Just five minutes south of Darrington, this slightly overgrown trail is quite beautiful and fun to explore. It starts right at the gravel layby, and follows Clear Creek as you make your way up the hill to a small lake filled with Pacific treefrog tadpoles/frogs. Not long after you start, the trail seems to end at a gravel road (Frog Creek Rd), but at that point, if you look to your immediate left, you'll find that the trail continues on. The road is a pretty walk as well, however. Both can get you to the lake. The lake is not ideal for swimming. Also, a stick is recommended, as you will be faced with spiderwebs and nature trying to take back the trail.
North Cascades -- Mountain Loop HighwayView map below
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 357 ft.
Highest Point: 1009 ft.
Map & Directions
Co-ordinates: 48.2191, -121.5693 Open map in new window
Drive south down Mountain Loop Hwy from Darrington to a gravel layby on your right, just before the Clear Creek bridge. It's just five minutes (3.1 miles) from the turn off Hwy 530.