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Upper Suiattle River

North Cascades

Location

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
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Length

16.0 miles, one-way

Elevation

Gain: 2320 ft.
Highest Point: 4000 ft.

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Northwest Forest Pass
 
 

This trail delivers hikers into a remote portion of forest on the eastern flanks of Glacier Peak. Start out from the trailhead at the end of FR 26 to walk 6.9 miles along the Suiattle River Trail, then head SE on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), which quickly crosses the Suiattle River on a sturdy bridge. After 3.2 miles from the start of the PCT section, you will arrive at a junction with the Upper Suiattle River Trail. Turn left onto this trail. From here on out, the way is unmaintained. Depending on the season, and the number of hikers using the trail, this section can be categorized as anything from difficult to impassable due to fallen trees and encroaching brush. Check recent trip reports and call the Darrington ranger station for more up-to-date information.

Once on the Upper Suiattle River Trail, hikers will encounter several creek fords. Seasonal flows can make these treacherous. The section of trail between the PCT and the Gamma Ridge Trail is likely to be the best maintained, as this is the approach for those going up Gamma Peak. Beyond this junction, the trail keeps going but might be hard to follow. After four miles from the divergence from the PCT the trail comes to another junction. Stay straight towards the crossing with Chocolate Creek. The trail is very difficult to follow beyond this last creek crossing.  

 

Upper Suiattle River

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.2540, -121.2600 Open map in new window

Trailhead

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

Upper Suiattle River (#798)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District

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Getting There

Take Highway 530, either north from Darrington or south from Highway 20 near Rockport, then turn East on the Suiattle River Road (FR 26), and drive about 23 miles to the trailhead at road’s end.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 

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Upper Suiattle River

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