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West Fork Pasayten River

North Cascades


North Cascades -- Pasayten
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33.0 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 7200 ft.


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The West Fork Pasayten River trail is perfect for hikers seeking solitude or hoping to spot a moose. Follow the trail as it descends steeply from Slate Peak and meanders through alpine meadows.

Beginning from the trailhead near Slate Peak, hike north, enjoying broad views, including 7,855 foot Pasayten Peak and Gold Ridge to the east. The trail skirts the river, crossing multiple creeks along the way. After 8.8 miles, keep right at the junction to stay on the West Fork Pasayten Trail (472). There are several established campsites along the trail.

Continue another 7 miles to rejoin the West Fork Pasayten River. This is a popular pack trail, so stay alert and remember to yield to pack animals.

Once you arrive at the junction with Robinson Creek (478), you have many more miles of wandering at your disposal. Head north to the abandoned Pasayten Airstrip, east to Tatoosh Buttes, or hop onto Buckskin Ridge (498) and hike south back to Slate Peak. Keep in mind that the Buckskin Ridge trail, while gorgeous, is more difficult than the West Fork Pasayten River trail.

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West Fork Pasayten River

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Co-ordinates: 48.7338, -120.6752 Open map in new window


North Cascades -- Pasayten

West Fork Pasayten River (#472)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Methow Valley Ranger District

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Getting There

From Mazama on Hwy 20, follow the Lost River Road 7 miles and turn right to stay on NF-5400. Continue 10 miles and turn right to stay on NF-5400. In 2.3 miles, you’ll reach a green gate. Park here, and take the signed trail down the road past the gate.

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Northwest Forest Pass

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