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Length: 9.6 mile RT
Elevation Change: 2400' cumulative elevation gain
Season: Summer thru Fall
Difficulty:   Difficult
NWF Pass Required

Features: The trailhead for this hike is located at the end of Forest Road 4440 which is the parking area for a small campground. This hike follows FS Trail 432.

About 500' before this parking area, there is a trail sign and a smaller parking area where you can access the trail without parking in the camp area, and it is a more gentle approach to the trail.

The trail follows the Twisp River for the first two miles, then crosses the North Fork of the Twisp River on a single large log. After crossing the river, the trail begins to climb in earnest. The good news is, that the scenery improves dramatically.

About a half mile from the crossing, the trail takes you along a wide open cliffy area to your left. It well worth the detour out onto this open area where you get your first breath-taking views of the local mountains. Also, this is a great place to take a break.

As you continue on your way to Twisp Pass the trail now becomes more exposed and narrow in places. Just use common sense and caution and you should not experience any real danger. The views just keep getting better and better.

There are a couple of really steep and eroded areas and a major switchback just before reaching the pass. When you arrive at Twisp Pass you will be greeted by a sign announcing your entry into the North Cascades National Park. However, this hike and description ends at the pass.

As you look around, you will see Dagger Lake below you and accessable via this same trail, but well within the National Park. Also, to the west you will have a great view of some of the taller peaks of the North Cascades, such as Goode Mountain which is over 9200 feet in elevation.

This hike is not for faint hearted. It is long. Take plenty of water, and rest often.

Looking at Goode Mountain from Twisp Pass

How to get there:

From Twisp, Washington, drive west on Twisp River Road(Okanogan County Road 9114). In about 10 miles the county road becomes Forest Service Road 44. Continue straight on Forest Service Road 44, travel 4 miles and continue straight past Mystery Campground road junction (where Forest Service Road 44 becomes Forest Service Road 4440). Continue straight on Forest Service Road 4440 for an additional 6 miles to the Gilbert Trailhead on the right (after crossing North Creek), at 24 miles northwest of Twisp. Toilet available.

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