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Mineral Creek

Snoqualmie Region > Salmon La Sac/Teanaway
47.4176, -121.2373 Map & Directions
5.4 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain
2,570 feet
Highest Point
4,900 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Upper Park Lake, reachable by the Mineral Creek Trail. Photo by ALW Hiker. Full-size image
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Lakes
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes
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A quiet but sometimes rough trail that provides access to the Pacific Crest Trail from Salmon La Sac. Continue reading

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Hiking Mineral Creek

The Mineral Creek trail provides access to the Pacific Crest Trail via the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. 

From the trailhead, descend to a crossing of the Kachess River, then climb a quarter mile to where the trail crosses  Little Kachess Trail.

Your way turns right, heading uphill through old-growth forest on an old mining road. 1.5 miles in, you'll pass an old mine at the end of the road, and shortly after that the trail crosses Mineral Creek, entering the wilderness just across the creek.

Once in wilderness, the trail becomes even more rugged, running high above the creek and passing through several brushy avalanche clearings interspersed with forest.

At approximately four miles, the trail crosses a creek and begins to climb steeply through forest towards Upper Park Lake.

Near the lake, the trail levels off in an area of trees, meadows, and rolling hills called Park Lakes Basin (no campfires are allowed in the basin) and continues upward towards its junction with the Pacific Crest Trail.

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Mineral Creek

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.4176, -121.2373 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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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 north on Highway 903 for 17 miles. Past Lake Cle Elum, then turn left onto Road 4600 (Cooper Lake Road).

Drive on this road for about 7 miles, passing the Cooper Lake turnoff and on to Cooper Pass. Stay on 4600 (the main road) and drive approximately 3 miles (from the pass) to the bottom of the valley and the small, signed trailhead.

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Snoqualmie Region > Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

Mineral Creek (#1331)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District

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Mineral Creek

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