McCart Tower to Swift Creek the Cutover

Total Miles


1,796.23 ft


0.75 Hours

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Best Time

Fall, Summer, Spring

Trail Overview

This run is an excellent easy cutover trail that links the Johnson Peak Trailhead and McCart Lookout Tower Trail to the Swift Creek Hiking Trailhead. It's a twisty windy dirt trail along the ridge with some narrow spots only wide enough for one vehicle. Some ruts and potholes to look out for but not too many. There is no apparent dispersed camping other than at the hiking trailheads themselves. Most offshoot trails have closed gates, but one is open close to the Swift Creek trailhead. The trail has beautiful views of the valley below and the mountain range across the valley. There is no Winter maintenance; if traveling in Spring or after a good storm, be prepared to clear deadfall. There is no cell service back here.


Mild ruts and potholes, some really narrow sections on shelf roads.

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