This trail leads into Horseshoe Basin from the Cascade Pass Trail. It is approximately four miles one way to an abandoned mining site. The route provides excellent views of the Sahale and Davenport glaciers and passes nearly 15 waterfalls.
Begin the hike at Glory Mountain, because access to the Cottonwood Trailhead can not be gained on foot. At the end of the shuttle route begin hiking along what remains of the Stehekin River Road. It is approximately three miles from the end of the road (due to flooding in 1995) to Cottonwood Trailhead. Elevation gained along this stretch of the hike is minimal, approximately 500 feet.
Once you reach the trailhead follow the Cascade Pass Trail westward along the upper reaches of the Stehekin River. Two miles from the trailhead (approximately one half mile from the second stream crossing) you'll see a trail leading northward. Turn right and follow this trail into Horseshoe Basin. The route traverses eastward to the bank of Basin Creek. It then begins to climb steeply northward following the creek.
The trail follows the stream for a mile climbing steadily. It switchbacks then climbs a short distance to the Black Warriors Mine. The trail ends at 5,600 feet immediately south of the Sahale glacier.
Directions: From Stehekin, Take the shuttle northward along Stehekin River Road to Glory Mountain. At the end of the shuttle route hike northward along the road to Cottonwood Trailhead. Follow the Cascade Pass Trail westward 2 miles to the Horseshoe Basin Trail.
Elevation: 2,750 feet
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