Start in an abandoned logging and burn area and climb the ridge into timber. Stay on the middle of the ridge, climbing steadily for about a mile, where you enter Wild Sky Wilderness. The trail levels off along the ridge top near Sunrise Mountain, then descends and climbs to 5,400 feet to Scorpion Mountain amidst huckleberry meadows. For a side trip you can descend 400 feet for a half mile on a spur trail and enter Henry M. Jackson Wilderness to Joan Lake. On this hike enjoy fall color changes, when the huckleberry leaves turn a brilliant, vermillion red.
Drive US Highway 2 to just west of milepost 50 (located between the town of Skykomish and the Skykomish Ranger Station). Turn north onto Beckler Road #65, toward Beckler River Campground. From US Highway 2 on FS Road #65, drive 6 miles to FS Road #6520/6530 junction. Turn right onto FS Road #6520 and drive to spur road FS Road #6526. Turn right onto this spur, continue a short distance, then turn left at the next junction and proceed to the trailhead.