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Investigation of the Suiattle River Trail
Timestamp Free: 2018.12.12 - 18:31:35
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Cascade Range / Washington Cascades
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 116m
Participants: Lucas Earl, Kenny McDermith, Lilah (the dog)
Difficulty: 1: Easy, flat trail walking
Exploratory hike up the lower Suiattle River Trail
Weather: Drizzly and cold to rainy and cold

Going into December it can be tricky to find someplace to do a day hike that doesn't involve a lot of snow, but Kenny and I poked around and settled on checking out the Suiattle River Trail. This is the area that recently reopened following severe flooding in 2003 and 2006, and provides access to the popular Image Lake area north of Glacier Peak (see Klaus Haring's trip report).

In classic Kenny fashion, we didn't get the earliest start and with the days as short as they are in December and the trailhead 2.5 hrs from Seattle, we didn't expect to make it very far. It's a fairly long 23 mile drive along the the forest service road to trailhead after passing through Darrington and crossing the Sauk River on WA-530, but it is a generally nice trip with views of the river and some pleasant forest.

We ran into trouble just after the Green Mountain Road junction, where there was a medium size tree across the road a few miles from the true trailhead. We decided we were close enough to just walk, though after leaving the car just after 11 AM we realized it may have been worth trying to pull the tree to the side using the strap Kenny had in the backseat.

In any case, it was easy walking along the road for Kenny, Lilah, and I. Fortunately there was only a light drizzle as we headed upriver, soon breaking out into an open area where the road passed along a steep embankment above the river. Here there was a stump that had somehow gotten on top of the cement barrier, and some misty views to the neighboring mountainsides. [photo]01_IMG_3623.jpg[caption]Walking along the Suiattle River Road[/photo]

We continued along the road, crossing the Downey Creek Bridge at 1.7 mi (2.8 km)....

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