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Beauty Creek

North Cascades > Methow/Sawtooth
48.6626, -120.5425 Map & Directions
Length
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1900 feet
Highest Point
5350 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate/Hard
View from Beauty Creek. Photo by Austineats. Full-size image
  • Dogs allowed on leash

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

Wander up this desolate wilderness valley upon a long forgotten trail. A cascading waterfall, and a steep, gravelly trail may be your only friend. Access to this trail is via the well maintained, Robinson Creek Trail. Continue reading

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Hiking Beauty Creek

Wander up this desolate wilderness valley upon a long forgotten trail. A cascading waterfall, and a steep, gravelly trail may be your only friend. Access to this trail is via the well maintained, Robinson Creek Trail.

2.75 miles from the trailhead the Robinson Creek Trail crosses Beauty Creek on a stout bridge. Pause here to view Beauty Creek Falls cascading nearly 800 feet in a series of spectacular drops. Just upstream from the bridge an unsigned trail turns off uphill.

Quickly and with persistence, the Beauty Creek Trail threads it's way uphill. The first half mile the trail seems in competition with the creek as to who can be steeper. The views are never terrific but a few dramatic plunges can be seen. The trail itself is fairly brushy these days and loose gravel coats the twenty degree grade.

After suffering up the trail for 1000 feet, the grade levels out a bit. Expertly crafted, the trail now switches back and forth between talus fields and mature forests. The river crashes down below largely out of sight. At two miles reliable water is found as you cross a creek which descends from an unnamed pond below Robinson Mountain.'

A boot-path to this pond can be found a short distance later, though it's steepness and lack of structure would preclude most hikers from having any interest in it.

It is 1500 feet of gain in under a mile to the pond. Continuing up valley, the Beauty Creek Trail has largely been abandoned. Another half mile there is a hunter's camp and several very nice riverside tent sites. Enjoy your seclusion and perhaps swim in one of the holes.

Toilet Information

  • No toilet at trailhead

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Hike Description Written by
Austin Smith, WTA Correspondent

Beauty Creek

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.6626, -120.5425 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

The Beauty Creek Trail is accessed a few miles down the Robinson Creek Trail. This trailhead, is accessible from Winthrop. Drive west on Highway 20 for 15 miles. Turn right onto Lost River Road. Drive for a half-mile and turn left to continue on Lost River Road. Continue 7.5 miles on pavement and a further mile and a quarter on gravel FR 5400 to the Robinson Creek Trailhead on the right side of road.

Amenities at the trailhead are Trailhead Information sign, picnic table, vault toilet.

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Trailhead

North Cascades > Methow/Sawtooth

Beauty Creek (#579)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Methow Valley Ranger District

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