Trail Conditions

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Signage at McAlester Pass, 6,400' 6/26/22. NPS/J.Strandwitz

June 28, 2022
Spring-like conditions still exist in the alpine. This means high stream flows, challenging creek crossings, and a heightened risk for flooding and washouts. Water levels can fluctuate throughout the day. If you think that you can't cross a creek safely, turn around!

Our Wilderness Rangers are reporting patchy snow starting around 4200' and full coverage above 5000'. Aside from navigating in snow covered sections of trails, other travel hazards will incule snow bridges and downed trees just under the snow surface.

Lower elevation trails are free of snow, but may have not been cleared just yet by Trail Crew. Navigating sections of trail with heavy tree fall can be time consuming. Check in on the trail reports and plan accordingly.

The Wilderness Information Center is 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)

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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East Bank Trail- The bridge by Nightmare camp was damaged over the winter and is unstable. (6/17/2022)

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 has been installed for the season. Hikers only, NO STOCK!- 6/9/22

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
6/16-Baker River Trail CLOSED between the trailhead and the suspension bridge at mile 0.6. Access to Baker River Trail will require access from the Baker Lake Trail from the trailhead at the south end of the lake or one of the boat-in sites on the east bank.

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
6/21: The creek between 39 mile stock and hiker camps is crossable. Visitors can also use a large downed tree that spans the crossing. Downed trees have been reported in the camps. Snow and downed trees reported past Luna Campground.
6/2: Big Beaver trail is cleared of down trees to 39 mile stock camp. There is significant down trees down beyond that and the creek has washed out part of the stock camp. Patchy snow begins just before Luna 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
6/30 - The last two switchbacks getting to Cascade Pass involve walking on thinning snow bridges. The long traverse before reaching Cascade Pass is exposed and heavily snow covered. Getting down to Pelton Basin from Cascade Pass involves navigating a steep snow slope. Ice axe required for safe travels. Be prepared for varied snow conditions (potentially hard/icy in trees and postholing in the open). Hikers going up to Sahale Arm should expect extra travel time and carry ice axes.

6/24 - Snow starts at roughly 4200' elevation. Navigation required.

6/6-Road flooded at Boston Creek-hazardous to cross during spring melt-off. Snow starts at trailhead. Ice axe and/or trekking poles recommended for steep snow travel. Snowshoes or other snow travel devices recommended.

6/6-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 and trees down across the road.
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
6/28 Snow starts patchy at 4500' elevation and is full coverage over 5000'. Ice axe and footwear traction recommended for steep, snow covered sections of trail.

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
6/12 Snow line around 4800'. Camp completely covered in snow. Full snow coverage from campground to lookout. Navigation and steep snow terrain required to reach lookout.

Food storage canisters required at Desolation Camp June 1 - Nov. 15.
Devils Dome Loop Trailhead 2000', high point (Devil's Dome): 7000'
Horse, hiker
6/22 Trail passable to Dry Creek Pass, but many downed trees. Snow level around 5000'. Bridge at dry creek is in good condition.

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
6/24 Trail is cleared.
East Bank /
Hozomeen Lake
Trailhead 1800', Hozomeen Lake (highest pt.) ~2900'
Hiker, stock
6/2-Trail is cleared from HWY 20 to Devils Junction camp. May Creek crossing is reported to be difficult for stock and there is a section of trail where riders would need to dismount in order to avoid a large boulder intruding upon the trail.

If traveling past Lightning Creek, assume all bridges may be unstable due to a flooding event in fall of 2021 and be prepared to ford the crossing. The bridge near Nightmare camp is confirmed to be unstable.

General: Roland Creek can be a wet ford during periods of high stream flows.
Easy Pass / Fisher Creek Trailhead 3700', pass 6400'
Hiker only
5/22-Trail is completely snow covered, parking lot is mostly melted out.
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
5/29 - Trail is free of snow from Colonial Creek Campground 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
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
6/26/22-Same as the 24th, hole in avalanche chute is twice the size today than it was on Friday and is melting fast.
6/24/22- Trail is snow free and in good shape for the first 1 1/4 mile to the first avalanche chute, crossing is not an issue at this time. Then clear of snow to the next avalanche chute. Ice axe and traction recommended.
6/18 Road is open all the way to trailhead. First two miles of trail is clear, followed by steep snow gullies to traverse. Ice axe and appropriate footwear recommended for high consequence run outs.
6/4/22-Snow blocking the road 1/4 mile before trailhead. The first half mile of trail is snow free, after that the trail is entirely snow covered. Snowline is below 4000'. Hannegan pass has 4 or more feet of snow on the ground. Off trail navigation skills recommended.

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

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
6/24 Snow starts at trailhead.
Hidden Lake Trailhead 3700', Hidden Lake: 5700', Hidden Lake Lookout: 6,700'
Hiker only
Pets not allowed in the National Park
6/29 The road to the Hidden Lake trailhead is free of snow, but there are several trees and boulders protruding into the road that require careful naviation. Pot holes are many.
There is patchy snow on the trail starting at 4500' elevation, and at 5100' elevation the snow becomes continuous. Be aware of thinning snow bridges, hard packed or icy snow, and the need for navigation as the trail continues to shed it's winter coat.
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
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.
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
6/27 Three ankle deep stream crossings between Bridge Creek TH and Fire Weed camp. Patchy snow at TH, clearing under 4200' elevation. Fire Weed to McAlester lake has patchy snow starting at 4200' and becoming full coverage before McAlester Lake at 5200' elevation. Snow bridges and 2' plus diameter downed trees will be found intermittently on tail. East Fork McAlester Creek log bridge has been washed out, on 6/27 the crossing was thigh deep and running fast. McAlester Pass is completely snow covered, running water sources are available.
McGregor Mountain
(Stehekin)
Trailhead 1700',Heaton Camp 7000'
Hiker, stock
6/24 Snow starts around 5500' elevation.

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
6/24 Snow line around 4300'. Prior to junction, biggest creek crossing is ankle deep. Navigation in snow is required. Ice axe recommended for steep snow covered sections of trail.

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
6/15 North Fork trail/Grizzly Creek logged out to snow line, about two miles. Avalanche damage/flooding/wash outs to trail in places.
6/11 Bridge Creek to Fire Week campground is 85% snow covered. The trail is 100% snow covered for the first 2 miles with intermittent to full coverage sections to Fire Weed camp. Fire Week hiker campground is snow free, stock camp is 90% snow covered.

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 6/15 PCT Bridge Creek cleared of logs to Maple Creek.
6/9 The temporary bridge at North Fork and Maple Creek has been installed for the season.
The bridge over North Fork is not passeable to stock. Trail has been cleared of down trees from High Bridge to Bridge Creek camp.

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
6/25- Trail is clear of down trees to the bridge over Panther Creek. There are a few down trees and a snowdrift between the bridge and the camp, visitors report many down trees on the trail between Panther and Fourth of July camps.

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
6/24 Snow exists in shaded and drainage areas. Be aware of this snow bridges.

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
6/22 Trail is mostly clear except for a few downed trees. Snow line around 4500'. Sourdough camp is completely coverd in snow.
6/4 - Snow begins at Park boundary ~ 4,100ft. Hikers will need to use GPS to navigate steep snow with appropriate gear, ice axe necessary. Snow can be hard in the trees and soft in the opening – thin snow bridges are forming over creeks.

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
6/22 Snow line starts around 4200'. The scramble to Trapper Peak is partially melted out with steep snow travel and ice axe recommended. Large conices exist on the ridge.
6/17 - Road is now open all the way to trailhead. Expect many trees down on the trail as well as significant snow above 4500 feet.


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
6/26 Snow line at about 4300’. Thunder Basin camp is under snow. River crossing 3’ deep. 6/15 Trail is clear to 4th of July Pass.
6/8 - The bridge over Fisher Creek near Tricouni camp is not passible to stock.

6/2 - The trail between Colonial Creek Campground and Fourth of July camps is snow-free. Trail is cleared of down trees to McAllister camp. 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. To access trailhead, park along SR 20 and not in Colonial Creek Campground.
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.

 
 
 

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