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Black Pine Lake

North Cascades > Methow/Sawtooth
48.3132, -120.2764 Map & Directions
0.75 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
10 feet
Highest Point
4,010 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Black Pine Lake at the end of the trail. Photo by austineats. Full-size image
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes

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Visit this sweet wheelchair-friendly trail outside Twisp for lovely mountain views and a placid lake. Continue reading

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Hiking Black Pine Lake

Enjoy a shady old-growth Ponderosa forest along the shores of this idyllic little lake. This wheelchair-friendly trail gains virtually no elevation yet transports you to a world away. Summer sunshine warms the Ponderosa pines, providing that sweet summer aroma.

Black Pine Lake is hidden high above the Twisp River drainage in amongst sagebrush hillsides and mature Ponderosa forest. Fishing either from the bank or a floating dock is easy. A shaded forest service campground makes for a good basecamp at the east end of the lake.

The Black Pine Lake trail is mostly paved with a few little frost heaves and piles of pine needles to negotiate. Views of the lake are throughout the hike. At the turn around point, a park bench offers rest and a view of Hoodoo Peak and the Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness.

Toilet Information

  • Toilet at trailhead

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Wheelchair Accessibility

The Black Pine Lake trail is paved but has some frost heaves to negotiate. Power chair users may need assistance.

Hike Description Written by
Austin Smith, WTA Correspondent

Black Pine Lake

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.3132, -120.2764 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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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

There are numerous routes to Black Pine Lake. Poorman Road is the more scenic route but is much more narrow and not great for travel trailers. The route via Twisp River Road is friendlier to low-clearance cars. Take your time and enjoy the views.

Via Twisp River Road

Drive west on Twisp River Road for almost 11 miles. Then turn left onto W Buttermilk Creek Rd, crossing Buttermilk Bridge across Twisp River, stay to the left, following E. Buttermilk Creek Road which turns into Forest Road 43 (bear right when you see Arnica Rd) for about 4 miles. Go straight and the road becomes Forest Rd 500 - follow this for 3.2 miles to campground on the north end of the lake. The trailhead is in the day use area.

Via Poorman Creek Road

From Twisp, WA follow the Twisp River Road for 2.5 miles. Turn left onto Poorman Creek Road. Follow this narrow-at-times gravel road for almost seven miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain. Note that there are no trailers on this road. At the first main junction (FS 43) stay to the right. Drive another 100 yards and turn right into the Black Pine Campground. Stay right and go another few hundred yards to the day use area. The trail leaves from the end of the parking lot.

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North Cascades > Methow/Sawtooth

Black Pine Lake (#441)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Methow Valley Ranger District

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