White Chuck Bench Trail 731

Area Status: Unreachable

Enjoy this pleasant hike with modest ups and downs along the south side of the White Chuck River. The preponderance of deciduous trees along this trail makes it particularly delightful during spring and fall when alder and cottonwood leaves are not out yet.  

Past a young hemlock stand the west end of the trail gives an impressive view of the ever-shifting White Chuck River below. In October, 2003, the river destroyed the White Chuck Trail and road on the opposite side of the river. Mt. Pugh dominates the southern view with glimpses of Twin Peaks and Sloan up the Sauk drainage.

Weaving among trees, skirt the ridge before descending onto an old road grade to cross Black Oak Creek at one mile. Watch for a peek-a-boo view of towering White Chuck Mountain seemingly directly overhead. Continue through alder and second growth until the trail comes abruptly to an end in a sea of salmonberry and brush in about two miles. During the 2003 flood the river consumed large segments of the trail. There are plans to rebuild the trail in the future.

The east end of the trail five miles up White Chuck Road 23 was destroyed by the 2003 flood just a short distance from the trailhead.  

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At a Glance

Usage: Light
Best Season: Summer/Fall
Closest Towns: Darrington, Washington
Restroom: Please use the toilets at the White Chuck boat launch as there are none at the trailhead.
Passes: federal recreation pass may be used as a form of fee payment at Crystal Creek Trailhead.
Information Center: Call  Darrington Ranger District office at 360-436-1155.   

General Information


From the Darrington Ranger District office, take the Mt. Loop Highway 20 south along the west side of the Sauk River for 10 miles. Go left over the bridge on (Forest Service road 22), continue past the White Chuck boat launch and up the winding gravel road 0.75 miles to the trailhead on the right and a small parking area on the left.


Parking is limited.

General Notes:


  • Darrington Ranger District
  • Green Trails: Sloan Peak 111

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  Area/Length : 
2 miles

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  Elevation : 
1,000 feet - 1,600 feet