Bedal Basin Trail

Bedal, Washington

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One of the loneliest trails off of the Mountain Loop Highway, that is, if you don’t count the resident marmots. Follow an old mining trail deep into magnificent primeval forest to a boulder-strewn basin beneath Sloan Peak’s sheer southern face. Roam heather meadows and admire painted slopes of wildflowers. While the first half of this trail makes for a nice walk, the second half can be tricky, requiring a 0.25-mile slog up a steep rocky creek bed. Such is the price of solitude.
Day Hiking: North Cascades

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Day Hiking: North Cascades

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

One of the loneliest trails off of the Mountain Loop Highway, that is, if you don’t count the resident marmots. Follow an old mining trail deep into magnificent primeval forest to a boulder-strewn basin beneath Sloan Peak’s sheer southern face.

Roam heather meadows and admire painted slopes of wildflowers. While the first half of this trail makes for a nice walk, the second half can be tricky, requiring a 0.25-mile slog up a steep rocky creek bed. Such is the price of solitude.

©  Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bedal
Distance: 5.2
Elevation Gain: 1,900 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: July–Oct
Trailhead Elevation: 2,800 feet
Top Elevation: 4,700 feet
Local Contacts: Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District, or Verlot Public Service Center
Local Maps: Green Trails Sloan Peak No. 111
Driving Directions: Directions to Bedal Basin Trail

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