Climb steadily through thick, old forest and enter the Henry M. Jackson Wilderness. The forest is punctuated by avalanche chutes before opening into the meadow basin below the steep slopes and cliffs of Bedal and Sloan Peaks. The trail becomes more obscure toward the end and gradually disappears before the Harry Bedal’s historic trapping cabin.
From the Darrington Ranger District office, take Mt. Loop Highway, Forest Service road 20, for 17.5 miles to Forest Service road 4096 on the left. Turn onto Forest Service Road 4096 and climb steeply for approximately two miles to its end.
From the Verlot Public Service Center (11 miles east of Granite Falls, WA), travel east on Mt. Loop Highway east for 26 miles to Forest Service road 4096, turn right and ascend this steep road for two miles.