Foggy Dew Creek/Merchants Basin

Carlton, Washington

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This hoofer is not for the weak of heart. Consistently steep, the mega-climb begins around 3,600 feet and doesn’t quit until it hits almost 8,000 feet —all within only 5 miles! It’s a slightly technical ride as well, as the trail travels over loose rocks from time to time. This is one of the more challenging trails in the state and, despite its relatively short mileage, will take all day to ride, giving real meaning to the word epic.
Mountain Biking Washington

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Mountain Biking Washington

by Amy & Mark Poffenbarger (Falcon Guides)

This hoofer is not for the weak of heart. Consistently steep, the mega-climb begins around 3,600 feet and doesn’t quit until it hits almost 8,000 feet —all within only 5 miles! It’s a slightly technical ride as well, as the trail travels over loose rocks from time to time. This is one of the more challenging trails in the state and, despite its relatively short mileage, will take all day to ride, giving real meaning to the word epic.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Carlton
Distance: 16.5
Elevation Gain: 4,500 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 4 to 6 hours
Season: Best in late spring and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 3,300 feet
Top Elevation: 7,800 feet
Local Contacts: Okanogan & Wenatchee National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Martin Peak, Hungry Mountain, Green Trails: Prince Creek, No.115
Driving Directions: Directions to Foggy Dew Creek/Merchants Basin

Recent Trail Reviews

6/11/2000
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As the trail description states, this can be a hard core / steep climb. Foggy Dew Trail is a bikers (or hikers) gem tucked in the Okanogan NF. The trail parallels the path of Foggy Dew Creek which remains in constant earshot or visible. Gradual climb. Great campsite at the top of Foggy Dew Falls. Snow pack hits trail at 5050ft (where creek splits: south to North Navarre Peak, north to Merchants Basin/Sunrise Lake). We hiked the rest, steep climb up Trail #417 toward Merchants Basin. We stopped at 6800ft. Great views of valley below, N. Navarre peak, Sunrise Lake region. Total snow cover at this point. After snow thaws, looks like an awesome ride area! Lots of random wildlife too - marmot, deer, etc. Foggy Dew is a great locale for an overnight or weekend excursion.



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