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Squire Creek

North Cascades


North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
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8.5 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 2566 ft.


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WTA worked here: 2013

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Northwest Forest Pass

Because the way up from Squire Creek had been barred for many years due to an unstable rock slide, the trail is a mess. Bushwhacking is necessary as you approach Squire Creek Pass. The brush is high and tread non-existent in several places as you crossed avalanche chutes, rock slides and creek beds. Cairns were helpful to lead the way, route-finding skills are a must on this one.

The end of the original road, suffered several massive rockslides in 2003. The past decade has turned 2.2 miles of the road into a trail again. We had no trouble in this section, but early in the season there can be a few hairy creek crossings. Near the trailhead we were delighted to discover recent work by WTA trail crews. Maybe there is hope for rehabilitating this trail yet.

The Squire Creek side requires route-finding abilities.


Squire Creek

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.2088, -121.6298 Open map in new window


North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

Squire Creek (#654)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District

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Getting There

Driving from either direction on Highway 530, head south onto Mountain Loop Highway at the only four-way stop in town. After about .25 miles turn right onto Darrington Street. Continue until you reach the trailhead at the end of the dirt road.

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Northwest Forest Pass

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