Slate Peak Trail

Barron, Washington

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This is a long drive for a short hike, but it is worth it. Plan on at least 2 days if you can; 3 days is better. You can camp at Riverbend or Meadows Campgrounds or stay at a motel in Mazama or Winthrop. Slate Peak is more of a side trip than an actual hike, but you can hike other trails in the area for more mileage, including the Pacific Crest Trail in either direction. In a heavy snow year Slate Peak Road may be gated and you may need to walk a portion of the road. Look for flowers and snail fossils in outcroppings along the road. The views from the summit of Slate Peak are excellent. The peaks of the North Cascades rise in every direction—Crater Mountain, Mount Baker, Jack Mountain, Azurite Peak, and Silver Star. Nestled below the peaks are deep-forested valleys of the West Fork of the Pasayten River and Slate Creek.
Best Wildflower Hikes Washington

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Best Wildflower Hikes Washington

by Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

This is a long drive for a short hike, but it is worth it. Plan on at least 2 days if you can; 3 days is better. You can camp at Riverbend or Meadows Campgrounds or stay at a motel in Mazama or Winthrop. Slate Peak is more of a side trip than an actual hike, but you can hike other trails in the area for more mileage, including the Pacific Crest Trail in either direction. In a heavy snow year Slate Peak Road may be gated and you may need to walk a portion of the road.

Look for flowers and snail fossils in outcroppings along the road. The views from the summit of Slate Peak are excellent. The peaks of the North Cascades rise in every direction—Crater Mountain, Mount Baker, Jack Mountain, Azurite Peak, and Silver Star. Nestled below the peaks are deep-forested valleys of the West Fork of the Pasayten River and Slate Creek.

© 2004 Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Barron
Distance: 1
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Hikable: July to mid-October, Best flowers: July through August
Local Contacts: Methow Valley Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails Nos. 49 Mount Logan and 50 Washington Pass
Driving Directions: Directions to Slate Peak Trail

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