Venturing to the Twisp Pass trailhead can be a bit of a drive, but don’t despair, there are several day hikes to be done from this one trailhead with accompanying campground! The campground is a quarter of a mile further upstream from the parking lot. Access the trail either from your campsite or your car, as the parking lot offers direct access to the Twisp Pass trail, and a bootpath leads from behind the campground privy to intersect the trail a quarter-mile in.
On this old mining road turned trail, the first two miles have few obstacles. Open meadowy areas feature aspens turning brilliant yellow in the fall and offering needed shade during the summer. A few small creeks pose no crossing difficulty. Dramatic views of Lincoln Butte, a lesser peak at the head of the valley, may titillate your climbing ambitions.
After these delightful two miles, the trail turns abruptly left, crossing the North Fork of the Twisp River. Perhaps a little hard to follow is the right-hand fork here. This is Trail 426, which continues on to Copper Pass. Once somewhat hair-raising, the log bridge crossing is safer now with a handrail installed, but always be careful crossing the water.
The trail now winds south and then west around the base of Lincoln Butte. After a brief mile and a half, encounter several fabulous domed rock campsites over looking the South Fork of the Twisp River. While they are great sites, they are dry, so be sure to fill up at the river crossing.
As this trail climbs towards the pass, note the extensive rock cribwork performed. Imagine that 100 years ago this was a proposed route for the North Cascades Highway through to Cascade Pass! Twisting and turning, this glorious trail winds through stunted hemlocks, granite outcrops, and flowery meadows fed by gurgling brooks.
WTA Pro Tip: Twisp Pass is expansive with many little spots to camp or spread out for an afternoon nap. It is also a beautiful gateway to the North Cascades National Park. Please be observant that guns and dogs are not allowed past the pass. For those with more energy to burn there are several cross-country rambles which depart from this location.
- 9.0 miles, roundtrip
- Elevation Gain
- 2,460 feet
- Highest Point
- 6,064 feet
Hiking Twisp Pass
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