Mt. Higgins Trail 640


The first mile climb steeply up an old road through a recently thinned area and a clear-cut that later burned. Discover good views of the valley in approximately one mile. The trail leaves Washington State Department of Natural Resources land and enters forest passing over a number of broken puncheon bridges before crossing Dick’s Creek at two miles. This creek can be very difficult to ford during high flows.

At approximately three miles, find an often brushy and muddy spur trail to the left (west) to 7.6-acre Myrtle Lake. At an elevation of 3,700 feet, a marshy shore surrounds this quiet lake with limited camping. The main trail going right (east) climbs slightly, passing through a number of small meadows then climbs consistently, passing through boulder fields and dense forest until reaching the summit.

This is the site of former Mt. Higgins Lookout, which was used for fire detection in the summers from 1926 to 1949. The views of the surrounding mountains are outstanding: Glacier Peak to the east; White Horse, Three Fingers, and Mt. Rainier to the south. Looking west offers views of the Olympics and Puget Sound.

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At a Glance

Usage: Light
Best Season: Summer/Fall
Closest Towns: Oso, Washington
Information Center: Check current conditions or call Darrington Ranger District office at 360-436-1155 or Verlot Public Service Center at 360-691-7791.

General Information


From the Darrington Ranger District office, take Highway 530 west for 11.8 miles. Just west of milepost 38, take the road to the north, signed C-Post Road. Continue on the road for .5 miles, cross the North Fork Stillaguamish River and turn left at the unmarked junction. Continue up this very rough road 2.3 miles. The road dead-ends at the trailhead. The trial is on the right (east side) of the road.

General Notes:


  • Darrington Ranger District
  • Green Trails: Oso 77

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4.5 miles

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  Elevation : 
1,600 feet - 4,800 feet