Road 1520 Marble Creek

Marblemount, Washington

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In 1966, the Marble Creek road ended in a very impressive view looking straight up into the cirque of Marble Creek and the small glaciers between 8386-foot Tepeh Towers and 8868-foot Eldorado Peak. While taking a picture I contemplated how great it would be to climb that ridge line. A few years later, my wife Pat and I did walk the thin, scary ridge leading to Eldorado Peak. On one side was a drop of 300 feet to a steep ice slope and the crevasse-covered Inspiration Glacier. On the other side we looked down 6000 feet into the deep hole of Marble Creek. About 1970, the road was abandoned and dropped from the USGS and Forest Service maps. I have always thought it would be great to turn the road into a trail. This roads-to-trails project was my first opportunity.
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Roads to Trails Northwest Washington

by Washington Trails Association (The Mountaineers Books)

In 1966, the Marble Creek road ended in a very impressive view looking straight up into the cirque of Marble Creek and the small glaciers between 8386-foot Tepeh Towers and 8868-foot Eldorado Peak. While taking a picture I contemplated how great it would be to climb that ridge line.

A few years later, my wife Pat and I did walk the thin, scary ridge leading to Eldorado Peak. On one side was a drop of 300 feet to a steep ice slope and the crevasse-covered Inspiration Glacier. On the other side we looked down 6000 feet into the deep hole of Marble Creek. About 1970, the road was abandoned and dropped from the USGS and Forest Service maps. I have always thought it would be great to turn the road into a trail. This roads-to-trails project was my first opportunity.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Marblemount
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: 650 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Best spring to fall
Trailhead Elevation: 1,260 feet
Top Elevation: 1,850 feet
Local Contacts: North Cascades National Park; Mount Baker Ranger District, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Local Maps: Green Trails #47 Marblemount, #48 Diablo Dam
Driving Directions: Directions to Road 1520: Marble Creek

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