Horseshoe Basin

Tonasket, Washington 98855

Horseshoe Basin

Horseshoe Basin Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"In the North Cascades, wilderness is usually rugged, choked with brush, and hard to travel through. Horseshoe Basin in the Pasayten Wilderness is the opposite. The expansive, rolling alpine tundra is easy to explore.

Horseshoe Basin is a beautiful base camp for days of hiking over golden hills and mountains, to chilly lakes, and through groves of pines and larches. In fact, you almost need to stay a night or two to experience the quiet wilderness surrounding the basin."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Day Hiking: North Cascades (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
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"A land of immense natural beauty teetering on the extreme eastern end of the North Cascades, Horseshoe Basin has long been a favorite destination for backpackers. With sprawling alpine tundra, shimmering tarns, a half-dozen wide-open, easy-to-scramble summits, and spectacular wildlife observing, it’s no wonder visitors prefer to spend days here. But Horseshoe Basin’s fairly easy approach and gentle terrain make it a dead ringer for day hikers too. You won’t be able to experience it all. But you’ll get a nice taste— and by traveling lightly in this precious area you’ll leave less of an impact than all of those backpackers." Read more
100 Classic Hikes Washington (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
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"With sprawling alpine terrain, shimmering tarns, a half dozen wide-open lofty summits that are easy to scramble, and spectacular wildlife observing, lofty Horseshoe Basin is a dead ringer for a classic hike." Read more

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ton of wild life couger bears and deer and cows dont ask me where they came from i heard there wild from lost cattle drives form long ago
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Trail Information

Tonasket
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
12.4
Distance
1,150 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
6.5 hours
Duration
June-Oct
Season
Tonasket Ranger District, Tonasket; (509) 486-2186; www.fs.usda.gov/okawen
Local Contacts
USGS Horseshoe Basin; Green Trails no. 21, Horseshoe Basin
Local Maps

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Dec 2018