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Suiattle River Trail

North Cascades

Location

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
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Length

13.8 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 2500 ft.

Rating

3.80 out of 5

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WTA worked here: 2021
 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
Trail Closed: The Suiattle River Road is closed just west of the Downey Creek Bridge until October 6 2021 due to forest fire damage.
 
 

The trail winds its way above the Suiattle River through old growth forest and some mature forest recovering from an old burn from the 1920’s. The vegetation in the upper Suiattle watershed includes a wonderful mixture of west/east species. Along the trail you will see Pacific (western) yew, Douglas-fir and western hemlock, and on the Miner’s Ridge trail, accessible from the Suiattle River trail, you'll see lodgepole pine.

Within minutes of the Suiattle trailhead is the steep, lovely Sulphur Mountain trail. At 0.9 miles is the unsigned intersection with the now-inaccessible Milk Creek trail. There no bridge over the Suiattle River as of October 2014.

At about 3 miles is a commuter campsite (not a destination-camp). It is nice, but there is no water nearby. In early season, expect wet boots at several water crossings on the trail, but later in summer, these are mere rock-hops.

Roughly 6.5 miles in, an impressive log suspension bridge spans Canyon Creek, where there are several nice campsites on both sides of the creek, and pit toilets. At 0.3 miles beyond Canyon Creek, the Suiattle Trail becomes the Pacific Crest Trail. It is worth the 15 minute walk on the PCT south to views of the Suiattle River from the hiker/stock bridge over the River. Further on, the PCT south leads to Mica Lake and Fire Creek Pass in the lap of Glacier Peak, and beyond.

Back on the Suiattle trail, in 2.5 miles, the PCT north intersects with the Miners Ridge Trail (#785) to Miner’s Ridge Lookout, Image Lake and high mountain explorations. Beyond Image Lake lie Lyman Lakes and a multitude of other backcountry adventures.

 

Suiattle River Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.2481, -121.1921 Open map in new window

Trailhead

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

Suiattle River Trail (#784)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District

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Getting There

Drive Highway 530 north from Darrington or south from Highway 20 near Rockport. Turn east on FR 26--the Suiattle River Road--and drive to the end of the road (about 23 miles).

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
Trail Closed: The Suiattle River Road is closed just west of the Downey Creek Bridge until October 6 2021 due to forest fire damage.
 

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