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Badlands Trail

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - East
47.3865, -121.3848
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1,300 feet
Highest Point
6,200 feet
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Northwest Forest Pass
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The Badlands trail links Hatchery Creek to Painter Creek trails over it's 5 mile length. But a fire in recent years has rendered this trail nearly unnavigable. Continue reading

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Hiking Badlands Trail

The Badlands Trail begins 3 miles up Hatchery Creek and connects to Painter Creek 5 miles away. From the junction with the Hatchery Creek Trail, the trail climbs to 6200 feet, then switchbacks down from the ridge to a signed junction with the Painter Creek Trail at 5200 feet. However, a major fire came through here in recent years, rendering this trail nearly impossible to navigate without a GPS device or navigation skills.

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Badlands Trail

Map & Directions

Before You Go

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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

From Leavenworth, drive west on Highway 2 for about 9 miles, then turn onto Forest Road 7905 (signed for Hatchery Creek Road) and drive this road 2 miles to the trailhead.

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Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - East

Badlands (#1576)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Wenatchee River Ranger District

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