Larch Creek (Pasayten)

A ramble in the central Pasayten Wilderness, starting from the Billy Goat trailhead, with numerous day hiking options from camp. A unique Washington State geology and geography that is home to Lynx, bear and moose.

getting there

From Winthrop drive the East Chewuch Road to Forest Road 51 and head north.  Turn left onto Forest Road 5130 and drive to the Billy Goat trailhead at the road's end.

on the trail

Hike the Bill Goat Trail north for 9 mi ascending 1,800 ft to campsites at Larch Creek (5,600 ft). From this base camp, enjoy a number of day hiking options.  When you're ready, hike the 9 mi back to the trailhead, a total of 18 mi with your backpack.

Day hikes from base camp

  • Larch Pass
  • Corral Lake
  • Diamond Point
  • Dollar Watch Pass & Mountain
  • Ashnola Pass
  • Whistler Pass
  • Sand Ridge


  • Expect seasonal bugs and several possible stream crossings.
  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 18.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,800 ft
  • 5,600 ft
  • Green Trails Billy Goat Mountain No. 19
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