We also evidently missed a 6" snowfall by two days, not surprising at that elevation. We were surprised to find ourselves sharing the basin with quite a few hunters (deer and bear were in season) on our trip. The loop continues right over rocky windswept barren 7,725-foot Oval Pass. From the busy trailhead, steadily climb up a steep hillside. Much of the way is through a forest of charred matchsticks compliments of 2006’s Tripod Fire, a conflagration that scorched over 175,000 acres. Upon crossing Twisp River in .25 mile reach a junction. This trailhead is used to access both Argentine Pass and Horseshoe Basin. To access Horseshoe Basin from the Cascade Pass trailhead, drive Highway 20 to the little town of Marblemount. But I had never visited a mine that I could enter and explore. Along the trail to New Army Pass are Long Lake and High Lake in the John Muir Wilderness. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. More Horseshoe Basin Trail is a 14.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Improvement District No. If you are driving west (from Loveland Pass), turn left into the River Run area of the Keystone Ski Resort. It is a 23 mile (37 km) hike from the Cascade Pass parking lot to High Bridge, where shuttle service is available to Stehekin. There’s lots of elevation to be gained on this loop, but it’s worth the toil. The view from the mine over the Basin Creek Valley to Trapper Mountain is a North Cascades classic. Parking and Trail Access Parking for the Lakes Basin Path is available at the western end of Lake Mary Road (southwest of Mammoth Lakes). If you want to visit Armstrong Peak (AR1) and the international boundary (Mile Monument 104 is about 200 yards from the summit), head north of Horseshoe Basin for 1.4 miles, following your nose to the highest point. You’ll reach a lovely basin housing the headwaters of Fish Creek, good camps and a junction with the Eagle Creek Trail. After 3.7 miles of traversing old-growth, meadows, talus and perhaps a lingering snowfield or two, you will reach the 5,400-foot Cascade Pass. Located near Horseshoe Meadows, the Cottonwood Lakes Basin has many pristine alpine lakes and creeks located between Mount Langley and Cirque Peak. Total hike is 6.4 miles, 4400 feet elevation gain. Great views and wonderful open valleys. The trailhead is at the very end of the Jeep road heading up Horseshoe Basin. Thousands of the small but colorful flowers. Turn left onto FR 4420 proceeding for .8 mile. Side trails branch to Muir Lake, Hidden Lake, South Fork Lakes, Cirque Lake. From Oval Pass the trail drops steeply to tiny Tuckaway Lake tucked away in Horseshoe Basin, which has good campsites. I've hiked this area many times. Find a campsite on the south end of the lake. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Beautiful hiking trail and we saw evidence of horses and we encountered mountain bikers. Keep the horseshoes on the horses and consider a backpacking trip to a horseshoe basin, instead. Everyone we met was friendly, helpful, and obviously very careful with their weapons, so no problem there. There are quite a few trip options in this region, but a good three-night trek starts at the Cascade Pass Trailhead and continues on to the Basin Creek Campground. The trail is right off of the Cascade Pass Trail. For an extended day hike, continue on to the Sahale Arm Trail. Includes 3 fire rings, 3 tables, and 2 open air toilets on site. Follow for 13.5 miles turning right onto FR 500 (signed Irongate Trailhead). This trail ascends steeply through subalpine meadows and talus fields to the base of the Sahale Glacier. Then descend, rounding a basin with excellent views of 8,795-foot Oval Peak before entering cool forest. Much of the trail to Horseshoe Basin skirts the remnants of this fire. Do your part and follow LNT principles to help preserve the lake basin. ). If you’ve climbed Horseshoe Mountain, just drop off the peak heading west until you hit the Boundary Trail, turn right and walk to Horseshoe Basin. From the trailhead (3600') I began the journey with the 3.7 mile hike to Cascade Pass (5392'). Horseshoe Basin is very dry later in summer but with snow only recently gone there is plenty of water. Rainier on a clear day, await. The trailhead is located on the Denali Park Road, at Mile 1. Looking back, I can’t disagree. Trail Ratings 5.0 from 2 votes #4 in North Cascades National Park #1230 Overall. They’re from the Black Warrior Mine, which operated until the late 1950s. A far less crowded option is to head to the Stehekin Valley and Horseshoe Basin. Expansive view of numerous peaks, including Mt. Day 2: Horseshoe Basin day hike from Basin Creek. Horseshoe Basin – North Cascades National Park: From Marblemount on SR 20, head east on the Cascade River Road for 23 miles to trailhead. The pristine surrounds of Horseshoe Lake as seen from the trail. You can also park at the Denali Visitor Center (Mile 1.5 of the park road) and walk either the Bike Path or the Taiga Trail to reach the Horseshoe Lake Trail. This hike starts off on the open prairie and gains elevation and views across as you enter Horseshoe Basin. The main trail continues steeply climbing reaching another trail junction. Take U.S. 6 to the west end of Keystone. Total hike is 4-6 miles, 1000 feet elevation gain & loss. Horseshoe Lake. The Horseshoe Basin trail is less than 2 easy miles from the trail junction to the head of the valley and the Mine. Greenery is slowly returning, but this hike can be hot. This hike, with its abundant larches, is an excellent choice in autumn. Continue right to emerald Horseshoe Basin and a three-way junction at Horseshoe Creek. Nearly every Horseshoe Basin trip report I’ve read has said that once you arrive, you never want to leave. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Turn east onto Lake County 7 towards Weston Pass for 7.5 miles to the trailh… The 6 mile spur dirt road signed Irongate Trailhead is a bit rough in a few sections but is not a problem if you have a high clearance vehicle. However, it can get downright crowded on Sahale Arm. Many a backpacker has ventured up Cascade Pass and then continued up Sahale Arm to frolic with gregarious marmots and take in breathtaking views of a surrounding fortress of snow and rock. Went there only to find it snowing hard so we turned around. I also recommend windy peak and Mt Bonaparte if your in the area. We bumped into a buck on our way up. Set up camp and contemplate exploring options. Head right along the Chelan Summit Trail across slopes of swaying grasses and flowery knolls granting views to Lake Chelan 6,000 feet below. The nearest weather station for both precipitation and temperature measurements is CABIN CR which is approximately 5 miles away and has an elevation of 10,020 feet (1,686 feet lower than Horseshoe Basin). I went in with enough food for 2 … I arrived at the trailhead around 1:30pm on Friday to about 8-10 other cars. From the trailhead (pile of rocks as marker) look up to the West at Grays Peak (photo #2) and you will see the beginning of the 1.5+ mile, 2,000 foot climb that awaits you. Admire the surrounding sheer walls capped with hanging glaciers, which feed no less than a half dozen silvery strands of cascading creeks. Consider following a faint track south for .5 mile to 8,104-foot Gray Peak’s open summit for stunning views down to Middle and East Oval Lakes. East Oval Lake lies another .3 mile away. Loomis State Forest. Share a Gem . Bear right onto Loomis-Oroville Road; and after 2 miles turn left onto FR 39. The trail continues descending into the Stehekin Valley crossing Doubtful Creek, which may be challenging in high water. Soon, the route really begins to climb, coming to a spur trail leading .25 mile to gorgeous West Opal Lake. Look for a sign indicating the turn for the Cascade River Road. Old mining relics lie littered among blossoms and boulders. If you are coming from Buena Vista this junction is 7.2 miles north of the US 24 and Colorado 82 junction. Plenty of helpful info here. I’m sending it to some pals. © 2020 Price Media, Inc. All rights reserved, Vancouver Island: The Galapagos of the Northwest, October 25, 2012 Buzz: Outdoors News Shorts, https://www.facebook.com/OutdoorsNWmagazine/. 7.62 miles and a strenuous hike if you are with stronger hikers booking it. Gold Basin Trailhead Horseshoe Mountain, like most of the Mosquito Range peaks can be accessed either from the east or the west. Snoop around, but don’t venture beyond the shaft’s entrance. If you are driving east on U.S. 6, take the exit for Montezuma Road before U.S. 6 begins its climb to Loveland Pass. Particularly Special Place. They’re all excellent destinations with guaranteed good trails, campsites and views. Start on the Eagle Creek Trail, which will soon enter the Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness, a 150,000-plus acre wild wedge between the Methow River and Lake Chelan. Day 1: Cascade Pass Trailhead to Basin Creek Campground. At 0.7 mi you will encounter a junction. We were sitting at the junction, relaxing, when I saw a black bear heading down the trail towards us. Check out the two boundary monuments and gape at views north to B.C.’s Snowy Mountain and Cathedral Park Peaks. And of course, thanks for your effort! Horseshoe Basin. Horseshoe Basin Via Boundary Trail is a 12.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tonasket, Washington that features a river and is rated as difficult. From here I continued 3 more miles to the junction of the Cascade Pass and Horseshoe Basin trails(3600'). The broad open basins and rounded summits in the 7,000 to 8,000 foot range offer miles of easy wandering. Unbelievable views at the top! My fitness tracker said 14,768 steps, 12 floors climbed. You’ll find a trio of them in Washington’s North Cascades. Cast your views stateside too, to pointy 8,601-foot Cathedral Peak, broad 8,685-foot Remmel Mountain, and 8,334-foot Windy Peak hovering above Horseshoe Basin. In a mile and a half the Horseshoe Basin trail arrives in Lower Horseshoe Basin. The trail undulates between meadow and forest following Eagle Creek back to the Oval Creek Trail and the trailhead. (I saw this once while hiking the Appalachian Trail.). One can not help but want to hike up the inviting slopes of either Arnold Peak or Armstrong Mountain. Green Trails Maps show the most current trail, road, and access information to national forests, national parks, state and local parks and other public lands. All along the trail near and after Sunny Pass we saw shooting stars. Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. For an easy, popular hike with great views of Mammoth Mountain and the Mammoth Crest, take a stroll around Horseshoe Lake Loop. Pasayten Wilderness. Your best choice is to head left for .8 miles on the Boundary Trail to little Loudon Lake, which is perched on a rolling lawn. The main trail coming down from Cascade Pass makes a long traverse of the mountainside, descending towards the valley floor. The lakes near the trail's southern endpoint—Horseshoe Lake, Lake Mamie and the Twin Lakes—are all popular recreation destinations, and campgrounds nearby accommodate overnight guests. You will follow the Cascade River the whole way; it takes nearly an hour on Cascade River Road. Share a Video . Scramble up the tundra slopes of 8,100-plus foot Armstrong Mountain, which straddles the international boundary. But had we thought to check dates of hunting season for the Pasayten Wilderness, we'd have scheduled different dates. Horseshoes are said to bring good luck. See the detaile… Turn onto this road, and drive 23 miles to the end. As for good weather, well, you may need a horseshoe for that. Have fun! We did this hike early in the spring when options higher up were limited. COTTONWOOD This is the end of the road and makes the best base camp for the short hike to Horseshoe Basin or Cascade Pass, or even a … 4, Alberta, Canada that features a river and is rated as difficult. Horseshoe Lake Loop. Located at the northeast extremity of the Cascades, Horseshoe Basin has a very different feel and seems more like somewhere in the Rockies. Pack ample water and sunscreen. Location: 36.043227, -105.540075 The paved road is usually open May through October. Starting from a trailhead at over 6,100-feet elevation, follow the Boundary Trail along an old mining roadbed. Pyramid Lake, Ladyslipper and Cathedral Rimn Loop, Lake of the Woods, Goat Lake Trail and Lakeview Mountain, Glacier Lake, Cathedral Rim, Base of Grimface and Pyramid Lake Trail, Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, British Columbia. Armstrong Mountain Both lakes offer good camping options. Stehekin can be accessed via the Cascade Pass Trail. Beyond Tuckaway Lake, the trail drops through flower fields reaching a good forested creekside camp at a junction. The North Cascades are full of old mining claims; piles of colorful tailings and rusted remains of sluices and Pelton wheels littered about. There was an equal number of golden yellow buttercup like flowers too. Total hike is 7.4 miles, 1800 feet elevation gain, 2300 feet loss. Find Pelton Basin Camp here—it’s a great place to set up for the evening. Trail. It’s also good bear habitat, so store food properly. Horseshoe Basin Via Boundary Trail is a 20.1 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tonasket, Washington that features a river and is rated as difficult. The first 5 are within an easy walk of each other from the Cottonwood Trail where the 6th lake is a more strenuous climb to 11,600'. I feel like I’m in Montana. We headed right, planning on setting up a base camp at Louden Lake, just beyond Horseshoe Pass. The trees are slowly starting to reclaim the burned area but as of now it can get fairly hot due to the lack of cover in this area and I am guessing do to the amount of windfall that this is not a good place to get caught in high winds. Create Recommended Route or Trail . The basin was snow free 6/29. Share on Trail Run Project. 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