Fortune Creek Trail

5/5 (28 reviews)
Roslyn, Washington (Kittitas County)
Last Updated: 06/14/2022
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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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Trail Reviews

5/5 (28 reviews)
Dean
400
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/28/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

The trail was very fun and somewhat challenging at times. I completed the trail solo on a weekend in my 2011 Land Cruiser. The car is currently on 33" BFG KO2's and a 2" lift, so nothing crazy. I accessed the second part of the trail and I would definitely label this area as medium to medium-hard when compared to the first part of the trail. I consider the trail split in two halves by FR160. There were quite a few rutted out areas and quite a few off camber spots in the second part of the trail. A decent uphill area with loose rocks came at the end. Due to the fact that the vehicle is on the wider side, I was unable to place my tires on certain obstacles as I wanted. However, overall the track was fun and I would definitely do it again. If you have a full size vehicle/truck take it nice and easy, pick your spots and you should be okay. If you have a long vehicle you will have scraping/ damage to your running boards. The lake was not really scenic as it was approximately 2-3 feet deep. The surrounding was more interesting.
Chad
1800
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/21/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Love this trail! Views are always incredible, trail is always changing a little so you never know what to expect exactly. Perfect trail to let my step-daughter get some seat time in.
Trail Review: Fortune Creek Trail - Chad
Trail Review: Fortune Creek Trail - Chad
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/13/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Ran this trail on a Saturday and it was in great shape! There were a decent amount of other rigs and ORV along the way but wouldn't say that it was too crowded considering it was a weekend. The trail itself was great, it's quite rocky and has some larger boulders/rocks in certain areas but are fairly easy to navigate. I am running 33s and a 2.5 inch lift which was extremely helpful on this trail. A stock vehicle would likely have a harder time, but I think it is totally doable with the right tire placement/line (but would recommend having some skid plates). Overall would highly recommend this trail to anyone looking to do some more moderate wheeling!
Trail Review: Fortune Creek Trail - David Hinton
Trail Review: Fortune Creek Trail - David Hinton
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/11/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

This trail is a classic, its hard to beat for easy to moderate wheeling in a beautiful setting. The trail is in good condition with some lines getting harder while others have gotten more difficult over the years. There is a rock on the hill climb if you turn left at waypoint 7 that is becoming more exposed making that line harder. The same is true for the hole that has developed just after the left to the lake. Lower off road trims of Wrangler or Tacoma/4runners will need to be careful, as would full size rigs. With good technique this is a great trail for beginners running jeep or Toyotas with higher level off road trims.
Status: Open
Visited: 08/18/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

From Portland, Or, but decided to make the drive to this lake based off some pics I had seen posted in FB about it. I looked it up on the Forest service web page, and it said it was an easy route, so decided it would be a good trip to take my offroad trailer on. I have to say, I think the estimates of difficulty and what this site suggest (Easy) are underrating it a bit. During the trip in we got behind 3 basically stock rigs that were having some pretty good struggles making it. There are enough big rocks and erosion that they were often lifting a wheel off the ground, causing all kinds of traction and ground clearance issues for the unlocked vehicles. I was able to make it fairly easily, but the articulation for even my loaded down vehicle with its lift, UCAs and other mods was enough to break a sway bar end link in the front. And, it was also enough to cause me to drag my rear bumper and exhaust pipe on a rock or two, along with catching my folded up tongue jack on a rock and bending its foot pad (all happened on the way down, dropping off the rocks). It was dry, so never got close to being stuck or anything, but it would have been much more sporting if it were wet. The biggest fear I had was if we were to run into someone coming the other way. It was so narrow and rough, it would have been extremely difficult if I would have had to back down any significant way. And, we were totally lucky in that respect, as on the way up we did only meet 1 vehicle heading back down that Friday afternoon, that was already pulled off waiting for the 3 previously mentioned stock vehicles and myself to go by. The rest of the weekend was literally non-stop vehicles coming and going too! We were one of about 10 different rigs that were staying up there, and there were dozens more throughout the weekend that came and went, along with horse riders, trail bike riders, and hikers. We definitely weren't lonely. Many of the 4WD visitors were very surprised that we had gotten the trailer in there, and gave many appreciative comments. They did suggest to avoid traffic, leave extremely early in the morning, or head out at the very end of the day, or we were likely to hit a wall of vehicles, which advice we did take. We left about 5am on Monday morning, and didn't run into anybody. We also found out from a local that the Western half of the trail can be bypassed by taking the well groomed forest road 4330-170 that runs parallel to the jeep trail just to the north of it. Maps show the road as closed, but the local assured me it wasn't, which was what we indeed found as the case. Though again we weren't having huge difficulty on the jeep trail, I just really wanted to make sure we didn't run into anyone coming up, so took the easy (wide) way in an abundance of caution. Overall it was a great trail, and a decent workout for my setup. I would say again though it is underrated for stock vehicles. Doable, but not "easy".
Trail Review: Fortune Creek Trail - Christopher Furrow
Trail Review: Fortune Creek Trail - Christopher Furrow

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