Engles Grove Trail No 642

Darrington, Washington

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Who was Harold Engles and why is this grove of giant trees named for him? From the road you can’t even see them. Is it worthwhile stopping? Yes, it certainly is. Harold Engles, a Darrington Forest Service supervisor for almost forty years and an environmentalist before the word came into popular usage, saved a corridor of these cedar giants from the voracious logging of his time by simply moving logging boundaries to protect the trees. The grove of trees on the riverbank may easily be 1000 years old. A whole classroom full of children might not be able to put their arms around the base of the largest one. Tell children Harold lived to be ninety-six years old. He explored and made first ascents of many of the mountains they can see. He decided a lookout on the summit of nearby Three Fingers would be useful, but since there was no place on the summit to build one, he ordered that the top 20 feet of the mountain be blasted off to make a building site. Such a decision would be unthinkable today, but to make room for the building’s footings, it was done. That lookout is still standing and experienced hikers climb ladders now to reach it.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

Who was Harold Engles and why is this grove of giant trees named for him? From the road you can’t even see them. Is it worthwhile stopping? Yes, it certainly is. Harold Engles, a Darrington Forest Service supervisor for almost forty years and an environmentalist before the word came into popular usage, saved a corridor of these cedar giants from the voracious logging of his time by simply moving logging boundaries to protect the trees. The grove of trees on the riverbank may easily be 1000 years old.

A whole classroom full of children might not be able to put their arms around the base of the largest one. Tell children Harold lived to be ninety-six years old. He explored and made first ascents of many of the mountains they can see. He decided a lookout on the summit of nearby Three Fingers would be useful, but since there was no place on the summit to build one, he ordered that the top 20 feet of the mountain be blasted off to make a building site. Such a decision would be unthinkable today, but to make room for the building’s footings, it was done. That lookout is still standing and experienced hikers climb ladders now to reach it.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Darrington
Distance: 0.5
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: April to November
Trailhead Elevation: 1,600 feet
Top Elevation: 1,600 feet
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 111 Sloan Peak; USGS Sloan Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Engles Grove Trail No. 642

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