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Chewuch River Trail

North Cascades > Pasayten
48.8231, -120.0197 Map & Directions
37.4 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
3,300 feet
Highest Point
6,900 feet
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  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Waterfalls
  • Ridges/passes
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The Chewuch River Trail provides access to the very popular Cathedral Lakes area on the Boundary trail. Walk through a burn zone, lodgepole pine, and meadows as you travel deep into the Pasayten Wilderness. Continue reading

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Hiking Chewuch River Trail

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.

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Hike Description Written by
McKenzie Carlson, WTA Correspondent

Chewuch River Trail

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.8231, -120.0197 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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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

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).

More Hike Details


North Cascades > Pasayten

Chewuch (#510)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Methow Valley Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

100 HIkes in Washington's North Cascades National Park Region (Spring, Manning 1994)

Green Trails: Coleman Peak, WA No. 20

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