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This trail follows Fisher Creek from its head near Easy Pass to its confluence with Thunder Creek. The route leads 14 miles through the North Cascades National Park backcountry.

The Fisher Creek Trail leads 14 miles through the eastern portion of the North Cascades National Park South Unit. The trail begins on Easy Pass and leads westward to the junction of Thunder Creek and Park Creek Trails. This trail can be used in conjunction with the Thunder Creek Trail and/or Park Creek Trail to form a long backpacking trek that requires a shuttle.

Most hikers access the Fisher Creek Trail from the Easy Pass Trail, which begins at a turn out near mile marker 151 on North Cascades Highway. Hike three and a half miles westward out of the Granite Creek drainage to reach Easy Pass. The ascent from North Cascades Highway to Easy Pass is 2,890 feet and considered strenuous by most.

Easy Pass lies at 6,560 feet on the boundary of North Cascades National Park (South Unit) and the eastern districts of the Mount Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest. From the pass Fisher Creek Trail descends into the National Park backcountry. The first two miles of the trail are steep, descending 1,150 feet. Fisher Camp lies at the base of the switchbacks immediately west of the pass.

As you reach Fisher Camp you also reach Fisher Creek and the trail gradient lessens significantly. The next four miles along the trail is a gradual descent along the northern bank of Fisher Creek. At the end of the four miles you'll reach Cosho Camp.

Continuing westward through this high alpine valley hikers will note Ragged Ridge to the north and Mt. Logan, with Banded and Douglas Glaciers, to the south. The trail crosses the stream approximately one mile west of Cosho Camp. On the southern bank of Fisher Stream the track crosses two tributaries emptying into Fisher Creek from the northern slopes of Mt. Logan. The third stream crossing is Logan Creek, which lies approximately one and three quarter miles east of Junction Camp.

Less than a mile from Logan Creek will be an abandoned trappers cabin made of stone. This site has been stabilized by National Park Service personnel. The unique building techniques make this dwelling interesting, and its presence, helps to remind us of a bygone era in the mountains.

About one mile from the cabin you'll come to a trail junction and primitive camping area. At this point you've traveled 14 miles from Easy Pass. This site can be used as a base camp to explore the Thunder Creek Basin. It can also be used as a brief stop before the next leg of your trek into the Stehekin River Valley or to Colonial Campground near Diablo Lake.

Directions: From Park Creek Camp, Hike northward on the Park Creek Trail 17.5 miles to the Fisher Creek Trail/Thunder Creek Trail junction.

Elevation: 6,560 feet

Ending Elevation: 3,110 feet

Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous

 
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