Mallardy Ridge (Walt Bailey) Trail 706

Also known as the Walt Bailey Trail, the construction of this trail was inspired and championed by Walt Bailey, a former Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) employee, who recruited and organized the efforts of many dedicated volunteers. Within a mile of the trailhead, enter the Morning Star Natural Resources Conservation Area, managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources to protect sensitive plant communities and rare wildlife species. Passing through an old-growth forest of hemlock and Pacific silver-fir, skirting fragile wetlands and traversing talus slopes, the trail leads to a primitive backcountry camp in the vicinity of the Cutthroat Lakes. The plant communities of the subalpine zone are extremely sensitive to damage. Please stay on trails, rock or snow to avoid trampling. This is a no campfire zone so bring a stove. There are no toilets. Please use “Leave No Trace” methods.  

 For more information about the NRCA, see the Washington State Department of Natural Resources or call 360-856-3500.  

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At a Glance

Usage: Light
Best Season: Summer/Fall
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 Verlot Public Service Center (11 miles east of Granite Falls), drive east on the Mountain Loop Highway 7.0 miles to the Mallardy Road #4030. Turn right and follow this road for 1.0 mile to the junction with Road #4032. Turn right and follow this road for 8.0 miles. Parking is limited, so you might want to turn your vehicle around before leaving on your hike.

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  Area/Length : 
3.5 miles

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  Elevation : 
3000 feet - 4200 feet