Hiking The Larch Creek Trail

The 53rd most popular hiking trail in Washington.

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Northwest of Winthrop, the 16 mile Larch Creek Trail is a heavily traveled hiking trail into a popular horse-use area. Highpoint is the McCall-Timberwolf Divide at 7,640 feet. From the trailhead four passes must be crossed to reach Sheep Mountain area. Good views of the Pasayten from different angles. North of Larch Pass there are many opportunities for scenic ridge walking. Beyond Larch Pass the trail follows mostly open rolling meadows and ridges above timberline. Many side trips are possible to lakes, high basins, or scramble routes up easy peaks. Lakeshores are very fragile areas and deserve special care from the wilderness user. Please use camps well away from the lakeshore. Stock is not permitted to graze or stand tied within 200 feet of the lakeshore.

Stock ramps, hitching rails and toilets are available at Billy Goat Trailhead.

To reach the hiking trailhead from Winthrop, head north on Okanogan County Road 1213 (West Chewuch Road) for 9 miles. Turn left on to the Forest Service Road 5130 follow the signs for 17 miles to the Billy Goat Trailhead. Travel the Hidden Lakes Trail 477 for 4 miles to Drake Creek; Larch Creek trails branches at this point.

Overall, Larch Creek Trail is the 53rd most popular hiking trail of all 56 hikes in Washington. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Larch Creek Trail including Devils Ridge Trail and Gallagher Lake / Van Eppe Pass.


Local Contact(s):  Okanogan National Forest (509) 996-4003; WA Tourism (800) 544-1800.

Recommended Book:  "Backpacking Washington" from Craig Romano

Best Season:  Jun. - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS Poplar Flat CG; NFS Early Winter Campground, Mazama

Luxury Loding:  Sun Mountain Lodge (800) 572-0493; Freestone Inn (800) 639-3809.

Breakfast Restaurant:  NOVA Coffee House, Winthrop

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/okawen

Date Published:  12/30/2015

Date Updated:  7/21/2016

ID:  19531


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