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Rock Creek

North Cascades > Pasayten
48.9175, -120.6316 Map & Directions
7.1 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain
1,500 feet
Highest Point
5,900 feet
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Wildfire: trail closed

  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
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Enjoy views of peaks and wildflowers as you connect the PCT to the Pasayten Wilderness. This trail features abundant wildlife and a comfortable grade. Continue reading

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Hiking Rock Creek

Connect between the Pasayten Airstrip and the PCT on the Rock Creek Trail. This pleasant hike features stunning views of surrounding peaks, such as Soda Peak and Smoky Mountain. The trail ascends the Rocky Creek drainage, alternating between avalanche meadows and timber. By the time you reach the PCT and Woody Pass, the landscape is subalpine. Wildlife is abundant on this trail, with even the occasional bear sighting, so come prepared with proper bear safety equipment and knowledge.

Begin your traverse by turning left from the Robinson Creek trail. The trail climbs steadily without switchbacks until you reach Coney Creek, where it gets a bit steeper. Enjoy views of spruce, fir, and pine trees year round and plenty of wildflowers blooming in the summer. Traveling east-to-west, Soda Peak and Smoky Mountain are on your right, and you may be able to see Holman Peak to the left. Whether you stop to camp along the trail or hike all the way through, the Rock Creek Trail will connect you not only to the PCT, but also the Boundary Trail.

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Hike Description Written by
McKenzie Carlson, WTA Correspondent

Rock Creek

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.9175, -120.6316 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

Begin your hike at the Robinson Creek Trailhead. From Winthrop, Washington drive 15 miles west on Highway 20, turn right onto Lost River Road, drive 7.5 miles on pavement and continue another 1.5 miles on gravel forest road 5400 to Robinson Creek Trailhead on the right side of road.

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North Cascades > Pasayten

Rock Creek (#473)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Methow Valley Ranger District

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