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Huckleberry Mountain — Monday, Jun. 2, 2014

North Cascades

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Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Obstacles on trail:
    Muddy or wet trail,
    Overgrown in places.


Road impassable/closed
Work on the Suiattle River Road has begun and the road was still open to foot traffic. A lot of activity with vehicles and heavy equipment so probably will not come back until its open, hopefully this fall before the snow hits. The trailhead is about a half mile after milepost 14 and was easy to miss because of all the nettles. With the heat, humidity, and the chest high overgrowth of nettles and ferns, I felt I was hiking in a jungle in Southeast Asia. I pushed on and it was on again off again with the overgrowth. Good thing I had long pants, but should have had long sleeves as well. There were parts of the trail that were fine and easy to follow and since there was significant elevation gain I thought I would finally get out of the nettles and have an easier time. There were times when the trail was a creek and there were some bad mudholes. At one point the trail ended at a creek and I found the trail again 50 feet downstream on the other side. I continued to push on and carried the Yorkie where the trail was badly overgrown and there were also a few large blowdowns. I think I pushed thru about three miles before the trail was choked with blowndowns, badly overgrown, and bear scat everywhere. Seems like the bears have been the only trail users in awhile. This is the farthest I have hiked this trail, but did not break out into any viewpoints. Hopefully this trail will get some attention soon, it really needs some work. I'm really looking forward to the Suiattle River Road opening up.



JayL - The Hucklberry Mountain trail has always been a bit woogie above the Fred Bugner hunting camp, a little ways after your turnaround spot - but the first 3 miles has rec'd fair maintenance when the road was opened - but those nettles at the beginning of the trail are always there!

The upper portion of the trail is a nice forest of silver fir, and the views open up and huge meadows with nice views are at the day hiking turnaround spot. Going to Hucklberry summit takes some doing; I haven't done it, but it's not easy. But the huge meadows are a boot-stopper anyway. Really nice.

I hope the trail gets maintenance relatively soon! It's among my favorites.

Posted by:

"Kim Brown" on Jun 03, 2014 09:26 AM