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Beckler Peak

Central Cascades

Location

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
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Length

7.6 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 2240 ft.
Highest Point: 5026 ft.

Rating

4.51 out of 5

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WTA worked here: 2014
 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 
 

Hike a re-built trail adjacent to the Wild Sky Wilderness. The Beckler Peak trail opened in September of 2011, and with it, the Jennifer Dunn trailhead. The trail takes you through an old-growth forest to summit views of Glacier Peak, Baring, Index, the Monte Cristo Range, and Evergreen Mountain. It's easy to get to and provides great rewards for your effort. The trail has a gentle grade, it is well built, and suitable for kids. Be sure to take water with you, because there is no reliable water along the trail.

The first 0.8 miles of the trail is on a decommissioned logging road featuring a moderate grade. WTA worked here to turning the road into a trail that contours the slope, but it will take the vegetation some time to recover. The road-turned-trail pops out at an old logging landing that offers nice, open views. From here on, you're on honest-to-goodness trail as it dives into old-growth forest. Silver fir, Douglas-fir, mountain hemlock, western red cedar, Alaskan yellow cedar and near the top, noble fir.

Several switchbacks take you higher and higher. Reach a pretty, open ridge, full of alpine blueberry shrubs. You then enter rocky outcroppings of brilliant, sparkling white granite. Nice rock steps guide you up further.

Soon you're on the summit. Nowhere in this area can you get views like this as easily as you've made it here. Washington's newest wilderness area--the Wild Sky--is laid out in front of you, and above it, views for miles!

Glacier Peak, Evergreen Mountain and the Monte Cristo range are to the north and Mounts Baring and Index to the west. Mounts Daniel and Hinman with their broad glaciers as well as the striking Summit Chief, Chimney Rock and other jagged peaks are proudly displayed.

Have lunch on the small summit which is sure to be crowded on a sunny weekend day. About half a dozen hikers can perch comfortably among the rocks at one time. Be careful though, as there is an unforgiving sheer cliff at the northern edge and it's a mighty long way down. Those with squirmy kids should be patient and safe.

 

Beckler Peak

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.7243, -121.2667 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

Beckler Peak (#1240)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Skykomish Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

75 Great Hikes Seattle (Melissa Ozbek; Moon Travel)

Green Trails 175 Skykomish (2012 and later)

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Getting There

Take Highway 2 to Skykomish. 1.9 miles after passing the ranger station, take a left turn on FR 6066 (a sign indicates this road). When you see the sign, immediately slow down and prepare to turn--the turn comes up very quickly. There is a fork 1.8 miles up FR 6066. Bear right, uphill. It will be 6.6 miles total to the trailhead.

This hike is not in older guidebooks or maps. The road is in relatively good condition--dirt and gravel, with some potholes, and generally suitable for sedans. When the road is wet, don't make your turns too tight; the inside curve at switchbacks can be deep mush. There is a toilet available at trailhead.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 

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