Road 4039 Solitude

Verlot, Washington

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The day was too beautiful to stay home, but in May there was too much snow in the high country to go very far. As a compromise, Pat and I headed for Barlow Pass for an easy hike to Monte Cristo, or if there was too much snow, a simple walk to the Ice Caves below Big Four. The drive was beautiful in Robe Valley and the glistening snow made Pilchuck look like a mighty mountain. The Stillaguamish was running high, as were our expectations. However, just beyond Silverton, everything came to a screeching halt! The road was blocked with heavy equipment replacing a bridge. (Why wasn’t there a sign back at Granite Falls stating that, due to road construction, the road would be closed at Silverton until late May?) Disgusted, we turned around and headed for snow-covered Lake 22. However, at 0.2 mile upriver from Red Bridge, we went exploring the River Road, located on the north side of the river.
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The day was too beautiful to stay home, but in May there was too much snow in the high country to go very far. As a compromise, Pat and I headed for Barlow Pass for an easy hike to Monte Cristo, or if there was too much snow, a simple walk to the Ice Caves below Big Four. The drive was beautiful in Robe Valley and the glistening snow made Pilchuck look like a mighty mountain. The Stillaguamish was running high, as were our expectations.

However, just beyond Silverton, everything came to a screeching halt! The road was blocked with heavy equipment replacing a bridge. (Why wasn’t there a sign back at Granite Falls stating that, due to road construction, the road would be closed at Silverton until late May?) Disgusted, we turned around and headed for snow-covered Lake 22. However, at 0.2 mile upriver from Red Bridge, we went exploring the River Road, located on the north side of the river.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Verlot
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 1,256 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Best spring to fall
Trailhead Elevation: 2,045 feet
Top Elevation: 3,300 feet
Local Contacts: Darrington Ranger District, Mount Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest
Local Maps: Green Trails #110 Silverton; Darrington Ranger District
Driving Directions: Directions to Road 4039: Solitude

Recent Trail Reviews

9/3/2005
0

We walked this trail after visiting the Ice Caves. The road was mostly over grown with tree branches hanging into the path. Not a lot to see. There are many other trails that would be better for a day walk. Although it is an easy hike. If you really want to be alone, this is the trail. Solitude is right. Just nothing else to go with it.



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