevation trails. It has been a cold and rainy spring so far at the North Cascades. Trail crew is working hard to clear the trails of down trees and install hiker bridges, but extreme flooding in November of 2021 has caused trail and road damage. See below for more information.

If you are planning a trip to the wilderness, be sure to check the weather forecast, snow level, and driving conditions beforehand, and leave a detailed itinerary with a friend or family member, including the date and time you plan to exit the backcountry. Backcounty permits are required for all overnight trips in the park.

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.

 

Closures and Notices

Cascade River Road is closed at MP 20 (Eldorado trailhead). Foot traffic is allowed beyond the gate but beware of flooding/washouts by Boston Creek. (5/2/2022)

Thornton Lakes Road is closed at SR 20 due to damage from fall flooding. (5/19/2022). Foot traffic is allowed past the closure.

Ross Lake Boat-In Sites - Ross Lake is expected to reach full pool this season, visit the Boating on Ross Lake page for more information.

Bridge Creek Trail/PCT- NORTH FORK BRIDGE NOT INSTALLED - Expect a temporary bridge late May/early June for hikers only, NO STOCK!

Bear Creek Camp Closed - Camp is closed due to fire damage in the area in September 2021.

Flat Creek Camp Closed - Camp is closed indefinitely due to hazard trees.

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
5/19-Agnes Creek and Agnes Gorge trails have been cleared of down trees.
Baker River Trailhead at 800', trail's end at 900'
Hiker only
No recent report

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
5/21: Big Beaver trail is cleared of down trees to 1/4 a mile before 39 mile stock camp. There is significant down trees down beyond that and the creek has washed out part of the stock camp.
Boulder Creek
(Stehekin)
Trailhead 1200', Purple Pass 6800'
Hiker, Stock
No recent report

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
No recent report

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
5/19- Trail has been cleared of down trees
Cascade Pass /
Sahale Arm/
Horseshoe Basin
Trailhead 3660', Cascade Pass 5400', Sahale Glacier Camp 7600'
Hiker only
No Pets, No Hunting
No recent report

5/19- Cascade River Road is closed at MP 20 (Eldorado trailhead). Foot traffic is allowed beyond the gate but beware of flooding/wash outs by Boston Creek.
Company Creek
(Stehekin)
Trailhead 1200', leaves park at 2500'
Hiker, stock
5/19 - Trails has been cleared of down trees to the USFS boundary.

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
No recent report

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
No recent report

Backcountry permits required for overnight stays at Stiletto Lake; dogs not permitted.
Desolation Peak Trailhead 1605', Lookout 6108'
Hiker only
No recent report

Food storage canisters required at Desolation Camp June 1 - Nov. 15.
Devils Dome Loop Trailhead 2000', high point (Devil's Dome): 7000'
Horse, hiker
No recent report

General: Bridge over Canyon Creek is still damaged, hikers must start at East Bank TH or ford the creek if the water level is low enough.
Devore Creek
(Stehekin)
NPS boundary at 2000'
Hiker only
5/19 - Trail has been cleared of down trees.

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
No recent report
East Bank /
Hozomeen Lake
Trailhead 1800', Hozomeen Lake (highest pt.) ~2900'
Hiker, stock
No recent report

General: Roland Creek can be a wet ford during periods of high stream flows.
Easy Pass / Fisher Creek Trailhead 3700', pass 6400'
Hiker only
No recent report
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
No recent report

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
No recent report

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
9/30- The Chilliwack Trail is closed from the junction of Copper Ridge trail to the north terminus. Bear Creek camp remains closed.

No recent report

General: Cablecar over the Chilliwack replaced on 10/2019
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
No recent report.
Heather / Maple Pass
(Rainy Pass)
Trailhead: 5476' - High point: 6650'
Hiker only
No recent report
Hidden Lake Trailhead 3700', Hidden Lake: 5700', Hidden Lake Lookout: 6,700'
Hiker only
Pets not allowed in the National Park
5/17- You cannot drive all the way to the trailhead due to snow on the road. Be prepared to walk 1/2 mile on the road before getting to the trailhead. The trail is completely covered in snow, and hard to locate in many places. Be prepared for snow travel immediately. There were signs of recent avalanche activity above the trail in multiple locations.


Road is rough and parking is limited, high clearance vehicle and 4 wheel drive highly 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
No recent report.

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
5/19 - Trail has been cleared of down trees to the NPS boundary

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.
No recent report

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
No recent report
McGregor Mountain
(Stehekin)
Trailhead 1700',Heaton Camp 7000'
Hiker, stock
No recent report

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
No recent report

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
No recent report. Expect recently downed trees and snow along the trail as well as high creek crossings.

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 6/30-Temporary bridge installed at North Fork crossing for hikers only. NO STOCK. This bridge was removed November 1st 2021 and will be reinstalled in early June.


Aggressive bear activity has been reported in all the camps along the PCT, especially Fireweed and South Fork. Remember to store your food and all scented items properly at all times!

General: Bears are common along this drainage. Be vigilant about keeping camps clean and use food storage lockers. Report all bear sightings to rangers at any North Cascades National Park contact station
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

5/19-Trail has been cleared of down trees along the Old Wagon Road from High Bridge to Shady camp

Agnes Creek Trail: Trail has been cleared of down trees, but look out for high creek crossings and snow at higher elevations.

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
No recent report

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
No recent report
Purple Creek / War Creek Trailhead 1200', Purple Pass 6900', War Creek Pass 6500'
Hiker, stock
No recent report

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
No recent report

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
5/19: The Rainbow Creek trail is cleared of down trees to Rainbow Ford. The suspension bridge by Rainbow Ford has been installed, there is a lot of snow on the trail after the bridge.

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 / Bowan Pass Rainbow Lake 5630', Bowan Pass 6200'
Hiker, stock

No recent report

Aggressive bear activity has been reported in all the camps along the PCT, especially Fireweed and South Fork. Remember to store your food and all scented items properly at all times!
General conditions: Must ford Bridge Creek at South Fork Camp or use foot log.
Rainbow Loop
(Stehekin)
Elevation 1200' to 2200'
Hiker, stock
5/19 - Trail has been cleared of 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
No recent report.

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
No recent report. Expect recently downed trees along the trail, high creek crossings and snow at higher elevations.

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
No recent report.

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
5/19 - Trail has been cleared of down trees.

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
No recent report
Thornton Lake Trailhead 3000', ridge above lake is 5000', Thornton Lake 4500'
Hiker only
No recent report

Ice axe not needed for scramble to Trapper Peak. Some snow still remains. Beware of cornices.

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
5/19- Trail is clear of down trees until Thunder camp, expect more down trees beyond. The bridge just before Tricouni camp was damaged over the winter and is not passable to stock.

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
5/25- Trail is open, please park along SR 20 not in Colonial Creek North.
Upper Stehekin Valley Trail
(old road from Bridge Creek Camp to Cottonwood Camp)
Bridge Creek Camp (2200') to Cottonwood Camp(2800')
Hiker, Stock
5/19: The Bridge Creek/ Pacific Crest Trail has been cleared of down trees from High Bridge to Shady camp

Flat Creek camp is currently closed due to hazard trees.

 
 
 

Last updated: May 25, 2022

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