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Pasayten Drive

North Cascades > Methow/Sawtooth
48.1906, -120.2349 Map & Directions
Length
1.2 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain
1320 feet
Highest Point
4300 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate
Historical Marker for Stock Drive. Photo by Rolan Shomber. Full-size image
  • Dogs allowed on leash

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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This 10-mile motorcycle trail has an interesting section for hikers, a steep 1.2 mile climb that provides access to the east end of the Foggy Dew Ridge Trail, with its remote feel. Continue reading

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Hiking Pasayten Drive

The Pasayten Drive trail was one of many stock driveways in the Methow Valley. The remaining 10-mile portion goes from South Fork Gold Creek Road to Crater Creek Road, with an intermediate access at Foggy Dew Creek Road. Along the way, it crosses three ridges, South Fork Ridge, Middle Fork Ridge and Foggy Dew Ridge. This is a motorcycle route and most of the trail maintenance is done by motorcycle organizations.

Why is it in the Hiking Guide? For hikers, the forested section of interest is from Foggy Dew Road to Foggy Dew Ridge. The multi-use Foggy Dew Ridge Trail provides a more remote experience, and views, than the heavily used Foggy Dew Creek Trail.

Starting from the pullout, elevation 2980 feet, the Pasayten Drive trail immediately heads into the forest for 0.3 miles in  a steep climb, flowered in early summer, to an abandoned road. The next 0.5 mile follows the road bed at a somewhat shallower grade. Then it’s back to a steep trail.

After 0.2 mile back on trail, note the “2” and “7” signs on the north side of a large tree over a blaze – a remnant of the old stock drive. After 0.2 mile more, reach the unmarked junction with the Foggy Dew Ridge Trail, elevation 4300 feet. Go left for the ridge and right to continue on the Pasayten Drive Trail over the ridge and down to Crater Creek Road.

WTA Pro Tip: The combination of Pasayten Drive, Foggy Dew Ridge, Martin Creek, Foggy Dew Creek trails, and a mile of road walking make a challenging 15-mile loop hike with 4500 feet of elevation gain.

Hike Description Written by
Rolan Shomber, WTA Correspondent

Pasayten Drive

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.1906, -120.2349 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 trail is reached via the unmarked Pasayten Drive trailhead or the Foggy Dew Creek trailhead. Access starts from the Gold Creek Loop Road which has two intersections with State Route 153.

From Carleton, go south on State Route 153 for 3.5 miles and turn right onto Gold Creek Loop Road. Follow Gold Creek Loop Road for 1.6 miles and turn right onto Gold Creek Road.

From Methow, go north of State Route 153 for 5.8 miles and turn left onto Gold Creek Loop Road. Follow Gold Creek Loop Road for 0.8 miles and turn left onto Gold Creek Road.

Once on Gold Creek Road follow it for 5.0 miles. Turn left on USFS Road 4340-200, Foggy Dew Rd and follow it for 2.4 miles to the start of a left-turn switchback. The trail is on the right.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

North Cascades > Methow/Sawtooth

Pasayten Drive (#405)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Methow Valley Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

Golden Lakes Trails (Amazing Maps)

USGS Hungry Mountain Quadrangle (7.5 minute, 2017)

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