Foggy Dew Creek/Merchants Basin

Carlton, Washington 98814

Foggy Dew Creek/Merchants Basin

Foggy Dew Creek/Merchants Basin Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Foggy Dew Creek/Merchants Basin Reviews

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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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Trail Information

Nearby City
4,500 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
4 to 6 hours
Best in late spring and fall
3,300 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,800 feet
Top Elevation
Okanogan & Wenatchee National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Martin Peak, Hungry Mountain, Green Trails: Prince Creek, No.115
Local Maps

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Jul 2018