Difficulty Level: Easy
Elevation Change: 500 ft (152 m)
Distance (one-way): 5.2 miles (8.4 km)
Comments: Follow signs past Coon Lake to Bridge Creek via the Old Wagon Trail. Evidence of the 2005 Shady Fire and old growth western red cedars are among the highlights. This trail is the Pacific Crest Trail heading north to State Route 20.
The Old Wagon Trail, which is also a section of the Pacific Crest Trail as it passes through North Cascades National Park, connects the lower and upper Stehekin Valley. It makes a pleasant outing through varied forest for day hikers or riders, and provides trail access to the upper Stehekin Valley for backpackers, riders, and legions of Pacific Crest Trail through-hikers in the fall. Since the historic floods of 2003, which removed the Stehekin Valley Road in large sections between Car Wash Falls and a large landslide above Shady Camp, this trail is the only maintained route to Bridge Creek from Stehekin. The trail rolls up and down through a wide variety of forest types, including old growth western red cedars and a forest mosaic created by the Shady Fire of 2005, which burned across about 0.5 mi (0.8 km) of the trail. The trail generally follows the route of a haul road that was constructed in the 1890s, although only the faintest hints of the wagon route remain.