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Tungsten

North Cascades

Location

North Cascades

Length

6.2 miles, one-way

Elevation

Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 6800 ft.

Rating

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Connect between the Chewuch River Trail and the Boundary Trail as you delve deep into the Pasayten Wilderness. Pass through lodgepole pine forests and meadows on your way to views of stunning peaks. Be sure not to miss the trail's most famous attraction, the tungsten mine. Discovered in 1898, the mine was active on and off until the 1950's. Today, you can still see several buildings and leftover mining equiptment. However, due to its popularity, much of the area is heavily impacted. Be sure to respect the historic site and Leave No Trace.

The Tungsten Trail starts after breaking off from the Chewuch Trail after just over 8 miles. Begin from the Thirtymile Trailhead, and once you have reached the junction with Tungsten, turn right. The trail climbs fairly steeply at first through the trees with a few switchbacks. Listen for the sound of Big Horn and Horseshoe Creeks and a nearby waterfall, though you won't be able to see them.

Once you have climbed up the ridge, walk along a sidehill through a meadow. To your left, Saddle Peak sits brilliantly in the summer sun. Cross Cinch Creek and continue along the sidehill until you reach the mine. It was discovered by the international Boundary Survey crew and was most active in 1915-1918. To the left, Apex Mountain dominates the view. Tungsten Lake sits high on the peak as well.

Finish your journey climbing steadily towards Wolframite Mountain in front of you and Tungsten Creek to the left. Connect to the Boundary trail to explore more of the Pasayten, or turn around and head home. In the summer, wildflowers are abundant. There are campsites along the trail, including one a mile past the junction with the Boundary Trail that offers horsefeed.

This trail is part of WTA's Lost Trails Campaign. Learn more about how we're saving lost trails across the state here.

 

Tungsten

Map & Directions

Trailhead

North Cascades

Tungsten (#534)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Methow Valley Ranger District

Getting There

No trailhead.
Use the Thirtymile Trailhead. From Winthrop drive north on Okanogan County Road 1213 (West Chewuch Road) until it joins Forest Service Road 51. Then drive for 29 miles to the Thirtymile Trailhead.

 

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