24 West Chewuch
Winthrop, WA 98862
- 18.1 miles
- July to September
A ridge and side hill trail linking the northern Pacific Crest and East Bank trails. Trail drops into timber of Big Face Creek and back to meadows in Elbow Basin. There is a long descent in timber to Three Fools Creek and the park boundary. The East Bank Trail is about 4.5 miles beyond the boundary.
The trail offers good views of Jack, Hozomeen, and the Pickett Range.
This trail is the natural continuation of Boundary Trail No. 533, which ends at Castle Pass. The Elbow Basin Trail is not as high standard a trail as No. 533.
There is horse feed and occasional water available, but there are few useable campsites on a long, arduous trail.
The trail is difficult to follow in places, especially in meadow where the tread is often absent.
This trail usually melts out late compared to most trails in the wilderness.
Stock users should use caution due to tread slippage on steep side hills.