Troublesome Creek Trail

Index, Washington

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This marvelous short, old-growth loop trail crosses Troublesome Creek twice within half-mile. Though it is labeled a nature trail, there are no interpretive signs, but you will find plenty of benches at beauty spot viewpoints where parents of small children can pause, rest, and talk about the cycle of renewal in old-growth forest. There is such a magical feel to this place that your children will almost expect to see Hansel and Gretel tiptoeing through the forest ahead of them. Start your hike on either side of the creek; the loop is good either way. It is described here going counterclockwise. Begin by passing the lower footbridge and starting upstream on the right side. You will travel past old cedars and firs, some of which have been dying back for centuries; they are so enormous, it would require eight to ten children to circle their girth. Ask your children to guess how old the trees might be. Look for young and middle-aged trees interspersed with the ancient ones.
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)

This marvelous short, old-growth loop trail crosses Troublesome Creek twice within half-mile. Though it is labeled a nature trail, there are no interpretive signs, but you will find plenty of benches at beauty spot viewpoints where parents of small children can pause, rest, and talk about the cycle of renewal in old-growth forest. There is such a magical feel to this place that your children will almost expect to see Hansel and Gretel tiptoeing through the forest ahead of them.

Start your hike on either side of the creek; the loop is good either way. It is described here going counterclockwise. Begin by passing the lower footbridge and starting upstream on the right side. You will travel past old cedars and firs, some of which have been dying back for centuries; they are so enormous, it would require eight to ten children to circle their girth. Ask your children to guess how old the trees might be. Look for young and middle-aged trees interspersed with the ancient ones.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Index
Distance: 0.5
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: March to November
Trailhead Elevation: 1,258 feet
Top Elevation: 1,283 feet
Local Contacts: Mt. Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 143 Monte Cristo; USGS Monte Cristo; USFS Mt. Baker- Snoqualmie
Driving Directions: Directions to Troublesome Creek Trail

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