Scatter Lake

A very strenuous, steep, and popular hike or backpack in the Methow Valley near Twisp. It's 9.2 miles round trip with 3,800 feet of elevation gain. In the fall enjoy the golden larches.

Getting There

From SR-20 in Twisp, drive west on Twisp River Road that becomes Forest Road 44 and then Forest Road 4440 for 21.8 miles to the Scatter Creek Trailhead (3,200 ft).

On the Trail

Hike west on the Twisp River Trail (No. 440), left out of the trailhead. At the junction, turn right onto Scatter Creek Tail (No. 427). Initially the trail is easy but once it reaches Scatter Creek, it climbs steeply crossing Scatter Creek at 3.5 miles to a meadow (6,500 ft) at 4 miles. Cross the creek again and continue 0.6 mile to Scatter Lake. A 0.5-mile trail circles the lake where there are a number of campsites.


  • This is a popular hiking and backpacking destination. On busy weekends arriving early is recommended to ensure that campsites are available at the lake.  

  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking, Day Hiking
  • Seasons: May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Very Strenuous
  • Length: 9.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,850 ft
  • 7,050 ft
  • Green Trails Methow Valley No. 51SX
  • Green Trails Stehekin No. 82
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