Best Trails in Okanogan National Forest

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on Copper Glance Lake Trail
14 hours ago

hiking

Great views! Went in late August on a weekday and didn't encounter anyone else on the trail.

on Copper Glance Lake Trail
9 days ago

Steady & steep, but worth the trip!

on Cedar Falls Trail
11 days ago

trail running

My dad and I were going for a drive today, we live in Chelan and needed to get away from all the tourists! We ended up here and it was a nice overcast day. We all headed up but do to dad's hips he only made it about a mile, so the dog and I continued up past the falls a bit then turned around. Stopped at the falls, pup went swimming and I took some great pics. Ran pretty much all the way up and down, the trail was easy and a quick lil trip to some BEAUTIFUL falls. Happy Trails.

on Goat Peak Lookout Trail
1 month ago

hiking

Did this on 7/6/16. Long and bumpy drive to the trailhead, but doable in any passenger car. Don't miss the overlook about 2/3 of the way up. The first 1/2 of the trail is steep, but gives nice views when not in the forest--and wild flowers! The second half of the trail is even steeper, but don't despair. The view at the lookout is amazing. As one of the few manned fire lookouts in the area, this one is normally garrisoned by Lightening Bill, but he wasn't there the day we hiked it. I hear he's a great guy to chat with.

on Buck Mountain Loop Trail
2 months ago

mountain biking

Great ride. Starts off with around 3-4 miles of uphill forest service road, which is kind of boring but after that it's a great ride. Some great views, nice fast downhill and rolling terrain.

on Goat Peak Lookout Trail
2 months ago

hiking

Beautiful trail that starts nice and high. We hit snow about 1/2 up the trail. Last 600-700 ft was snow trail straight up. Coming back down the snow was a little punchy from the heat but fine. Without snow this seems like a steep but totally doable hike. With snow (north facing slope) the. Route finding is needed, especially near the ridge line.

on Driveway Butte Trail
2 months ago

hiking

Snow free as of Memorial Day weekend. The balsamroot is a week or two past it's prime but still providing a blast of color. It's a bit of an obstacle course through the burn zone because of all the downed trees but the trail is easy to follow. Cloudy at the top so I couldn't see much but I image the view is pretty nice on a clear day.

on Angel Pass Trail
9 months ago

Loved it!!

on Bonaparte Trail
9 months ago

Love this

on Cutthroat Lake and Cutthroat Pass
10 months ago

hiking

Nice trail, enjoyed the scenery and took some great pics. Not a good fishing lake though.

on Tatie Peak and Trout Cree...
10 months ago

birding

Starts high and stays high, with minimal elevation meandering. We chose this hike due to the larches, and they did not disappoint! Beautiful full groves and sparse doors of yellow in full color. The ridges of many of the N Cascades peaks keep you company the entire way. Great views, easy hike, and the trail (part of the PCT) is in great shape!

on Cedar Falls Trail
1 year ago

hiking

Hiked this trail 8/7/15. Having never been here before I was surprised by how much water was still coming over the falls since it has been so dry. The path is clear, easy to follow but the view of the falls is a bit over grown. I hiked past the falls to get in a little more hiking time.

on Bonaparte Trail
1 year ago

Love this trail!

on Ray Trail
1 year ago

hiking

Camped the week at Conconully State Park and wanted to try to find this trail one of the days. It is an unmarked trail and is really just some old overgrown forest road. I am glad we did it however. I thought the trail had 2 Trail Heads and when we came to the end of the trail (easy to know, the road just stops and overlooks the valley below) our group keep looking for where it continued. We were using the record feature of the AT app and decided to follow some old cow trails around the other side of the hill back to our car. I was glad we did. From the middle of town (Main/Broadway) it was about 8.1 miles to the trail head, a small area you could park 4-5 cars on the side of the road. If you go past it there is another spot that look like it could be the trail about 1/4 mile up the road, also on the Right but stop at the first one. The road appears as though it ends after a few hundred feet, but just walk around it and the road is still there, it has been dug up to prevent motor traffic. If the weather is clear, I would suggest giving it a hike if you are in or around Conconully. I guess it's a bird watching hot spot according to http://www.mybirdmaps.com/topo-maps/US-birding-locations/Washington/Washington-Trails/Okanogan/Conconully_West/Ray-Trail-historical

on Horseshoe Basin Trail
1 year ago

hiking

Great little hike with some awesome waterfalls at the end. We bumped into a buck on our way up. The trail is right off of the Cascade Pass Trail.

on Cutthroat Lake and Cutthr...
1 year ago

For scenery, Cutthroat pass is hard to beat. You can get to the pass via the NB Pacific Crest trail at Rainy pass, or via the Cutthroat lake trailhead further east on Hwy 20. If you're able to, leave a car at Cutthroat pass trailhead, hike in from Rainy pass and out the other side where you left your car. Mountain bikers can ride up the Cutthroat trail, but are not permitted on the PCT.

on Basecamp loop
1 year ago

snowshoeing

Short snowshoe and nature trail in the Mazama, WA area. This is flat, in the forest, and has some access to the Methow river so you can look for animal tracks near the trail.

on Copper Glance Lake Trail
1 year ago

hiking

October was the perfect time of year for this hike. Golden larch trees and jagged peaks surrounding a green colored lake. Much of the road to the trail head is paved, and the dirt road section was in perfect condition - not a single pothole. I only ran into 6 other people on the trail. Beautiful hike overall.

on Cedar Falls Trail
2 years ago

hiking

We were staying in Chelan, so it was a bit of a drive, but we were looking for something with cool falls, and relatively easy grade since our smallest hiker had just turned 4. he made it out and back easily. as someone else noted, this trail is pretty much in the forest the whole way. if you like exploring "the woods" and like pointing out different things under the canopy to your kids this is great. That said - the falls were amazing. 2 large drops of 30' each, and you can walk down to the 100' long shelf between those two for some amazing pictures. take the time to walk up the trail another 100-200yds and there is a post-card picture waiting of a small upper cascade surrounded by trees and foliage.