The first thing to note is that the Green Trails map, the 2002 revision, is completely wrong for the lower portion of the trail, dangerously so. “The impact [of delaying its opening] would be to the general public as well as commercial outfitters and guides.” Very tiring to walk. Additional Trail Information - Compiled by Pierce County Chapter - BCHW Andrews Creek - Pasayten Wilderness - Leads to Spanish Camp and very popular camping areas. And Pasayten Wilderness was calling our names! The trail reaches the Meadow Lake junction (4,590 ft) at Ram Creek in 5.5 miles. They are great hiking buddies, but like any animal they take some time. From the pass it heads steeply down in a northwest direction to Peepsight Lake…a nice area. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. Wilderness permits are required. The 16 mile trail ends in the rolling upland meadow country of the Spanish Camp area at junction with Boundary trail #533. -Ryan, catfish The sign pointing right says Rock Lake 2, the sign pointing ahead say Peepsight Lake 1. Begin by hiking the Andrews Creek Trail for 0.5 miles to the crossing of Little Andrews Creek (3,500 ft). Viable Routes to Andrew The run began at Andrews Creek Trail. Best river trails in Pasayten Wilderness, Washington 17 Reviews Explore the most popular river trails in Pasayten Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you. I followed the cairns toward point 7557, east of Crazy Man Pass, they crossed an open area, then appeared to stop. This time of year the willows and also patches of small Aspen trees on the west facing rock slide areas provide quite a bit of color starting about 1 mile from the trailhead and continuing in varying degrees for 5 or 6 miles. I’ve heard a little about this and an intrigued by hiking with goats. Oct 04, 2018 10:36 PM, Washington Trails Association (509) 784-4700, Methow Valley Ranger District From the meadow the trail is much fainter, with no visible sign of horse traffic. The cabin and area right around it, were unburned. For food, they just browse along the trail: brush, grass, etc. is now part of Colville National Forest. Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest There are a mix of live and dead trees in this area. In other areas, there  are a lot of dead trees still standing, particularly above the Peepsight creek trail junction. There are a few patches of meadow in this section which were unburned. 803 W. 2nd Street Winthrop, WA 98862 There are a few patches of meadow in this section which were unburned. The Forest Service crew was through the area only once earlier in the summer so I suspect much of the credit for being so clean in September falls to the horseman who use this trail frequently. There are many good camp sites in the large area between Bald and Amphitheater Mountains to established a base camp for day hikers. The upper lake sits in a rock bowl with the rocky 8,601 foot Cathedral Peak and 8,358 foot Amphitheater Mountain above. I don't recall more than 2-3 small stepover blowdowns the entire distance up to Spanish Camp. They were each carrying about 25#. Except for the first bit of trail near the trailhead, the whole length of the trail has been burned by the 2003 fire, or north of Andrews pass, by last year’s Diamond Creek Fire. The entire line below the end-run around the headwaters of Little Andrews Creek is false! Map showing recreational areas. Directions. I headed east on the Boundary Trail. Explore the most popular wildlife trails in Pasayten Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you. The trail gains little elevation for the next 3 miles or so. About ½ mile north of the pass the trail crosses the headwaters of Spanish Creek. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. The trail goes up the V shaped mini valley a little way, then climbs the side heading northeast toward Rock Lake. I did a scouting run up Little Andrews Creek on Friday. The trail then starts climbing northwest toward Peepsight Pass. The Chewuch River trail is the slightly shorter trail - 20 miles to the lake, with an elevation gain of 3,929'. The trail up to this point had been in the old burn. When I got to Upper Cathedral Lake I could see that fingers of the fire had gotten right up to the edges of the Upper Cathedral Lake basin. 1. The trail is quite rocky in many areas, particularly from the Peepsight Creek Trail junction to Andrews Pass. No cover. The trail starts steep then gently ascends the river bottom into the Pasayten Wilderness. The cabin and area right around it, were unburned. Pages (2): ... Thursday, I headed up Andrews creek trail to the junction with the Boundary Trail, and nearby Spanish Cabin. There was also a new “trail unmaintained” sign about 100 ft down where the Spanish Creek Trail headed. One log was about 1 ¼ miles in and about 18” in diameter. (509) 852-1100, Entiat Ranger District The golden larch were gorgeous! I found a place to camp in a meadow just past the newly signed Spanish Creek Trail junction. At 7.9 miles from the trailhead is a camp site near Andrews Creek. It was mostly cloudy Thursday, but there were a few patches of sun. The Boundary Trail is one of the finest mountain walks in the state. Last weekend, I had a great outing up in the Snowfield Peak group. The trail actually swings across the meadow heading northwest. The ultimate destination in the Eastern Pasayten Wilderness is Cathedral Lakes. Some trails are open to motorcycles and mountain bikes, however, no mechanized vehicles are permitted within Pasayten or Lake Chelan Sawtooth Wilderness Areas. The trail soon enters the area burned in a 2003 fire. The first set of photos features Matt Sturgess and Conner Smith, heading in to the Pasayten via the Slate Pass trailhead, and working on the Robinson Creek Trail. I had Adam, Grant and Albert (white Lamancha) with me. The willows and pines are revegetating the area. Water is available along trail. The Chewuch road is paved to the trailhead. The trail branches here with the left branch going a short distance to an old cabin. At 3.9 miles the trail appears to disappear in a meadow at about 6,900 ft elevation. Once into the burn, cairns and bit of tread generally indicate where the trail goes. The trail starts at 3,050 ft. Andrews Creek Campground is here. I headed east on the Boundary Trail. The Pasayten Wilderness is a 531,539 acres (215,106 ha) protected area located within Okanogan National Forest and Mount Baker National Forest in Washington state, centered on the Three Forks (48°54′02″N 120°38′01″W) of the Pasayten River, a tributary of the Similkameen River. The trail starts up immediately, gaining about 400 ft in the first 0.7 miles. The first 3 miles or so of the trail are easy to follow due to both human and horse traffic. The trail starts steep then gently ascends the river bottom into the Pasayten Wilderness. This trailhead gives access to the Pasayten Wilderness. After crossing Andrews creek, the right branching trail is the Peepsight Trail. Chelan, WA 98816 The Peepsight trail first heads down to a crossing of Andrews creek. 2108 Entiat Way The Diamond Creek Fire burned up to within about a mile of Andrews Pass, so except for a few small patches, everything was black. Stay straight. Many snags along the trail could come down in windy weather in the burn area. From Andrews Pass I headed north on the well-used Andrews Creek Trail. The terrain from this point up to Crazy Man Pass is gently to moderately sloping up. The Andrews Creek trail was virtually clear of downfalls. I camped here the first night. Then this week, we went to tackle Glory Slam by Glory Creek. Hike the trail for 12 miles to 6,680+ ft Andrews Pass. Continue north on Andrews Creek Trail. Highlights: There are few outstanding views until one reaches Andrews Pass and the Spanish Camp area. The site is posted and a hitch rail has been built back away from the lake for day riders to tie stock. The Peepsight Trail #525 makes a semicircle: heading up Peepsight Creek, going over Crazy Man Pass, past Rock Lake, and ending at Andrews Pass. It is a mess back there, but I think the route can be recovered, if not the trail. Are the goats carrying your gear and food? The Aspen had a lot more reddish-orange and yellow color than 6 days earlier, and the willows were showing lot more yellow-gold color; which made the hike out quite enjoyable. Quite a bit of the country immediately north of the Lower Cathedral Lake Trail junction looked like it had been burned by the Diamond Creek Fire…but it was a patchwork with some unburned areas. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 From Winthrop, Washington drive 6 miles north on paved West Chewuch Road (County Road number 1213) to stop sign. Wednesday, I headed back up over Peepsight Pass and down to the signed junction. View a map of this area and more on Natural Atlas. Oct 04, 2018 10:19 PM, Hi Ryan, Yes, the goats carry all my food and gear. It took some care, but between faint tread, cut logs and cairns I was able to follow the trail as it traversed up in a west-northwest direction. The crux of this climb is finding a suitable route up the steep slopes north of the trailhead. At 8.4 miles from the trailhead is the signed junction for the lower end of the Peepsight Trail. Thursday, I headed up Andrews creek trail to the junction with the Boundary Trail, and nearby Spanish Cabin. Headquarters 2. 10237 Highway 12 This forested trailhead near Andrews Creek is popular with horse riders, has a stock ramp, hitch-rails, and adequate parking for stock trailers. In some areas many of the dead trees have fallen. Descend the trail on the other side of the pass in the Spanish Creek drainage. 6 day pack trip - Andrews Creek area Pasayten WA. Re-vegetation work is taking place around the Upper Cathedral Lake area. Thanks. Andrews Creek Tr504 forms the western boundary of this vast wilderness section, gently ascending the Andrews Creek river drainage to Spanish Camp, through mature forest and meadows. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Friday, I hiked back west on the Boundary Trail, then south on Andrews Creek Trail, again staying at the camp 8 miles from the trailhead. An internet search for pack goats should turn up a lot of information. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September. The upper part was unburned, but the Diamond Creek Fire burned the lower part. Naches, WA 98937 Billy Goat Switch - Pasayten Wilderness - 27 miles to the Canadian border without mountain passes. And while they have played an important role in forest health, they have caused massive damage to trails; destroying f… Entiat, WA 98822 428 W. Woodin Avenue My long time goal was to hike a large portion of the Boundary Trail in the Pasayten wilderness (described by Mike Woodmansee in his book on Backpacking Washington). From Andrews Pass I headed north on the well-used Andrews Creek Trail. At 4.9 miles there is a small stream. Coleman Ridge trail #505 junction is 5.8 miles from the trailhead. VERY rocky in the lower half. Do the forage as the hike? Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. This section of trail is a little more defined, with tread showing more often, but cut logs and cairns are often needed to point the way. Andrews Creek Trail Drive 23.5 miles north out of Winthrop on the Chewuch River Road. While its remoteness adds to the cost and difficulty of working on the Boundary Trail in the Pasayten Wilderness, compounding those challenges is a vanishingly short season interrupted by summer storms and regularly cut short by wildfire. (509) 996-4000, Naches Ranger District Can you talk more about hiking with goats. Cairns indicate where the trail heads west across the meadow. This was a great fall larch trip, with really nice stands of color around Peepsight Lake, the area south of Crazy Man Pass and of course Upper Cathedral Lake. At about 4.4 miles from the trailhead the trail tops what appears to be an old terminal moraine with a view up the valley. cuts back to the southwest to go around the south side of Andrew Peak to reach the 7,180+ ft pass between Andrew and Peepsight Mountain. From Spanish camp there are miles of open meadow country to wander in. The trail is regularly used by horse riders and is typically logged out. The beginning 12 miles burned in 2003 wildfire, with little shade available before Andrews Pass. The area around the cabin has been used as a horse camp. on The beginning 12 miles burned in 2003 wildfire, with little shade available before Andrews Pass. The 1.8 miles up to the Lesamiz Trail # 565 junction was a patchwork of burned and unburned forest and meadow. There are many beautiful views of meadows, alpine lakes and rugged mountain peaks. Perry, Perry In 0.2 miles is a signed junction. Download Our New Official Recreation App! Andrews Creek Trail “is an important arterial trail that people use to access the Pasayten Wilderness,” Liu said. While the Andrews Creek Trail heads up the Andrews Creek Valley, it is rarely near the stream. It just took time, because I did not want to lose the trail. Many snags along the trail could come down in windy weather in the burn area. The distance from the ‘Rock Lake 2’ sign to the low point is about 0.4 miles, and is pretty much south east of Peepsight Mountain. The Remmel-Spanish Camp area is very popular with horse users as there is plenty of grazing. The cairns were on the slope a bit above the open meadow area…likely because that’s where the rocks were available. Around 3 miles the trail gets into more open rock country and it takes a bit more alertness to follow the trail. 24 West Chewuch Road There was one point about ½ mile from Andrews Pass where it took a bit of looking to find a way around a group of larger downed trees for the goats, other than that, travel was relatively easy. And that the fire had burned about to the shore of Lower Cathedral Lake in one area. At about 3.5 miles the trail crosses tiny Peepsight Creek and swings around, heading in a more southwesterly direction. Our trails supervisor for this year, Phillip Walrod, is also a photographer, so he took some wonderful pictures of the crew on this year’s Hofbeck hitch, as we call it. The trail along Andrews Creek is heavily used by hikers, horseback riders, pack animals, and livestock from July through September because it is one of the main access trails into the interior of the Pasayten … The federal Wilderness Act prohibits motorized or mechanized equipment in designated wilderness areas without special authorization. The trail starts at 3,050 ft. Andrews Creek Campground is here. Up to the right a hundred yards or so is a hunting camp. In 3.1 more miles (5,340 ft) the Peepsight Creek Trail junctions off and goes west. Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The Andrews Creek Trail was a long trail. Starting Monday 9/24/18 I did a 6 day goat packing trip starting from the Andrews creek trailhead north of Winthrop. The Backcountry Horsemen logged out and opened up the Peepsight Trail going up Peepsight Creek earlier this summer. Map Information. The other three climbing objectives from Peepsight Mountain. Long trails that travel through countless meadows, have epic vistas, and are often lonely are my favorite. About ½ mile north of the pass the trail crosses the headwaters of Spanish Creek. It is an 8.1 mile section of trail that connects to the Andrews Creek trail. The Remmel-Spanish Camp area is very popular with horse users as there is plenty of grazing. The Remmel-Spanish Camp area is very popular with horse users as there is plenty of grazing. Using a combination of faint tread, cairns, cut logs and flagging I was able to follow it north on the bench, it then traversed down to the northeast a little way. From the Lesamiz Trail # 565 junction the Boundary Trail skirts the Amphitheater Mountain meadows which have a few scattered pine and larch. The trail starts at 3,050 ft. Andrews Creek Campground is here. It’s 2 miles from Rock Lake to Andrews Pass. (509) 548-2550, Tonasket Ranger District Actually, they turned and headed toward Crazy Man Pass. Forum Index > Trail Talk > Pasayten - Little Andrews Creek Trail: Happy Birthday Sallie4jo ! This time of year, it’s easy to cross by stepping on rocks. There are many good camp sites in the large area between Bald and Amphitheater Mountains to establish a base camp. Trees have not yet recovered from recent fires. Andrews Creek, Peepsight, Boundary Trail - Pasayten, catfish on Andrews Creek, Peepsight, Boundary Trail - Pasayten. Andrews Creek was burned and closed for many years but it is the quickest. The Peepsight trail passes by Peepsight Mountain. Mountain goats are frequently seen around Catherdral Peak area. 215 Melody Lane To protect sensitive habitats graze on upper drier slopes not wet meadows and stream sides. Nice stands of golden larch around Peepsight Lake. The trail starts at 3,050 ft. Andrews Creek Campground is here. I finally settled on a plan to start from the Andrews Creek Trailhead and hike some 85 miles to Hart's Pass via Boundary Trail … It’s gentle at first, but soon starts climbing out of the Andrews Creek Valley. ... #6 - Andrews Creek Trail to Cathedral Lakes. Andrews Creek The Eastern Pasayten Wilderness has long intrigued me due to its unique geologic history. Hiking out Saturday, it was cloudy with a few light rain showers. The main trailhead parking is on the right side of the road, with a stock camp on the left; and likely other camping in the area. There was a red flag on a tree about 100 ft. beyond where the trail turned to the northwest…and no sign of a trail around the flag. The self-issuing permits are free and available at trailheads. The crews began with the Andrews Creek Trail 504, a critical pathway between the PNT at Spanish Camp and road-accessible trailheads along the southern boundary of the Wilderness.