East Fork Buttermilk Trail #420 - Okanogan, WA
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East Fork Buttermilk Trail #420
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East Fork Buttermilk Trail #420 follows an old road bed to the creek crossing at 2 miles, parts of the road have been reclaimed by mountain alder and can be brushy in a few short sections. The wide clearing for the road continues for another 2 miles, and then becomes a trail. The trail traverses lodgepole pine and subalpine fir forest to nearly the pass.
Near the pass, some remnant sedge meadows give way to a talus-choked basin to the pass. The beginning of this route was a scheme to reach Stehekin and the gold fields. It's an easy route up until the last mile to the pass, which is strenuous. This forested hike is cool during the hot summer, with limited views until near the pass. Hoodoo Pass and Hoodoo Basin, south of the area, are brilliant, as the subalpine larch trees turn golden with the shorter days of autumn.
The Hoodoo Basin Trail intersects with the Chelan Summit Trail at 1.3 miles. It is extremely wet and hard on stock to use in the spring. This trail is 6.5 miles long.

Facilities: There are no facilities provided at East Fork Buttermilk Trail #420.

Best Time To Visit: East Fork Buttermilk Trail #420 is open late-June through mid-October.

Fees: A parking fee is charged.

Accessibility: This trail is not handicap accessible.

Rules: Do not litter. No motorized or mechanized vehicles.

Directions: To reach East Fork Buttermilk Trail #420 from Okanogan, start out going southeast on Norman Street for less than 0.1 miles. Turn right onto WA-215 for 0.1 miles. Continue onto WA-215 for 0.9 miles. Continue onto WA-20 for 31.2 miles. Turn left onto Twisp River Road for less than 0.1 miles. From Twisp, take Okanogan County Road 9114 (Twisp River Road) west for about 11 miles, turn left onto Forest Service Road 43 and follow the road for about 6 miles. Turn left again on FS Road 4300400 and follow it for about 3.2 miles to the trailhead.

Map: Click here for a map to East Fork Buttermilk Trail #420

Reservations: Reservations are not needed or accepted for East Fork Buttermilk Trail #420.

Methow Valley Ranger District-Okanogan National Forest
24 West Chewuch Road
Winthrop, Washington 98862
General: (509) 996-4003
Fax: (509) 996-2206
TTY: (509) 996-0000
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