Climb through old-growth timber the first mile before breaking out in to large meadows that give the mountain its name. By mid-summer these meadows are alive with every kind of flower imaginable, making it one of the loveliest trails in the North Cascades.
The trail enters the Glacier Peak Wilderness after one mile. After 2.5 miles, descend to a pair of small tarns (lakes). Find a backcountry toilet here. Please camp only at existing sites designated by fire-rings below the tarns. The last mile is very steep with switchbacks. Marmots live on these high grassy slopes and send out their alarm whistle, warning other marmots of your presence.
The lookout, built in 1933, is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. On a clear day, the view from the top is breathtaking. Views extend to the north past Mt. Baker into Canada, east across to Glacier Peak, south to a string of snowcapped giants and west to the Puget Sound.
Please take care of the mountain's fragile sub-alpine environment by staying on trails and camping in established sites.
Washington Trails Association
At a Glance
From Darrington drive north eight miles on State Highway 530 toward Rockport to the Suiattle River Road 26, closed at mile 12.5. From the gate hike or bike approximately seven miles to Forest Service road 2680 on the left (north). Follow this road for six miles to the trailhead.