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Oval Lakes

North Cascades


North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth
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6.0 miles, one-way



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Northwest Forest Pass

Most of this trail was burned over in the 2018 Crescent Fire and much of the trail is dry and dusty during the summer.

This route climbs to an old moraine, below Gray Peak, continues up to the Chelan Summit Trail, travels across a fragile slope to a pass east of Gray Peak, and then descends into the basin towards Middle Oval Lake where the maintained trail terminates.

At the outflow of Middle Oval Lake, you can scramble to Oval Peak and the summits of Buttermilk Ridge, where there are unforgettable views of surrounding ridges and peaks are captivating. Spend some time at the pass below Gray Peak or consider scrambling on a couple routes to the summit, for an indescribable view of the Cascade Range with Glacier Peak glistening and dominating the horizon.

Good stock camping in the basin above Middle Oval Lake with graze available. Fishing is good in the lakes. Stock users should travel with care as the burnt up ground sometimes gives way under heavier weights.


Oval Lakes

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Co-ordinates: 48.3526, -120.4070 Open map in new window


North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

Oval Lakes (#410.2)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Methow Valley Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: North Cascades (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

Getting There

From Twisp, take Twisp River Road (Okanogan County Road 9114) west for 11 miles, then take West Buttermilk Road (County Road 1050) across Twisp River. This road continues as Forest Service Road 4420 for 3.1 miles. Turn left on Eagle Creek Road (Forest Service Road 4420-080) to the end, about 2 miles, to the Eagle Creek Trailhead.

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Northwest Forest Pass

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