Mountain Loop Scenic Byway Conditions

The following reports are updated weekly through forest visitor reports. Please call ranger stations to give your report after your hike, or send an  email. Please contact the Darrington Ranger District (360) 436-1155 or the Verlot Public Service Center at (360) 691-7791 for detailed conditions.

Road & Trail Status Definitions

• OPEN - No restrictions, forest visitors can drive the road or hike the trail.
• UNREACHABLE - Forest visitors can only drive or hike part of the trail because of snow, trail damage, wildlife habitat or road or trail is not reachable because of damage or closures on roads or trails leading to it.
• CLOSED - Road or trail closed because of forest closures, wildlife habitat, road damage, gates or barriers. Forest visitors cannot drive any part of the road or hike any part of the trail.
• NOT CLEARED - Road or trail is snow covered or not brushed out but still open.
• INACCESSIBLE - Road or trail not reachable because of road damage or closures on roads or trails leading to it.
• TEMP CLOSED – Road or trail construction closing access.
• UNKNOWN – Status of road or trail not known at this time.

Road Conditions    

Please take precautions as weather conditions can change. Bring extra clothing, food, water, blankets, first aid kit and let someone know your destination and expected day/time of return. 

Heading to Darrington, Washington:
Washington State Department of Transportation has closed State Route 530 in both directions between milepost 36 at Whitman Road and milepost 39 at 310th Street Northeast due to a massive mudslide near Oso, Washington approximately 10 miles west of Darrington. The road is blocked indefinitely. To reach trails in the Darrington area, visitors are recommended to use the route going east on Highway 20 and south on SR 530. See Detours to the Darrington Ranger District.  

 
Road Current Status & Remarks Surface / Lanes
Segelson
18
NOT CLEARED 
4/18/2014
Snow – Slide partially blocking at mile 8. Washington State Sno-park permit required. See North Cascades (State Route 20) section for road 17 information.
Gravel
One Lane
Segelson Ridge
1855
NOT CLEARED      
4/18/2014
Inaccessible due to snow. Road can be very rough, not recommended for passenger cars.
Gravel
One Lane
Mt. Higgins
SLO-5500
INACCESSIBLE  
NO PUBLIC ACCESS. This is road runs through private property with no public easement. There is a closed gate just before the bridge over the Stillaguamish River. Limited parking.
Gravel
One Lane

Mt. Loop Scenic Hwy
Hwy 7 County
Mt. Loop Hwy – Verlot
 2000

OPEN-  Verlot to Barlow Pass
4/18/2014

The highway is open to provide alternative access to the Darrington community due to the land slide closing SR 530 between milepost 36 (Whitman Road) and milepost 39 (310th Street Northeast).

OPEN - Darrington to Barlow Pass
4/18/2014. Paved two lane road first 10 miles from Darrington. A 14 mile section is a rough and narrow, one lane gravel Forest Service road with pullouts. Four wheel drive or high clearance vehicles are strongly recommended. If you choose to travel this route please be prepared for winter travel conditions in a remote mountain area with limited cell phone service. This section has a 5-ton weight limit making it unsuitable for freight or heavy trucks which should use the State Route 20 to State Route 530 detour.

Minor delays are possible due to ongoing maintenance work. For road information go to Snohomish County Road Updates.

 

Paved / Two LaneCounty Road first 9.4 miles from Darrington
Gravel / One Lane next14 miles to Barlow
French Creek
2010
OPEN
4/18/2014

Located at mile 41 on highway 530, 8.2 miles before reaching Darrington. Access to Boulder River trailhead.
Gravel
Mine
2030
CLOSED
Closed from Moose Creek Bridge to the trailhead due to bridge approach damage. This road accesses Neiderprum (Whitehorse climbing route) trailhead. Limited parking at road end.
Gravel
Squire Creek
2040

Partially OPEN 
4/18/2014 
Debris and rock slide partially blocking road about 3 miles from town. Snow possible on road before reaching trailheadMajor slide in 2002 closed road to motorized vehicles two miles from the old trailhead, about 3.5 miles from Darrington. Boot path and roadbed can be hiked to trailhead.

Gravel
Clear Creek
2060
NOT CLEARED  
4/18/2014
Snow - Reports of about 2’ of wet snow at about 1,600 feet elevation, just before trailhead. Expect downed trees and debris. Rough road, not recommended for low-clearance vehiclesRough road, not recommended for low-clearance vehicles. Not maintained beyond FS road 2065 junction. 
Gravel
Copper Creek
2065
NOT CLEARED     
Inaccessible due to snow. Not maintained beyond Eightmile Trailhead. 
Gravel
One Lane
Helena Ridge / Murphy Creek
2070
NOT CLEARED 
4/18/2014
Snow- Wet slippery snow reported at about 1,600 feet elevation.
Gravel
One Lane
Helena Creek
2075
NOT CLEARED 
4/18/2014
Snow      
Gravel
One Lane
Falls Creek
2080
CLOSED  
Closed to vehicle traffic beyond the junction with Forest Service road 2081. This does not affect access to Peek-A-Boo Lake Trail. Okay to hike or bike beyond.    
Gravel
One Lane
Peek-A-Boo Lake
2081/86
NOT CLEARED  
4/18/2014
Snow       
Gravel
One Lane
Mt. Pugh
2095
CLOSED   
Seasonal closure to the trailhead Oct. 16 - May 31. One mile walk from gate to the trailhead. 
Gravel
One Lane
Prairie Mtn.
2140
UNKNOWN
 
Gravel
One Lane
North Side Sauk Road
22
NOT CLEARED-partial 
Open from the south via Road 24. Gated at Sauk Prairie Road on the north. 
Gravel
One Lane
White Chuck
23
NOT CLEARED- partial      
Snow - Closed beyond the junction with road 27 to motorized vehicle use. This road no longer provides trailhead access for trails into Glacier Peak and Kennedy Hot Springs. The trail and hot springs were destroyed during floods in 2003, 2006 & 2007.  
Gravel
One Lane
Dan's Creek
24
NOT CLEARED-partial     
4/18/2014
Heavy wet, deep snow reported beyond junction with FS road 2420. Heavy traffic alert -  Caution several active logging operations starting Jan. 6. There will be delays and closures on the road during operating periods for public safety.     
Gravel
One Lane
Dan's Cr. Divide
2420
NOT CLEARED - partial    
4/18/2014
Snow - Heavy traffic alert - Caution several active logging operations. Watch for road maintenance and truck traffic.       
Gravel
One Lane
Upper Decline
2435,2436, 2430
NOT CLEARED - partial   
4/18/2014
Snow - Forest Service road 2430 closed above the junction with road 2435 due to a timber sale activity.
Gravel
One Lane
Rat-Trap Pass
27
NOT CLEARED   
4/18/2014
Snow    
Gravel
One Lane
Stillaguamish/Texas Pond
28
NOT CLEARED    
4/18/2014
Snow - no recent report of conditions.   
Gravel
One Lane
North Mountain
2810
NOT CLEARED  
4/18/2014
Snow - Washington Department of Natural Resources logging operations may close Forest Service road 2810 at mile 2.9 to mile 4.8 through to spring 2014.
Paved/Gravel
One Lane
Rinker Ridge
29
NOT CLEARED 
4/18/2014
Snow - Not maintained beyond Texas Pond.
Gravel
One Lane
Schweitzer Creek
 4020
NOT CLEARED 
4/18/2014
Snow on the road before reaching trailhead.      
Gravel
One Lane
Bear Lake & Pinnacle
 4021
NOT CLEARED 
4/18/2014
Snow on the road before reaching trailhead.     
Gravel
One Lane
Mallardy & Walt Bailey
4030
NOT CLEARED 
4/18/2014
Snow on the road before reaching trailhead.    
Gravel
One Lane
River Road
 4037
CLOSED
Road is closed to motorized traffic except local property access. Flat hike or bike ride along the river. Park out of the way of the gate.
 
Deer Creek
 4052
CLOSED      
4/18/2014
Road is closed to motorized traffic for winter snow play area. Snow on the road before reaching trailhead.     
Gravel
One Lane
Coal Lake
 4060
INACCESSIBLE    
4/18/2014
Snow on the road before reaching trailhead.    
Gravel
One Lane
Sunrise Mine
 4065
INACCESSIBLE    
4/18/2014
Snow on the road before reaching trailhead.    
Gravel
One Lane
Elliott Creek (Goat Lake)
 4080
INACCESSIBLE   
4/18/2014
Snow on the road before reaching trailhead 
  Gravel
One Lane
Tupso Pass
 41
CLOSED 
Snow - Closed to all motorized traffic at mile 8.1 (0.1 miles past the Canyon Creek Bridge) due to road damage. OK to hike or bike to trailhead. There is currently no timeline for repairs to the road damage beyond mile 8. Trailhead is at mile 18. 
Gravel
One Lane
Green Mtn.
 4110
NOT CLEARED
4/18/2014
Snow   
Gravel
One Lane
Canyon Lake
4111
NOT CLEARED 
Washout at mile 0.3 not passable to vehicles. 
Gravel
One Lane
Mt. Pilchuck
 42
NOT CLEARED-partial     
4/18/2014
Snow -  Mt. Pilchuck road is closed at mile 1, the Heather Lake trailhead, for the winter.   
Gravel
One Lane
Sloan Creek/North Fork Sauk
49
NOT CLEARED 
4/18/2014

Snow and water reported over the roadway before reaching the North Fork Sauk trailhead.     
Gravel
One Lane

Trail Conditions    

Verlot to Barlow Pass

Please take precautions as weather conditions can change. Bring extra clothing, food, water, blankets, first aid kit and let someone know your destination and expected day/time of return. 

 
Trail Current Status & Remarks Access
Ashland Lakes
DNR
Inaccessible   
4/18/2014 
Snow - This trail is maintained by Washington State Dept. of Natural Resources. A Discover Pass is required for parking at the trailhead.
FS RD 4020, 4021
Barlow Point
709
Inaccessible  
4/18/2014 
Snow - Recreation pass required at trailhead. Washington State Discover Pass is not valid at U.S. fee areas.
Mtn. Loop
Bear Lake
703
Inaccessible   
4/18/2014
Snow  
FS RD 4020, 4021
Big Four Ice Caves
723

Ice Caves Basin Ahead Stay OutClosed - partial
4/18/2014 
The Ice Caves trail is currently closed at the bridge over the South Fork Stillaguamish River due to High Avalanche Danger. The Ice Caves viewing area is in an avalanche danger zone. This hike is not recommended in the winter. Hikers who cross the river are at risk. Avalanches can travel through the timber all the way to the river. Avalanches from Big Four Mountain happen often during winter and spring, viewing of avalanches from the picnic area is suggested. Recreation pass required at trailhead. Washington State Discover Pass is not valid at U.S. fee areas.

Mtn. Loop
Boardman Lake & Lake Evan
704

Inaccessible   
4/18/2014 
Snow on the road before the trailhead.   

FS RD 4020
Canyon Lake
720
INACCESSIBLE   
Inaccessible due to washout on road 4111.
FS RD 41, 4110, 4111
Coal Lake
632
NOT CLEARED    
4/18/2014 
Snow - Recreation pass required at trailhead. Washington State Discover Pass is not valid at U.S. fee areas.      
FS RD 4060
Forks of Canyon Creek
633
INACCESSIBLE
Unknown conditions. 
FS RD 41
Glacier Basin
719
Inaccessible 
4/18/2014 
Snow - See Old Monte Cristo access information. Campfires prohibited in basin.  Recreation pass required at trailhead. Washington State Discover Pass is not valid at U.S. fee areas.
Mtn. Loop
Heather Lake
701
NOT CLEARED 
4/18/2014
Snow, water and ice on the trail before the lake. Mt. Pilchuck road is closed at Heather Lake trailhead for the season. Recreation pass required at trailhead. Washington State Discover Pass is not valid at U.S. fee areas.
FS RD 42
Independence Lake
712
Inaccessible    
4/18/2014 
Snow - Recreation pass required at trailhead. Washington State Discover Pass is not valid at U.S. fee areas.    
FS RD 4060
Kelcema Lake
718
Inaccessible     
4/18/2014 
Snow - Inaccessible to motor vehicles due to snow.     
FS RD 4052
Lake Twenty Two
702

NOT CLEARED   
4/18/2014
Snow, windfall and a slide reported on trail. About 3’ of snow reported at lake. Recreation pass required at trailhead. Washington State Discover Pass is not valid at U.S. fee areas.

Mtn. Loop
Mallardy Ridge
(Walt Bailey)

706
NOT CLEARED   
4/18/2014 
Snow - Inaccessible to motor vehicles due to snow.
FS RD 4030, 4032
Marten Creek
713

NOT CLEARED  
4/18/2014
Snow and  windfalls across the trail, snow at higher elevation.    

Mtn. Loop
Mt. Dickerman
710
Inaccessible     
4/18/2014 
Snow - Recreation pass required at trailhead. Washington State Discover Pass is not valid at U.S. fee areas.
Mtn. Loop
Perry Creek
711
Inaccessible     
4/18/2014
Snow - Recreation pass required at trailhead. Washington State Discover Pass is not valid at U.S. fee areas.
FS RD 4063
Mt. Pilchuck Lookout
700
Inaccessible       
4/18/2014
Snow - Road closed at mile 1, approximately 5.5 miles to trailhead. Recreation pass required at trailhead. Washington State Discover Pass is not valid at U.S. fee areas.
FS RD 42
North Lake
712.1
Inaccessible      
4/18/2014 
Snow - Recreation pass required at trailhead. Washington State Discover Pass is not valid at U.S. fee areas. 
FS RD 4060
Old Government
733
Inaccessible  
4/18/2014  

Snow  
TR 709
Old Monte Cristo Townsite
 

NOT CLEARED  
4/18/2014 
Snow - This route crosses several avalanche chutes, use caution and check NWAC avalanche forecast before winter travel in this area. There is no bridge over the Sauk river at mile one from Barlow Pass. Hikers will need to assess the risks of fording based on their skills and experience and decide whether to proceed, and if so, how. Recreation pass required at trailhead. Washington State Discover Pass is not valid at U.S. fee areas.

NOTE* Planned CERCLA Monte Cristo mine clean-up of hazardous waste has begun summer. Multi-day closures are expected to begin after the snow melts out in 2014. No specific closure dates available at this time. 

Mtn. Loop
Pass Lake
645
NOT CLEARED   
4/18/2014 
Snow - Inaccessible to motor vehicles due to snow.      
FS RD 4060
Pinnacle Lake
703.1
NOT CLEARED   
4/18/2014
Snow - Snow on the roadway before trailhead. Be prepared for windfall across the trail.
FS RD 4020, 4021
Poodle Dog Pass - Silver Lake - Twin Lakes
708
NOT CLEARED  
4/18/2014 
Snow - See Old Monte Cristo access information. Snow possible.  Campfires prohibited at Silver and Twin Lakes. Recreation pass required at trailhead. Washington State Discover Pass is not valid at U.S. fee areas.
Monte Cristo Road
Sunrise Mine
707
NOT CLEARED  
4/18/2014 
Snow - There are no bridges over the two forks of the S. Fork Stillaguamish River in the first mile of trail. Hikers will need to assess the risks of fording based on their skills and experience and decide whether to proceed. Recreation pass required at trailhead. Washington State Discover Pass is not valid at U.S. fee areas.
FS RD 4065
Three Fingers - Goat Flats - Saddle Lake
641
INACCESSIBLE  
Snow - Road closed just after the bridge over Canyon Creek, approximately milepost 8. Okay to hike or bike beyond closure to trailhead at mile 18. Trail is brushy and rocky. No anticipated dates for repairs beyond mile 7.
FS RD 41
Weden Creek (Gothic Basin)
724
NOT CLEARED  
4/18/2014 
Snow - Campfires prohibited. Recreation pass required at trailhead. Washington State Discover Pass is not valid at U.S. fee areas.
Monte Cristo Road

Darrington to Barlow Pass

Washington State Department of Transportation has closed State Route 530 in both directions between milepost 36 at Whitman Road and milepost 39 at 310th Street Northeast due to a massive mudslide near Oso, Washington approximately 10 miles west of Darrington. The road is blocked indefinitely. To reach trails in the Darrington area, visitors are recommended to use the route going east on Highway 20 and south on SR 530. See Detours to the Darrington Ranger District

 
Trail Current Status & Remarks Access
Bald Eagle (Curry Gap)
650
Inaccessible    
4/18/2014
Snow - INACCESSIBLE due to snow on road 49. Not accessible to stock. Water difficult to find. Washington State Discover Pass is not valid at U.S. fee areas.
FS RD 49
Beaver Lake
629
OPEN   
4/18/2014 
Some small windfall reported. Slide at about ¾ mile can be challenging to cross. 
Mtn. Loop
Bedal Creek
705

NOT CLEARED 
4/18/2014 
Snow - Snow likely on the road before the trailhead. Creek crossing may be difficult. Road is steep and rough.

FS RD 4096
Boulder River
734
NOT CLEARED 
4/18/2014 
Muddy in places. Several windfalls across the trail.  
FS RD 2010
Chocwich Mtn. Bike NOT CLEARED 
4/18/2014 
Snow - This trail is rarely maintained and can be quite brushy, not recommended for bikes at this time. 
Mtn. Loop
Crystal Lake
638
NOT CLEARED    
4/18/2014 
Snow - Snow on road before reaching trailhead.       
FS RD 27
Eight-Mile
654.02
NOT CLEARED    
4/18/2014  
Snow         
FS RD 2060
Elliot Creek (Goat Lake)
647
Inaccessible    
4/18/2014 
Snow - Campfires are prohibited and no camping is allowed within 200 feet of the lake. Recreation pass required at trailhead. Washington State Discover Pass is not valid at U.S. fee areas.
FS RD 4080
Frog Lake
659
NOT CLEARED   
4/18/2014 
This trail can be muddy and slippery; use caution.
Mtn. Loop or FS RD 2060
Harold Engles Trail NOT CLEARED   
4/18/2014 
Snow likely on road before reaching trailhead.      
FS RD 49
Kennedy Ridge Trail
639
INACCESSIBLE
No road or trail access due to flood damage. The trail is difficult to find buried under debris.
TR 643
Lost Creek Ridge
646
NOT CLEARED  
4/18/2014 
Snow - Snow likely on road before reaching trailhead. Large windfalls across the trail at mile one difficult to pass. Once on ridge trail is brushy and easy to loose. Route finding skills recommended. From Lake Byrne to PCT trail is difficult to follow due to damage from floods. Kennedy area totally buried under flood debris, no bridge across the Whitechuck River. Campfires prohibited at Lake Byrne.
FS RD 49
Meadow Mountain
657
NOT CLEARED 
4/18/2014 
Snow - Snow on the road before reaching the trailhead. 
FS RD 27
Mt. Higgins
640
INACCESSIBLE     
NO PUBLIC ACCESS. This is road runs through private property with no public easement. There is a closed gate just before the bridge over the Stillaguamish River.   
C-Post Road off SR 530
Mt. Pugh
644
INACCESSIBLE    
4/18/2014 
Snow - Seasonal road closure Oct. 16 - May 31. One mile walk from the gate to trailhead. 
FS RD 2095
Neiderprum
653
NOT CLEARED  
4/18/2014 
Snow - Not cleared of windfalls, route in to the trailhead is very brushy. ROAD CLOSED DUE TO BRIDGE DAMAGE. Distance to trailhead 1.25 miles.
Mine Rd off SR 530
North Fork Sauk Falls
660
OPEN 
4/18/2014 
Snow possible on road before reaching trailhead.Trailhead sign missing. Trail can be very slippery. 
FS RD 49
North Fork Sauk
649
NOT CLEARED 
4/18/2014 
INACCESSIBLE due to snow on road 49. Snow at higher elevations. This route crosses several avalanche prone areas. Use caution when planning.  Recreation pass required at trailhead. Washington State Discover Pass is not valid at U.S. fee areas.
FS RD 49
Old Sauk
728
OPEN 
4/18/2014  
PLEASE NOTE: The Old Sauk trail will be closed to public access for maintenance (hazardous tree removal) on Tuesday April 22. Otherwise the trail is snow free with some windfalls possible across the trail.          
Mtn. Loop
Peek-A-Boo Lake
656
NOT CLEARED     
4/18/2014 
Snow    
FS RD 2080, 2081, 2086
Pilot Ridge
652
NOT CLEARED 
4/18/2014   
Snow - INACCESSIBLE due to snow on road 49. Not accessible to stock. No reliable water source between Blue Lake and North Fork Sauk River. Recreation pass required at trailhead. Washington State Discover Pass is not valid at U.S. fee areas.
FS RD 49
Red Mountain
651
NOT CLEARED  
4/18/2014   
Snow - INACCESSIBLE due to snow on road 49. Many windfalls across the trail. Recreation pass required at trailhead. Washington State Discover Pass is not valid at U.S. fee areas.
FS RD 49
Sloan Peak
648
NOT CLEARED  
4/18/2014 
Snow - This is a climbing route that requires route finding, fording the North Fork Sauk River and mountaineering skills. Trail portion receives very little maintenance. Recreation pass required at trailhead. Washington State Discover Pass is not valid at U.S. fee areas.
FS RD 49
Squire Creek
654

NOT CLEARED  
4/18/2014 
Snow - Rock and debris slide blocking road about 3 miles from junction with Fullerton Avenue. Road closed 2 miles before trailhead due to landslide, old road bed and booth path can be hiked to the trail, which is rough.   

FS RD 2040
White Chuck Bench
731

NOT CLEARED /Partial   
4/18/2014
No recent reports, expect snow and windfall - From west trailhead: first two miles make a nice hike. Many washouts and trail largely non-existent beyond mile 2. From east trailhead: most of the trail from this end was destroyed in 2003 flood. Not recommended.

FS RD 22