Trail Conditions

Cascade River Road in snow Oct 26
Winter has arrived in full force at Cascade Pass. Photo by NPS.

October 27, 2022

The seasons are changing rapidly in the North Cascades, we skipped over fall and went right to winter! Snow has started to accumulate at high elevations in the park, be prepared if you plan to venture out.

The Wilderness Information Center in Marblemount is closed for the season. Permits are required year round for overnight trips in the park. Self-issue permits are available at the kiosk in front of the Wilderness Information Center. You can submit a self-issue permit via email, find instructions on the Backcounty Permits page.

The days are shorter and the nights are cold - plan ahead and pack accordingly. Be prepared for varied weather conditions. 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.

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

 

Closures and Notices

Trail and camp closures in effect due to fire activity. The Copper Loop will remain closed through the 2023 summer season, hikers are unable to complete the loop. A portion of the Copper Ridge Trail is open between Boundary and Copper Lake camps. Trail closures are listed in each area drop down area below. Camp closures are listed on the Fire Closures page.

Cascade River Road is closed for the winter season at milepost 20 (Eldorado), three miles before the Cascade Pass trailhead. Do not block the road and gate when parking (10/27/2022).

The Silver Skagit Rd to Hozomeen is closed due to washouts. Significant flooding from November 2021 has damaged the road, there is no current access to Ross Lake or the Hozomeen campground via Canada. (6/17/2022)
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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- The temporary bridge at North Fork and Maple Creek will be removed for the season on Nov 1st, 2022.

Hard-sided food canisters are required at select backcountry camps and cross-country areas. More information on food storage requirements

 

Current Trail Conditions

Current trail conditions are reported by rangers and trail crew, and updated as frequently as possible. Please read the "general" condition for each trail when there is no recent update available.

Trail Name Elevation and Trail Type Reported Conditions
Big Beaver / Ross Dam Ross Dam Trailhead at 2100'
Big Beaver Camp 1600'
Beaver Pass 3654'
Hiker, Stock
8/4-Trail clear to Luna camp, There are some down trees up to the pass. The little beaver trail from Stillwell to Perry creek is very challenging with many blow down and large section where wash outs have made navigation difficult and bushwhacking a guarantee. Large sections of the trail are underwater. BLUE FLAGGING has been put up to help navigate those sections, follow the blue flagging.
 
Little Beaver (Ross Lake to Whatcom Pass) Ross Lake 1600', Stillwell Camp 2500',
Whatcom Pass 5200'
Hiker only from Little Beaver to Stillwell
10/26-Trail is closed at Whatcom Pass due to fire activity.
8/4 
The little beaver trail from Stillwell to Perry creek is very challenging with many blow down and large section where wash outs have made navigation difficult and bushwhacking a guarantee. Large sections of the trail are underwater. BLUE FLAGGING has been put up to help navigate those sections, follow the blue flagging.

General: Perry Creek and Redoubt Creek present difficult crossings in early seasons despite foot logs (may or may not be present).

Trail Name Elevation and Trail Type Reported Conditions
Thunder Creek (Colonial Creek Campground to Park Creek Pass) Trailhead (Colonial Creek Campground) 1200'
Park Creek Pass 6100'
Hiker, stock
8/4 - Creek fording at Thunder Basin Stock camp is about knee deep midday. Trail is very brushy in sections between Skagit Queen camp and Two Mile camp. Vegetation is covered with tent caterpillars from treeline on Park Creek Trail to Five Mile camp.

6/8 The bridge over Fisher Creek near Tricouni camp 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.
Fourth of July Pass Thunder Creek trail junction 1300'
Fourth of July Pass 3500'
Hiker only
No campfires allowed--please bring a camp stove if camping at Fourth of July Camp.
Panther Creek Trailhead 1800', Panther Camp ~2000'
Fourth of July Pass 3500'
Hiker only
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.
Easy Pass / Fisher Creek Trailhead 3700', Easy Pass 6400'
Hiker only
No camping at Easy Pass
Park Creek (Park Creek Pass to Upper Stehekin Valley Trail) Stehekin River 2300',
Park Creek Pass 6100'
Hiker, stock
No camping at Park Creek Pass

Trail Name Elevation and Trail Type Reported Conditions
Desolation Trailhead 1605', Camp 5560'
Lookout 6108'
Hiker only
8/16 - As of this date still has water running about halfway up the trail before camp

7/26 - Snow free. Last water source 1/2 up to lookout. Dwindling source.

Food storage canisters required at Desolation Camp June 1 - Nov. 15.
Devils Dome Loop Trailhead 2000',
high point (Devil's Dome): 7000'
Horse, hiker
9/26 Devils Dome Loop re-opened. Devils Ridge Trail #752 is still closed east of Devil’s Pass

8/4 - Visitor reports of good trail conditions, few downed trees, and snow still existing on north facing/shaded sections of ridgelines.

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.
East Bank / Hozomeen Lake East Bank Trailhead 1800',
Hozomeen Lake (highest point) ~2900'
Hiker, stock

6/30 - Nightmare bridge is closed, hikers can ford the river or find a log crossing. Trail is cleared of down trees all the way to Hozomeen.

General: Roland Creek can be a wet ford during periods of high stream flows
Happy Panther 1700 - 2000'
Hiker, stock
8/4 - Trail is clear.
Jack Mountain East Bank Trail (2000')
NPS boundary (5900')
Little Jack summit at 6750'.
Hiker only
6/24 - First mile of trail has been cleared of downed trees.

General: Trail is not maintained on a regular basis, some sections can be overgrown, eroded and rough in some places. No water along trail.

Trail Name Elevation and Trail Type Reported Conditions
Agnes Creek / Bridge Creek / Old Wagon Trail (Pacific Crest Trail) Bridge Creek Trailhead 4600’,
NPS South Boundary 2000’
Hiker, stock
The temporary bridge at North Fork and Maple Creek will be removed for the season on Nov 1st, 2022

7/27- The Bridge Creek trail is cleared of down trees and brushing has begun.

6/9-The temporary bridge at North Fork and Maple Creek has been installed for the season. The bridge over North Fork is not passable to stock.

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.

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
Agnes Gorge Trailhead at 1700', trail ends at 2000'
Hiker only
5/19 - Agnes Creek and Agnes Gorge trails have been cleared of down trees.
Dagger Lake / Twisp Pass Fireweed 3900', Dagger Lake 5508',
Twisp Pass 6100'
Hiker, stock
7/27 - The trail to Twisp Pass is logged out.

Backcountry permits required for overnight stays at Stiletto Lake; dogs not permitted.
North Fork 2800' to 4200'
Hiker, stock
8/16 - A few down logs before Grizzly Creek camp. Trail brushy at spots. Grizzly Creek crossing past camp is about thigh deep - look downstream or upstream for easier crossing. Trail is reported to be barely a trail (very brushy) shortly beyond Grizzly Creek.

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 snowmelt and after large rain events. Trail is often faint and hard to follow in northern-most 2 miles. Grizzly Creek Camp was 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.
Goode Ridge Trailhead 2200', ridge 6600'
Hiker, stock
8/24/22 - Logged out to subalpine area

In Summer: Water only available for the first 1.5 miles. Carry adequate water past this point to stay hydrated.
McAlester Lake / South Pass / Rainbow Creek Fireweed 3900', McAlester Pass 6000',
South Pass 6300', Bench Creek 3800’,
Rainbow Bridge 2040’
Hiker, stock
Rainbow Ford and Rainbow Lake suspension bridge will be removed for the season Oct. 17th

10/2 - McAlester Lake camps are re-opened

8/2 - Flowers and mosquitos out in full force. Trail in great shape on both sides of pass

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 South Fork 3200’, Rainbow Lake 5630',
Bowan Pass 6200'
Hiker, stock

8/4 Trail is clear but very buggy.

General: Must ford Bridge Creek at South Fork Camp or use foot log.
McGregor Mountain Trailhead 1700', Heaton Camp 7000'
Hiker, stock
8/16 Trail in good shape, with a snow patch at the end of the trail (easy to traverse in afternoon) and a small patch on the scramble right below the summit (easy to walk on but on slope; hikers should use caution). Good water at Heaton Camp. Few bugs!

7/1 Not passabile without ice axe to Heaton camp. Snow continuous at 6000'.

General: Food storage canisters are recommended for camping at Heaton Camp -- hanging food can be difficult here. No fires allowed at Heaton Camp.
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 Stiletto 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.

Trail Name Elevation and Trail Type Reported Conditions
Hannegan Pass / Chilliwack River Trailhead 3000', Hannegan Pass 5060', Canadian border 2000'
Hiker, stock
10/26- The Chilliwack River trail is closed east of Boundary camps due to fire activity. 

Bear Creek camp is closed due to fire damage (2021)

General: Cable car 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.
Copper Ridge Copper Lookout: 6260'
Hiker only
10/26- The Copper Ridge trail is closed north of Copper Lake camps due to fire activity. 
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.
Brush Creek (to Whatcom Pass) Whatcom Pass: 5055'
Hiker, Stock
10/26 - The entire Brush Creek trail is closed due to fire activity.

Hard-sided food storage canisters strongly recommended at Whatcom Camp due to limited tree limbs and high animal activity.

Trail Name Elevation and Trail Type Reported Conditions
Cascade Pass / Sahale Arm / Horseshoe Basin Trailhead 3660', Cascade Pass 5400',
Sahale Glacier Camp 7600'
Hiker only. No Pets, No Hunting
10/27- Cascade River Road is closed at milepost 20, the Eldorado parking lot, due to snow. Be prepared for snow travel and winter conditions on the road and trail.

Bears are very active this time of year getting ready for winter, make sure your food is stored properly at all times! Canisters are required at Sahale glacier camp.

General: Cascade River Road typically does not open to Cascade Pass Trailhead until July 1st- condition dependent.
NO CAMPING AT CASCADE PASS, Doubtful Lake, and anywhere along the trail. Camping only allowed at designated camps. Trail typically not snow free until mid-July.

Trail Name Elevation and Trail Type Reported Conditions
Flat Creek 1700' - 2000' Flat Creek camp is currently closed due to hazard trees.
Upper Stehekin Valley Trail / Stehekin Road (old road from Bridge Creek Camp to Cottonwood Camp) Bridge Creek Camp (2200') to Cottonwood Camp(2800')
Hiker, Stock
Basin Creek removable bridge will be removed for the season on Oct. 14 2022

5/19 - The Bridge Creek/ Pacific Crest Trail has been cleared of down trees from High Bridge to Shady camp

Trail Name Elevation and Trail Type Reported Conditions
Boulder Creek Trailhead 1200', Purple Pass 6800'
Hiker, Stock
7/24 - Boulder Butte has only one large snow patch left (likely gone by the end of the week). Middle section of Purple Creek Trail brushy.

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.
Purple Creek / War Creek Trailhead 1200', Purple Pass 6900', War Creek Pass 6500'
Hiker, stock
7/15 - Trail is clear of trees to Purple Pass.

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.
Chelan Summit Juanita Lake 6800', high point 7440'
Hiker, stock
No recent report

Trail Name Elevation and Trail Type Reported Conditions
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.
Diablo Lake Trailhead 1200' - max. 2000'
Hiker only
2/2 - The Ross Jeep tunnel is closed to all traffic. This closure affects hikers intending to use the Ross Haul Road to hike from Diablo Lake Trail to Ross Dam Trail (or vice versa). Portions of Diablo Lake and Ross Dam trails remain accessible.

6/24- Trail is cleared of down trees.
Heather / Maple Pass (Rainy Pass) Trailhead: 5476' - High point: 6650'
Hiker only
10/17- Trail is busy this time of year while larches are turning. Arrive at the Rainy Pass trailhead early to secure a parking spot.

No Camping at Heather/Maple Pass
Hidden Lake Trailhead 3700', Hidden Lake: 5700',
Hidden Lake Lookout: 6,700'
Hiker only
Pets not allowed in the National Park
8/17 - The trail is mostly snow free, with one tiny snow field and one larger snow field. Both are easily navigable with just trekking poles. No spikes needed. Note that it is easy to get lost/confused along the final quarter mile of the trail up to the lookout, so visitors may want to carry GPS. The road leading to the trailhead is rough, but there were many SUVs with moderate clearance at the TH.

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.
Monogram Lake / Lookout Mountain Trailhead 1300', Monogram Lake 4872'
Hiker only
8/2 - The trail is clear of snow besides just a few steps in some small patches.

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 tent pads and separate cooking areas. Do not camp on the lake shore.
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.
Sourdough Lake / Pierce Mountain Trailhead at 900', Sourdough Camp at 5055'. Lookout is at 5968'Hiker only 7/17 - Patchy snowfields begin at 4,800, and consistent snow begins at 5,800. Sourdough Creek (just beyond the camp on the way to the lookout) is easy to cross with no snow bridges at the main crossing area. The trail up to Sourdough Lookout has a significant bootpack, and no snow travel equipment is needed to get to the lookout. Trekking poles are recommended, and microspikes are a nice-to-have but not a need-to-have. There is high bear activity near the lookout.

General: 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 snowmelt, 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.
Thornton Lake Trailhead 3000', ridge above lake is 5000', Thornton Lake 4500'
Hiker only
7/19 - Patchy snow on ridge above the lake. No snow at river crossing. Campsites have mostly melted out.

General: 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 15.
Thunder Knob 1200' to 1875'
Hiker only

5/25 - Trail is open. To access trailhead, park along SR 20 and not in Colonial Creek Campground.

Trail Name Elevation and Trail Type Reported Conditions
Bullion Loop Trail Trailhead 1500'
Hiker, Stock
5/19- Trail has been cleared of down trees
Company Creek 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.
Devore Creek NPS boundary 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.
Lakeshore Trail 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.
Rainbow Loop Trail Elevation 1200' to 2200'
Hiker, stock
8/4 - Trail is clear but very buggy.

General: 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.
Stehekin River Trail 1200'
Hiker only
Trail is cleared of down trees.

General: 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 snowmelt and high-water events. Trail access is from south end of Stehekin airstrip.

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