Chiwaukum Creek Trail

Leavenworth, Washington

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Hikers who weary of winter and hunger for flowers will appreciate early flower displays found along Chiwaukum Creek, east of Stevens Pass, in late spring. The flowers begin in late May and continue through the summer, but June is ideal. The Chiwaukum Creek trail is a long valley trail with several options for backpackers, but day hikers can hike as much or as little as they choose. There are generous displays of Lewisia tweedyi at several points along the trail, and in June the path is lined with lupine. In addition to flowers with which many hikers likely are already familiar, I found a display of showy ladyslipper (mountain ladyslipper) a few feet off the trail at about 3 miles. It’s a good thing they were blooming off-trail because it takes these flowers fifteen years to produce a flower, and they are becoming increasingly rare as a result of being overcollected.
Best Wildflower Hikes Washington

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Best Wildflower Hikes Washington

by Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Hikers who weary of winter and hunger for flowers will appreciate early flower displays found along Chiwaukum Creek, east of Stevens Pass, in late spring. The flowers begin in late May and continue through the summer, but June is ideal. The Chiwaukum Creek trail is a long valley trail with several options for backpackers, but day hikers can hike as much or as little as they choose.

There are generous displays of Lewisia tweedyi at several points along the trail, and in June the path is lined with lupine. In addition to flowers with which many hikers likely are already familiar, I found a display of showy ladyslipper (mountain ladyslipper) a few feet off the trail at about 3 miles. It’s a good thing they were blooming off-trail because it takes these flowers fifteen years to produce a flower, and they are becoming increasingly rare as a result of being overcollected.

© 2004 Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Leavenworth
Distance: 11
Elevation Gain: 1,560 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Hikable: June through October, Best flowers: Late May through July
Local Contacts: Leavenworth Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails Nos. 178 Leavenworth and 177 Chiwaukum Mtns
Driving Directions: Directions to Chiwaukum Creek Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

9/15/2008
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This trail was along the river and beautiful. We went in September and it was still warm and nice. It starts out along the river and then climbs up for awhile. We didn't make it to the end but it's a nice day hike. Not many people were on it so it's quiet and private.


6/24/2008
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We were looking for an easy overnight backpacking trip - this one fit the bill perfectly. There weren't many flowers unfortunately but the hike following the river was excellent. The hike along the road at the start wasn't a big deal, didn't feel like a road since it appears it is never really used. At about 3 - 3.5 miles in we found an amazing campsite right on the river with a great fire pit and spot for our tent. We brought our dog along and she loved the whole trip. There were hardly any mosquitoes or flys which was a nice surprise since they were a ton at Tumwater campground which is where we stayed the night before. It didn't get very cold or windy at night. I'd definitely do this trip again, worked out perfect for us.



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