Mallardy Ridge/Walt Bailey Trail

Granite Falls, Washington

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These five exquisite alpine lakes are remote enough to be relatively uncrowded. Families who wish to camp can spend several days admiring the lakes’ contours or wandering and exploring. Most of the trail was built by Walt Bailey and his friends from Volunteers for Outdoor Washington, who learned their techniques during the Civilian Conservation Corps era. This was a period in the 1930s when the federal government paid workers to build trails, roads, and bridges. The trail has steep switchbacks and narrow tread. It is recommended for children anyway because it provides fairly direct access to these beautiful lakes.
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)

These five exquisite alpine lakes are remote enough to be relatively uncrowded. Families who wish to camp can spend several days admiring the lakes’ contours or wandering and exploring. Most of the trail was built by Walt Bailey and his friends from Volunteers for Outdoor Washington, who learned their techniques during the Civilian Conservation Corps era.

This was a period in the 1930s when the federal government paid workers to build trails, roads, and bridges. The trail has steep switchbacks and narrow tread. It is recommended for children anyway because it provides fairly direct access to these beautiful lakes.

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

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Granite Falls
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 1,800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: July-October
Trailhead Elevation: 3,085 feet
Top Elevation: 4,885 feet
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 110 Silverton; USGS Mallardy Ridge
Topo Map: Mallardy Ridge/Walt Bailey Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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8/13/2011

This was my 3rd time hiking this route, it's one of my favorite trails of the mountain loop highway. Still lots of snow to cross, especially the closer you get to the ridge. There is also portion of the trail just before you start climbing the ridge that was hit by an avalanche over the winter. Despite the snow, the open alpine valley you cross and the views from the ridge make this trail worth while.

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