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Sulphur Creek

North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway
48.2498, -121.1936 Map & Directions
3.6 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
900 feet
Highest Point
2,250 feet
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Road Closed: the Suiattle River Road is closed to vehicle traffic due to the Suiattle Fire

Sulphur Creek Trail sign. Photo by Roy J. Full-size image
  • Old growth
  • Rivers

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Not the easiest hike, but the reward is a hot springs if you are persistent. Continue reading

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Hiking Sulphur Creek

This trail is not well maintained, so takes some attention. The trail after the first mile brings you to a fork where if you continue left will lead to you hot springs. Continuing to the hot springs is not easy, and is more like climbing. Since the trail is not heavily used it can be hard to follow so pay attention.

When you see the log bridge cross and continue up the creek about .1 mile more. Continuing on may be difficult during this portion of the hike, and may not have much of a distinct trail. Look for some stone steps to find a pool.

This pool can seat two people, and the temperature is more warm than hot at about 90F. Use the broom to clean the bottom, and open the pipe - filling the pool takes about 20 minutes.

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  • No toilet at trailhead

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Sulphur Creek

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.2498, -121.1936 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

Road Closed: the Suiattle River Road is closed to vehicle traffic due to the Suiattle Fire

This trail is closed due to damage from the Downey Creek Fire until at least October 2022

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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

Drive Highway 530 north from Darrington or south from Highway 20 near Rockport.

Turn east at the junction for Forest Road 26; a large bridge carries you over the river. Continue driving on Forest Road 26 (the Suiattle River Road) for 22 miles to the Sulphur Creek Campground. When you arrive, park off the road, but not in the campground. Be careful your vehicle does not block traffic flow on FR 26.

More Hike Details


North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway

Sulphur Creek (#793)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

100 Hikes in Washington's Glacier Peak Region: The North Cascades

USGS Downey Mountain

USGS Lime Mountain

Green Trails 112: Glacier Peak

Green Trails 80: Cascade Pass

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Buy the Green Trails Cascade Pass No. 80 map

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