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Chewuch River Trail

North Cascades

Location

North Cascades -- Pasayten
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Length

37.4 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 6900 ft.

Rating

3.50 out of 5

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WTA worked here: 2019
 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed from the trailhead to the junction of Trail 534 due to the Cub Creek Fire
 
 

Walk through a 2001 burn site as you travel deep into the Pasayten Wilderness. Meander along the Chewuch River, passing by Chewuch Falls after about 2.5 miles. This trail features prominent views of the surrounding peaks and mountains, lakes, and eventually access to the Boundary Trail.

Begin from the Thirtymile Trailhead as you closely follow the Chewuch River. Thirtymile Peak is visible on your right and Kay, Coleman, and Reed Peaks are on the left. Be sure to stop and visit Chewuch Falls as you make your way to the first junction. This portion of the trail goes directly through the burn zone. Admire the power of wildfires as you pass charred trees, though be alert as they are more susceptible to falling over in strong winds.

It is also possible to start this hike from the Chewuch Trailhead. This shorter section of trail descends steeply to meet up with the main trail after 1.8 miles. Continue straight (or to the right from the Thirtymile Trailhead) and quickly come upon Pocket Lake and the next junction. If you wish to follow Fire Creek, turn left. Otherwise, stay straight through this and the next junction, which also comes up quickly.

Continue to follow the river as you wind around a ridge, past the junction with the Tungsten Trail. Stay left. As you walk along, notice Saddle Peak to the right and Apex Mountain behind it. On the left, Cal Peak may be visible, and quickly come upon Remmel Mountain. You can take a detour and visit Four Point Lake.

The trail continues through the pine trees until the last two miles, which ascend quickly through meadows and the subalpine zone. This last portion of the hike provides many hikers with their ultimate destination. Remmel Lake is on the right directly off the trail. Many hikers use the Chewuch trail to reach the Cathedral Lakes, Cathedral Peak, Cathedral Pass and Amphitheater Mountain on the Boundary Trail. Due to heavy use, some of the trail and lakeside areas have been damaged. Please be sure to Leave No Trace and protect the delicate ecosystem.

This trail is part of WTA's Lost Trails Campaign. Learn more about how we're saving lost trails across the state here.

 

Chewuch River Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.8263, -120.0195 Open map in new window

Trailhead

North Cascades -- Pasayten

Chewuch (#510)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Methow Valley Ranger District

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Getting There

From Winthrop, drive north on Okanogan County Road 1213 (West Chewuch Road) until it joins Forest Service Road 51. Then drive for 23 miles to the Thirtymile Trailhead. (About 29 miles total).

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed from the trailhead to the junction of Trail 534 due to the Cub Creek Fire
 

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