Road 38 Middle Fork Nooksack

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As fall approaches in the Pacific Northwest, clear days for hikes with views become less and less frequent. On a mid-September Saturday, the weather forecast called for a sunny afternoon, so I left Seattle under overcast skies, hoping for the best. As I drove the 2.5 hours north to the closed bridge on Forest Road 38, the skies did in fact begin to clear. Good sign, I thought. I was looking forward to the promised views of the Twin Sisters Mountain, described in geology books as a piece of rock unique on the entire continent. Dunite is normally extremely rare, and the Twin Sisters are a solid block of the stuff, giving the mountain an orange color different from other local ranges and drawing the attention of geologists from all over. It is not a form that has high commercial value, which explains why it remains remote and intact. The great thing about this particular closed road is that it will ensure a little more solitude to those heading for the two trailheads, and for that alone it benefits the outdoor community. And the views at the top may be much better than I suspect.
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Roads to Trails Northwest Washington

by Washington Trails Association (The Mountaineers Books)

As fall approaches in the Pacific Northwest, clear days for hikes with views become less and less frequent. On a mid-September Saturday, the weather forecast called for a sunny afternoon, so I left Seattle under overcast skies, hoping for the best. As I drove the 2.5 hours north to the closed bridge on Forest Road 38, the skies did in fact begin to clear. Good sign, I thought. I was looking forward to the promised views of the Twin Sisters Mountain, described in geology books as a piece of rock unique on the entire continent.

Dunite is normally extremely rare, and the Twin Sisters are a solid block of the stuff, giving the mountain an orange color different from other local ranges and drawing the attention of geologists from all over. It is not a form that has high commercial value, which explains why it remains remote and intact. The great thing about this particular closed road is that it will ensure a little more solitude to those heading for the two trailheads, and for that alone it benefits the outdoor community. And the views at the top may be much better than I suspect.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Welcome
Length: 8
Elevation Gain: 1,100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Best spring to fall
Trailhead Elevation: 1,950 feet
Top Elevation: 3,700 feet
Local Contacts: Mount Baker Ranger District, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Local Maps: Green Trails #45 Hamilton
Topo Map: Road 38: Middle Fork Nooksack Topographic Map
Guide Book: Roads to Trails Northwest Washington Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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