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This trail leads seven miles north from lower Bridge Creek to North Fork Meadows at the head of the drainage.

This seven mile spur trail is the saving grace of the Bridge Creek stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). The trail following North Fork Bridge Creek is often not maintained so check current conditions at a ranger station before attempting this hike. Insects can be a nuisance along this trek so be prepared for them. There are several camping sites along this trail and great views beginning in Walker Park.

To access the North Fork Bridge Creek Trail hike northward from the trailhead on the eastern side of the Bridge Creek Bridge 15.9 miles west of the Golden West Visitor Center. Follow signs for the PCT. The trail parallels the eastern bank of Bridge Creek for the first few miles. During that time it turns eastward and crosses smaller Berry Creek which joins Bridge Creek from the south.

Nearly three miles from the trailhead the route crosses Bridge Creek and splits. The left side of the split follows the North Fork Bridge Creek to Walker Park and North Fork Meadows. Follow this trail as it leads along the eastern bank of North Fork Bridge Creek. North Fork Camp lies between the two trails where they split.

The North Fork flows between Memaloose Ridge and Mt. Benzarino. Two miles from Bridge Creek Trail you'll reach Walker Park. This is a good place to camp and also the beginning of the views that unfold as you walk up the valley. From Walker Park you'll have close-up views of Goode Mountain. Less than two miles up stream from Walker Park is the confluence of Grizzly Creek and North Fork Bridge Creek. At this junction lies Grizzly Creek Camp, which contains sites to accommodate backpackers and groups using stock animals. The Grizzly Creek headwaters lie on the eastern boundary of the park in a series of small alpine lakes and glaciers.

The trail follows the drainage for nearly three more miles. The last two miles through North Fork Meadows the trail grade steepens slightly. The ending elevation at the head of the valley is 4,100 feet. The views abound from the meadows. Looking north you'll see Mt. Logan and the Douglas Glacier at the top of the North Fork Basin. Southwest of the trail is Storm King Mountain surrounded by Wyeth Glacier and Goode Glacier. East of North Fork Meadows is a long ridge of peaks and passes that form the eastern boundary of the park.

Directions: From Golden West Visitor Center, Travel northward on Stehekin River Road 15.9 miles to the eastern side of Bridge Creek Bridge. The trailhead lies on the northern side of the road. Follow signs for the Pacific Crest Trail. Hike northward on Bridge Creek Trail 3 miles to North Fork Bridge Creek Trail.

Elevation: 2,625 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

 
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