Burch Mountain Trail

HARD 1 reviews
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Burch Mountain Trail is a 8.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Winthrop, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3845 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

scramble

The trail begins at the upper trailhead (1 mile further on the road past the stock ramps). The trail is mostly in old growth timber opening into meadows near Billy Goat Pass. 100 feet past the pass take a side trail on the right which contours around a south-facing slope above timberline to the summit. As you begin to contour around the hill, Big Craggy and Isabella Ridge are the dominant views. Water and campsites can be found 0.2 to 0.5 miles north of Billy Goat Pass.

hiking
4 months ago

It felt closer to 10 miles round trip. Excellent close up views of Big Craggy and other nearby peaks. Lots of wildflowers blooming as the trail breaks off to Burch Mountain from the pass. Snow free all the way to the top as of 7/15. I got a little distracted looking at the scenery and ended up on some steep scree on the west side of the mountain. After backtracking a few 100 ft I was able to find the turn for the final scramble up the NW side of the peak. Didn't run into anyone else on the trail until I got back to the parking lot.