Winchester Mountain Trail

HARD 24 reviews
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Winchester Mountain Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Maple Falls, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1338 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

Directions from Glacier: Follow Mt. Baker Hwy. 542 east for 12 miles to Forest Road #3065 (Twin Lakes Road). The road is located on the left side of the highway just beyond the Department of Transportation's Shuksan maintenance facility. Turn left on Twin Lakes Road and continue approximately 4.5 miles to the Tomyhoi Lake/Yellow Aster Butte Trailhead. The remainder of the road beyond this point is not maintained for passenger vehicles. Those persons with a 4 wheel drive high clearance vehicles may be able to continue the remaining 2 miles to Twin Lakes. Check with the ranger station for road conditions before heading out. The trailhead is located between the two lakes.

backpacking
5 days ago

Amazing hike, not hard and pretty short, did it last night for sunset and camped at the top. You need a 4x4 vehicle to get to the trailhead.

hiking
15 days ago

need a 4x4 to get to the trailhead, short hike but the views are well worth it.

hiking
17 days ago

Stunning views from the top! If you ever want to camp in a lookout tower, this one is set up well. First come first serve and dog accessible as it's not up a steep staircase. The car camping at twin lakes at the base of the hike is spectacular too. Highly recommend on a clear day.

hiking
19 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

This is such a wonderful hike if you're looking for a short hike with fantastic views. At the top is a lookout that you can stay in (first come first serve) with gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains.

We also did High Pass trail which is at the same trailhead. Personally I think this trail was way more impressive. It descends down and around Winchester Mountain through beautiful wildflowers. Then you hit switch-backs that take you up towards Mt. Larrabee (visible from Winchester Mountain Lookout). The final stretch of this hike is tough but the 360 degree views at the top are STUNNING!!!

Overall both hikes combined came to about 12 miles so be ready for a long day if you plan on hiking both trails. Afterwards spend some time at Twin Lakes!

Note: the road to this trailhead is not maintained past Yellow Aster Butte trailhead and you will need a high clearance vehicle to get there.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty easy hike with an amazing view! The road getting there was very rough, but definitely worth it. The bugs were also pretty bad. Overall, though, this hike is definitely one of my favorites.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
8 months ago

Love the cabin at the top, it's a short hike with a really great view for your efforts. Need a 4x4 to get to the trailhead.

hiking
8 months ago

One of my all time favourite hikes. It is an easy hike (mainly cause you drive up most of the mountain). Amazing views for an easy hike.

11 months ago

Saturday, September 17, 2016

backpacking
Saturday, September 17, 2016

hiking
Thursday, August 25, 2016

hiking
Friday, August 12, 2016

hiking
Thursday, August 04, 2016

incredible trail! did it with 5 friends. there was place that was washed out, a huge patch of snow was blocking the trail. we ended up going up & around it. going down was all gravel & did not seem safe.

the road was rough in a few spots going up to the trail head. my Nissan didn't make it up but we all piled into my friend's Outback. not a lot of visibility at the top.

jumped into one of the Twin Lakes after! great hike.

Friday, January 08, 2016

Amazing view. Road to the trailhead was pretty rough when I did it back in Sept 2013.

hiking
Wednesday, October 21, 2015

camping
Friday, October 02, 2015

Sunday, July 19, 2015