Slate Creek Road

Mazama, Washington

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After making the exhilarating trek up to Harts Pass, you will plunge into the narrow, steep-walled canyon of Slate Creek, following a road that miners, hikers and backcountry explorers have traveled since gold was discovered in the area in 1880. Relics from the late 19th and early 20th century, such as old mine sites, town sites and dilapidated structures, still dot the mountains. You will pass a number of active claims, although much of the activity today is recreational rather than entrepreneurial. The drive ends in 5.4 miles, at an old log-supported bridge over Slate Creek that the Forest Service says is no longer safe for vehicles larger than ATVs, motorcycles and mountain bikes. You can hike or ride from there for another 5 miles, to road’s end at the site of Chancellor, one of the area’s several short-lived boom towns. You can combine this trip with the drive to Slate Peak. Easy but a bit rough, on a narrow single-lane native-surface road requiring high ground clearance. It’s typically open from early July through September.
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Washington Byways

by Tony Huegel (Wilderness Press)

After making the exhilarating trek up to Harts Pass, you will plunge into the narrow, steep-walled canyon of Slate Creek, following a road that miners, hikers and backcountry explorers have traveled since gold was discovered in the area in 1880. Relics from the late 19th and early 20th century, such as old mine sites, town sites and dilapidated structures, still dot the mountains. You will pass a number of active claims, although much of the activity today is recreational rather than entrepreneurial.

The drive ends in 5.4 miles, at an old log-supported bridge over Slate Creek that the Forest Service says is no longer safe for vehicles larger than ATVs, motorcycles and mountain bikes. You can hike or ride from there for another 5 miles, to road’s end at the site of Chancellor, one of the area’s several short-lived boom towns. You can combine this trip with the drive to Slate Peak. Easy but a bit rough, on a narrow single-lane native-surface road requiring high ground clearance. It’s typically open from early July through September.

©  Tony Huegel/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Mazama
Distance: 10.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Local Contacts: Okanogan National Forest's Methow Valley Ranger District Visitor Information Center
Local Maps: Washington Road & Recreation Atlas; Okanogan National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Slate Creek Road

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