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Harold Engles Memorial Cedars

North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway
48.0924, -121.3302 Map & Directions
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
200 feet
Highest Point
1,800 feet
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One of the giant cedars at Harold Engles Memorial Cedars. Photo by geezerhiker. Full-size image
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This is a half-mile loop hike past giant cedar trees preserved by Harold Engles, a famous Forest Ranger. Continue reading

  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage

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Hiking Harold Engles Memorial Cedars

This is a half-mile loop trail that heads past giant cedar trees preserved by Harold Engles, a famous Forest Ranger. Legend has it Engles refused to include this grove in a planned timber sale because he appreciated the size and majesty of these trees. 

Hikers can now appreciate his conservation sense by looping along the flats near the North Fork Sauk River, among mind-bogglingly enormous trees, under a lush overstory, accompanied by the sound of the crashing river water. Pass a gigantic 14-foot diameter cedar tree and then arrive at a 'T' at river's edge. 

Hanging a left, you'll enjoy a lovely view of the river, and a right takes you to a deep, dark grove of cedar trees. Bask in the silent forest before tirning around and heading back the way you came.

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Harold Engles Memorial Cedars

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.0924, -121.3302 Open in Google Maps

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Northwest Forest Pass

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From the Darrington Ranger District office, travel south on Mountain Loop Highway for 16 miles to the Sloan Creek Road (Forest Service road 49). Turn onto this road and follow it east for 3.5 miles to the signboard and trailhead on the right.

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North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District

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