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Lake Creek

North Cascades > Pasayten
48.7828, -120.1617 Map & Directions
37.8 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
2600 feet
Highest Point
5800 feet
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  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Lakes

Visit beautiful Black Lake on your way to Ashnola Pass and the Boundary trail. Enjoy views of peaks and plenty of wildflowers as you make your way through this 2003 burn zone. Continue reading

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Hiking Lake Creek

The Lake Creek trail is an extension of the Black Lake trail and takes hikers farther into the Pasayten Wilderness. It is a great option for early season hiking due to its low elevation and moderate elevation gain. Soak in views of a devastating 2003 wildfire that has left behind burned trees and abundant foliage. Past Black Lake, enjoy glimpses of ridges and the sounds of Lake Creek as you follow it deeper into the Wilderness. 

The trail begins from the Lake Creek Trailhead and continues among groves of trees as it closely follows Lake Creek. On a sunny day, be sure to bring sunscreen and water - most of the trail is exposed to the sun. After four miles, reach Black Lake and enjoy views of the Black Lake Ridge. There are campsites available at the lake where you can stay or take a break before continuing on.

Past the lake, the trail continues to roll through the valley along Lake Creek towards Ashnola Pass and Fawn Lake. 5.6 miles past Black Lake, there is a junction. Continue to the right. About 2.5 miles past the junction, reach the pass and stop for a break at the lake. In the summer, enjoy sights of wildflowers such as twin flowers, tiger lilies, columbine, and many others throughout the trail.

Once you are done enjoying the lake, continue down the trail for another 6.8 miles until you connect directly to the Boundary Trail. Along the way, off to the right there is an unmaintained trail that takes you to Peepsight Mountain for those looking for a detour. Just be sure to bring proper navigation tools and skills. In the last leg of the trip, enjoy views of Van Peak and Freds Mountain on the right.

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Hike Description Written by
McKenzie Carlson, WTA Correspondent

Lake Creek

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.7828, -120.1617 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 take Okanogan County Road 1213 (West Chewuch Road) north about 6 miles to where it joins with Forest Service Road 51. Continue north, about 18 miles and just after the Lake Creek bridge, turn left on Forest Service Road 51-100 and drive 2 miles to the Lake Creek Trailhead.

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North Cascades > Pasayten

Lake Creek (#500)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Methow Valley Ranger District

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