Mountain Loop Highway

Darrington, Washington

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A 78-mile drive along 3 forested river systems between the towns of Granite Falls and Arlington in Snohomish County. The Forest Service has designated the 50-mile stretch between Granite Falls and Darrington the “Mountain Loop Scenic Byway.” This Mountain Loop Highway, one of the state’s most popular weekend drives, travels into the heart of the western Cascade Mountains. It passes through the heavily wooded Darrington Ranger District of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, looping almost entirely around the Boulder River Wilderness. The roadside woods are thick and lush along the rivers and the route goes over a low mountain pass. Special attractions: 300 miles of trails, Glacier Peak, Jackson and Boulder river wilderness areas, historic mining districts, fishing, hiking, views, lush vegetation, camping. Wildlife includes eagles, beavers, black bears, mountain goats, black-tailed deer, and barred owls. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Scenic Driving Washington

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Scenic Driving Washington

by Steve Giordano (Falcon Guides)

A 78-mile drive along 3 forested river systems between the towns of Granite Falls and Arlington in Snohomish County. The Forest Service has designated the 50-mile stretch between Granite Falls and Darrington the “Mountain Loop Scenic Byway.” This Mountain Loop Highway, one of the state’s most popular weekend drives, travels into the heart of the western Cascade Mountains. It passes through the heavily wooded Darrington Ranger District of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, looping almost entirely around the Boulder River Wilderness. The roadside woods are thick and lush along the rivers and the route goes over a low mountain pass.

Special attractions: 300 miles of trails, Glacier Peak, Jackson and Boulder river wilderness areas, historic mining districts, fishing, hiking, views, lush vegetation, camping. Wildlife includes eagles, beavers, black bears, mountain goats, black-tailed deer, and barred owls. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

©  Steve Giordano/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Darrington
Distance: 78
Season: April or May to December
Local Contacts: Mount Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District
Driving Directions: Directions to Mountain Loop Highway

Recent Trail Reviews

1/29/2011
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Nice, very easy drive. Check with the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Rangers on road conditions and probable closures during the wet season. As of today, the road is closed from the South approach leaving Granite Falls at Red Bridge just before Deer Creek; local traffic only permitted. Check out the mineshaft/portal at the intersection of Mountain Loop Highway and River Road.



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