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Stetattle Creek

North Cascades

Location

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20
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Length

6.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 1100 ft.

Rating

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
A backcountry permit is required to camp overnight in North Cascades National Park. Call the Wilderness Information Center at (360) 854-7245 the day of or the day before your trip to obtain a permit
The Stehekin valley is currently only open to day use; the park buses are not running and camping is closed. Call the Golden West Visitor Center for more information.
 
 

The Stettatle Creek Trail is an infrequently-used path that delivers hikers into a deep canyon in the heart of the North Cascades. Though it clears early in the season, this may not be the best option for those looking for an easy walk -- the trail is rugged and requires scrambling in places. 

From the trailhead in Diablo, the trail immediately sets off along Stetattle, a cold, rushing creek -- perhaps more aptly called a river. You will walk past a housing area before entering the forest, and shortly after entering the forest, arrive at a washed-out section of trail. A landslide on the opposite side of the creek resulted in high water that wrecked the trail, which means it now requires a bit of a scramble to cross the washed-out section.

But beyond the washout, the trail is perfectly walkable. After 1.6 miles, the trail begins a switchbacking climb that rises several hundred feet above creek level. The narrow, mossy trail eventually levels out and traverses the slope of Sourdough Mountain in dry forest. There are glimpses of huge snowy peaks looming above, but views are limited for the most part.

Every so often, the trail crosses creeks tumbling down from the snowy heights above. The streams that feed Stetattle Creek originate high in the glaciers of McMillan Spires and Davis Peak. When the snowpack is heavy, the spring melt can swell these creeks to impassable -- use your best judgement as you press on. The trail eventually peters out after 3 miles.

 

Stetattle Creek

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.7171, -121.1500 Open map in new window

Trailhead

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

North Cascades National Park

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Getting There

On Highway 20, proceed to milepost 126 and turn into the town of Diablo. Note: this is different than Diablo Dam. Find the trailhead just past the Stetattle Creek Bridge at the entrance to town. Parking is available in a small turnout to the right -- please park so other hikers can come and go while you hike.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
A backcountry permit is required to camp overnight in North Cascades National Park. Call the Wilderness Information Center at (360) 854-7245 the day of or the day before your trip to obtain a permit
The Stehekin valley is currently only open to day use; the park buses are not running and camping is closed. Call the Golden West Visitor Center for more information.
 

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