Hike towards the base of Klawatti and Austera Peaks along Newhalem Creek on this unmaintained North Cascades National Park trail. Years of blowdowns and overgrowth make this trail difficult to hike and navigate, but Newhalem Falls and the views of the mountains cannot be beaten. It's a great way to get into the North Cascades in the winter and still avoid the snow.
Start from the end of an old Forest Service road at around 1000 feet of elevation. Newhalem Falls, stretching 167 feet, is right at the beginning of the trail. There are a number of smaller creeks that feed Newhalem Creek, providing plenty of water for hikers on a hot day. After just under two miles, there is a small creek crossing, easily managed by rock hopping when the waters are low, but potentially dangerous when the snow is melting.
Just past that, East Fork Newhalem Creek meets with the main creek and the trail. Cross here over a bridge and stop to enjoy a bite to eat or watch as the water rushes by. Continue to follow Newhalem Creek, though not quite as closely. You can hear it, but might not be able to see it. Snowfield Peak is on the left, and a cluster of peaks sits in front of you as you hike the last 2.5 miles to Newhalem Creek Stock Camp. Here, there are campsites with outhouses.
This trail hasn't been maintained in years. Blowdowns cover the whole 4.5 miles in, and it is overgrown in most places. Come prepared for some bushwhacking, but if you push through, this trail will provide solitude, low elevation access to the North Cascades, and creek views and sounds, and a walk through the old growth.