Enjoy a relatively gentle grade following Downey Creek into the Glacier Peak Wilderness. Several steep creek crossings can be challenging during high water. Big trees and occasional views of surrounding peaks are features of this route. Find camping spots at about mile 3 and at the end of the trail at Bachelor Creek, mile 6.6.
The Downey Creek trail is the southern end of the cross-country mountaineering route called the Ptarmigan Traverse.
From the Darrington Ranger District drive north eight miles to the Suiattle River Road 26. Follow this road east 20 miles to the Downey Creek Trailhead. The trail is just past the Downey Creek Bridge on the left (north) side of the road. Trail parking is on your right (south) side of the road.