Chiwawa River, Red Mountain & Buck Creek Pass

Hike the trail along the Chiwawa River to the meadows high on the side of Red Mountain in the Glacier Peak Wilderness. Or hike the final part of the Spider Gap, Lyman Lakes, & Buck Creek Pass Loop out-and-back to Buck Creek Pass.

getting there

Drive US-2 to Coles Corner. Follow SR-207 north for 3.8 miles. Turn right on the Chiwawa Loop Road. Continue for a few miles looking for a signed left turn onto the Chiwawa River Road (Forest Road 62). Follow it 22 miles to the Buck Creek Trailhead (2,800 ft).

on the trail

Chiwawa River & Red Mountain

16 miles round trip with 3,000 feet of elevation gain, 6,800 ft high point

From Trinity at the end of the Chiwawa River Road, hike thew Buck Creek Trail (No. 1513) 2 miles to a junction and bear right onto the  Chiwawa River Trail (No. 1550). The trail heads uphill above the river and follows the valley upstream staying mostly away from and above the river. In 2.8 miles is a junction. The trail to the left heads up to Massie Lake, 1.9 miles and 1,500 feet of elevation gain, and the right fork continues along the Chiwawa River for another 0.7 mile to a final junction. The left fork heads 1.1 mile to camps in meadows in the valley bottom near the river. The right fork heads up the west side of Red Mountain for 2.5 miles before ending high on the side of Red Mountain.

notes

  • The Chiwawa River Trail does not get much maintenance so the likelihood of brush bashing  very high. 
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
  • Length: 16.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft
  • 6,800 ft
Map
  • Green Trails North Cascades Lake Chelan No. 114SX
  • Green Trails Holden No. 113
Activities

Upcoming Activities

Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack - Buck Creek Pass

Backpacking Field trip: Backpacking Building Blocks (B3) Course
This 32 mile loop trip will give B3 students the opportunity to apply their B3
Difficulty: Strenuous
Thu, Sep 29, 2022 - Sun, Oct 2, 2022
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
7 participants
Registration opens Jul 25
Foothills Branch
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  • Chiwawa River & Red Mountain
  • Chiwawa River & Massie Lake
  • Chiwawa River, Massie Lake & Red Mountain
  • Massie Lake
  • Buck Creek Pass
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