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West Fork Buttermilk

North Cascades > Methow/Sawtooth
48.3111, -120.3368 Map & Directions
Length
15.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
3615 feet
Highest Point
7480 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Established campsites
  • Rivers

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Northwest Forest Pass

Hike this 7.4 mile forested trail in the Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness. You'll wander among gorgeous stands of ponderosa pines and larches, reaching 7,480 feet at Fish Creek Pass. Continue reading

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Hiking West Fork Buttermilk

Hike this 7.4 mile forested trail in the Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness. You'll wander among gorgeous stands of ponderosa pines and larches, reaching 7,480 feet at Fish Creek Pass.

Here, the West Fork Buttermilk Trail it connects with the Fish Creek Trail, as well as scramble routes to the popular Star and Courtney Peaks. On the other side of the pass, hikers will find sparkling Star Lake.

WTA has worked annually on this trail, helping clear out damage from fallen trees and cutting brushy areas back.

Note that before you arrive The trail crosses a marshy area that may be difficult for stock, though horses are allowed on this trail. Several stream fords along the route can also run high into July.

WTA worked here in 2016, 2012 and 2010!

West Fork Buttermilk

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.3111, -120.3368 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Northwest Forest Pass

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

Drive 11 miles west on the Twisp River Road and turn left to cross Buttermilk Bridge. Stay left here. The East Fork Buttermilk Road becomes FR 43. Continue down this road for about 4 miles and turn right onto FR4300-500, following the road for about 3 miles to the trailhead at the end of the road.

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Trailhead

North Cascades > Methow/Sawtooth

West Fork Buttermilk (#411)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Methow Valley Ranger District

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West Fork Buttermilk

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