By Hiking

If not traveling by boat, the only other way to get to Holden Village is to hike. Popular routes into Holden include passing over Spider Gap from the Phelps Creek Trailhead, over Cloudy Pass from the Pacific Crest Trail/Darrington/Stehekin areas, or over Hilgard Pass from Stehekin.

Learn more on our Outdoor Recreation page. For maps, route information, and reports on trail conditions, visit:

If you are planning to stay at Holden Village as a guest, be sure to Make a Reservation before you arrive. If you are passing through as a backpacker, climber, or thru-hiker, learn more about Hiker Services we offer.


Routes to Holden

Holden is a great base camp for adventures in Washington’s North Cascade Mountains. In addition to short day-hikes in the mountains surrounding the Village, hikers are able to enter the Village on foot from several routes:

  • The primary and most popular route starts at the Phelps Creek Trailhead near the end of Chiwawa River Road. The route is mostly flat for 5 miles (8.0 km), then climbs quickly up Spider Glacier to Spider Gap, and then down through the Lyman Lakes (located about 6 miles (9.7 km) west of Holden), at which point a well-defined trail leads into Holden along Railroad Creek and past Hart Lake.
  • Hikers from the western side of the mountains can access Holden with a 14-mile (23 km) hike up the Suiattle River Trail and Pacific Crest Trail to Suiattle Pass, leaving only a 2-mile (3.2 km) hike to Lyman Lakes via Cloudy Pass.
  • In the past, Holden was accessible from Stehekin via semi-direct trails through Devore Creek and Hilgard Pass, but the 2015 Wolverine Fire has destroyed much of the trail system in the area. The remaining trail is no longer maintained.

For maps, route information, and reports on trail conditions, visit:

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