Road 1840 Shelf Lake Falls and Hawkins Lake

Darrington, Washington

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A small shallow lake, a gushing waterfall, and rugged cliffs in the headwaters of an unnamed tributary of Deer Creek set below 5274-foot Round Mountain. A great destination. Oh! But wait a minute! Before putting the kids in the car for a fun day in the mountains, there are a few problems. First, the access road has water ditches passable to only those family cars with high clearance. The first mile of walking is on a decommissioned road with numerous water ditches and knee-deep brush. The last third mile is a boot-beaten path through a brush-covered clear-cut. Sounds terrible—and it is—but the rewards are worth every scratch and aching muscle.
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Roads to Trails Northwest Washington

by Washington Trails Association (The Mountaineers Books)

A small shallow lake, a gushing waterfall, and rugged cliffs in the headwaters of an unnamed tributary of Deer Creek set below 5274-foot Round Mountain. A great destination.

Oh! But wait a minute! Before putting the kids in the car for a fun day in the mountains, there are a few problems. First, the access road has water ditches passable to only those family cars with high clearance. The first mile of walking is on a decommissioned road with numerous water ditches and knee-deep brush. The last third mile is a boot-beaten path through a brush-covered clear-cut. Sounds terrible—and it is—but the rewards are worth every scratch and aching muscle.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Darrington
Distance: 3.5
Elevation Gain: 575 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Best spring to fall
Trailhead Elevation: 3,219 feet
Top Elevation: 3,650 feet
Local Contacts: Mount Baker Ranger District, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Local Maps: Green Trails #77 Oso, #78 Darrington; Darrington Ranger District
Driving Directions: Directions to Road 1840: Shelf Lake Falls and Hawkins Lake

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