This seldom-used trail within Glacier Peak Wilderness leads through an old-growth forest with magnificent, large trees to the site of an old fire lookout build in the 1930s. Some of the firs in the deep forest on both sides of the trail measure six-feet thick at their base. The former lookout site has excellent views of the Pride Basin glaciers and land to the south. The trail ends at a rock outcropping a short distance beyond the former lookout site.
From the Darrington Ranger District office, take the Mt. Loop Highway approximately 17.0 miles to the Sloan Creek Road (Forest Service road 49) and turn left. Follow the road for 6.6 miles to the North Fork Sauk Trail 649. The Red Mountain Trail begins 100 yards in from trailhead, on the left.