Fortune Creek Trail

Roslyn, Washington (Kittitas County)

Last Updated: 06/20/2021
4.9 / 5 ( 17 reviews )
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Seasonal Closure
Typically Open: 06/15 - 11/15
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 5.56 miles
Highest Elevation: 5600 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Roslyn
Nearest Town w/ Services: Roslyn
Official Road Name: 4W301
Management Agency: Okanogan - Wenatchee National Forest
District: Cle Elum Ranger District


Highlight: Fortune Creek Trail
Fortune Creek trail is located just North of Roslyn, Washington (home of the hit TV show "Northern Exposure"). It is only accessible for four-wheel drive vehicles from the middle of June till November. With the trail connecting to several other great trails in the area, it makes for an excellent day trip. It is a very easy nontechnical trail that can be enjoyed by any four wheel drive vehicle with adequate ground clearance. This trail follows an old mining road that was cut back at the turn on the century in search of gold. If you look carefully you will still see Federal mine claim signs just off the trail and old rusted mining equipment. At the end of the six mile trail, you will be surprised to find beautiful Lake Gallagher. This trail is filled with beautiful vistas, large mountains, and many areas to camp and explore.


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1. Trailhead - Start (0 mi)
This is the trailhead for Fortune Creek Trail / 4W301. Located about 20 miles from downtown Roslyn.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Roslyn, Washington

Drive north on highway 903. This highway parallels Cle Elum Lake for many miles. At 13.6 miles make sure to slow down as the highway turns into the Cayuse Campground. Drive through the campground and there will be a historic Log Cabin on the right. This is a great spot to air down and disconnect the sway bars. There are also fault toilet facilities​ at this location. At mile marker 13.7 turn right onto NF-4330. The trail begins at mile marker 20.0. Take right off NF-4330 and onto Fortune Creek Trail (4W301).



Trail Reviews (26)

Questions & Answers (5)

Q: Has anyone been up this week? Just wondering if still doable or has snow closed most of it down?
–Ed Keeley (11/06/2020)
–Michael Graham (11/09/2020)
Q: Looking to try this coming week. Given the current covid stuff, I'm struggling to find a place to get away. Is this open this time a year? 5/72020 Any ideas where else to camp by water?
–John walker (05/07/2020)
–Michael Graham (05/08/2020)
–Ryan Boudreau (05/08/2020)
Q: Would a levelled F-150 on 33's work?
–Marc Robinson (06/14/2019)
–Michael Graham (06/17/2019)
Q: Are there any hiking trails along the fortune creek trail waypoints or at the lake?
–Alexander Ahn (08/31/2018)
–Travis Yost (10/06/2018)
Q: Do we know if the Fortune Creek Trail is open as of yet?
–Chris (06/23/2018)
–Peter Jancola (06/26/2018)

Writer Information

Michael Graham

Mapping Crew - Washington

Michael Graham is retired from the U.S. Army as an Infantry First Sergeant with 23 years of service. He did a tour in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He presently owns a Process Service Company in Tacoma. He is originally from Upstate New York but after being stationed in Washington knew immediately that this part of the county felt like home. He had a Jeep CJ5 as his first 4x4 but back in the 80's there wasn't a lot of hype and add-on parts as there are today. Building your rig is half the fun, making it your own style. He has actually found it to be an addiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest, in the Tacoma / Puyallup area and loves the sport of "wheeling" which allows access to so much more than a hiking trailhead. He enjoys organized rides and poker runs and the freedom and exploration this sport allows. Finding this website and authoring trail write-ups has really enhanced this sport for him. If you are new to the sport or just looking for someone to show you the trails he would love to hear from you.
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