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Upper Suiattle River

North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway
48.2540, -121.2600 Map & Directions
16.0 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain
2,320 feet
Highest Point
4,000 feet
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Road Closed: the Suiattle River Road is closed to vehicle traffic due to the Suiattle Fire

Vista Creek crossing. Photo by BryBry. Full-size image
  • Old growth
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers

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Northwest Forest Pass
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This is a remote and rugged trail that has not been maintained for decades. From the Upper Suiattle River Trail, this route fords the Suiattle River to eventually arrive at Buck Creek Pass. Continue reading

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Hiking Upper Suiattle River

This trail delivers hikers into a remote portion of forest on the eastern flanks of Glacier Peak. Start out from the trailhead at the end of FR 26 to walk 6.9 miles along the Suiattle River Trail, then head SE on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), which quickly crosses the Suiattle River on a sturdy bridge. After 3.2 miles from the start of the PCT section, you will arrive at a junction with the Upper Suiattle River Trail. Turn left onto this trail. From here on out, the way is unmaintained. Depending on the season, and the number of hikers using the trail, this section can be categorized as anything from difficult to impassable due to fallen trees and encroaching brush. Check recent trip reports and call the Darrington ranger station for more up-to-date information.

Once on the Upper Suiattle River Trail, hikers will encounter several creek fords. Seasonal flows can make these treacherous. The section of trail between the PCT and the Gamma Ridge Trail is likely to be the best maintained, as this is the approach for those going up Gamma Peak. Beyond this junction, the trail keeps going but might be hard to follow. After four miles from the divergence from the PCT the trail comes to another junction. Stay straight towards the crossing with Chocolate Creek. The trail is very difficult to follow beyond this last creek crossing.  

Upper Suiattle River

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.2540, -121.2600 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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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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

Take Highway 530, either north from Darrington or south from Highway 20 near Rockport, then turn East on the Suiattle River Road (FR 26), and drive about 23 miles to the trailhead at road’s end.

More Hike Details


North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway

Upper Suiattle River (#798)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District

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Upper Suiattle River

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