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French Cabin Creek

Snoqualmie Region > Salmon La Sac/Teanaway
47.3329, -121.1803 Map & Directions
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1,000 feet
Highest Point
4,800 feet
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Fall color looking stunning on French Cabin Creek trail. Photo by John Soltys. Full-size image
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This short trail guides hikers through open forest to a junction with the Kachess Ridge Trail, where you can continue on to Thorp Lookout or just a little longer wander along the ridge. Continue reading

  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage

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Northwest Forest Pass
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Hiking French Cabin Creek

The trail parallels the West Fork of French Cabin Creek to its headwaters and junction with the Kachess Ridge trail. The trail itself starts at the end of FS road 4308-132, but that road is officially closed half a mile earlier.

The trail shares its first few feet with an abandoned road, but quickly becomes single track with old-growth trees sheltering it from the sun. A half a mile from the trailhead, the trail briefly leaves the trees and provides views down the French Cabin Creek valley.

Blueberries begin appearing in this area, but don't really become widespread until near the end of the trail. It's in the formerly clearcut a quarter-mile before the junction with the Kachess Ridge trail that the berries are everywhere.

At the end of the short trail you can turn north and hike for three miles to Thorp Mountain with its lake and lookout, or south half a mile to a pass between stone towers and views into the Silver Creek valley.

WTA Pro Tip: Do this hike one-way with the Kachess Ridge trail and French Cabin Mountain for a nine-mile shuttle hike.

Hike Description Written by
John Soltys, WTA Correspondent

French Cabin Creek

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.3329, -121.1803 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

From Cle Elum, drive State Highway 903 north about 15 miles to just past Lake Cle Elum, then take a left on Forest Road 4308. Stay on 4308 for several miles up French Cabin Creek to the head of the valley. The trailhead is along the road.

More Hike Details


Snoqualmie Region > Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

French Cabin Creek (#1305)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Pass ed. II (Nelson and Bauer - Mountaineers Books)

Buy the Green Trails Alpine Lakes East No. 208SX map

Buy the Green Trails Kachess Lake No. 208 map

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