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East Fork Buttermilk Trail - No. 420

Contact Info
Okanogan National Forest
24 West Chewuch
Winthrop, WA 98862

Phone:
509-996-4003
Basics
Length:
6.5 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Season:
June to Mid-October

Description

The trail follows an old road bed to the creek crossing at 2 miles, parts of the road have been reclaimed by mountain alder and can be brushy in a few short sections. The wide clearing for the road continues for another 2 miles, and then becomes a trail. The trail traverses lodgepole pine and subalpine fir forest to nearly the pass. Near the pass, some remnant sedge meadows give way to a talus-choked basin to the pass.

The beginning of this route was a scheme to reach Stehekin and the gold fields. It's an easy route up until the last mile to the pass, which is strenuous. This forested hike is cool during the hot summer, with limited views until near the pass. Hoodoo Pass and Hoodoo Basin, south of the area, are brilliant, as the subalpine larch trees turn golden with the shorter days of autumn. The Hoodoo Basin Trail intersects with the Chelan Summit Trail at 1.3 miles.

It is extremely wet and hard on stock to use in the spring.

No motorized or mechanized vehicles. Wilderness use restrictions apply.

Northwest Forest Pass required.

Details

Length:
6.5 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Season:
June to Mid-October
Useful Map(s):
USGS: Hoodoo Peak.;Green Trails: Buttermilk Butte, Prince Creek

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