West Cady Ridge Trail 1054

Enter Wild Sky Wilderness and climb switchbacks up West Cady Ridge, where Columbia, Kyes and Glacier Peaks come into view. Once you reach the ridge top water sources are scarce. Continue into Henry M. Jackson Wilderness amidst meadows of huckleberry bushes and fall colors when the huckleberry leaves turn a brilliant vermillion red. As you follow the ridge top trail east, look for an uphill spur trail for a 0.2 mile side trip up Benchmark Mountain at 5,816 feet elevation. The trail end is its junction with Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail 2000, one mile east of Benchmark Mountain.

Washington Trails Association

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply.
  • The trail is closed to motorized vehicles and bicycles.
  • Wilderness regulations apply, maximum group size is 12, people and stock combined.
  • Camp in established campsites.
Closest Towns: Skykomish, Washington
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at North Fork Skykomish trailhead.
Information Center: Check current conditions or call Skykomish Ranger District office at 360-677-2414.

General Information


Access from North Fork Skykomish Trailhead.

Drive US Highway 2 to just west of milepost 50 (located between the town of Skykomish and the Skykomish Ranger Station). Turn north onto Beckler Road #65, toward Beckler River Campground. From US Highway 2 on FS Road #65, drive 15 miles and turn right on FS Road #63. Continue 4.2 miles to the trailhead, on the south side of the parking lot.

General Notes:

Call the ranger station for current trail conditions for stock.


  • Skykomish Ranger District
  • Green Trails #143 and #144

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

Elevation desc 2500/4900
Difficulty Level: More Difficult


Horse Riding

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

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  • Trails & Campgrounds


  Area/Length : 
7.8 miles one-way

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  Elevation : 
2,500 feet - 4,900 feet