Stetattle Creek

Diablo, Washington

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Stetattle Creek marks an ancient tribal boundary. To the Skagit people it was a dangerous hinterland, beyond which was the domain of their enemies the Ntlakyapamuks, or Thompson Indians. Modern visitors can approach the lower reaches of the creek as an easy introduction to the coastal forests of the Cascades; more adventurous souls can penetrate deeper into the hinterlands for a more challenging day trip. The early reaches of the trail offer an easy stroll along the streambank. As the houses of Diablo fall behind, a riparian woodland closes in around the stream. This diverse forest community includes hemlock, cedar, bigleaf maple, and red alder. The damp climate provides superb growing conditions for epiphytes, plants that grow from aerial perches on the trunks or limbs of trees. Of these, spikemoss is particularly abundant, and licorice fern can also be found.

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"Stetattle Creek marks an ancient tribal boundary. To the Skagit people it was a dangerous hinterland, beyond which was the domain of their enemies the Ntlakyapamuks, or Thompson Indians. Modern visitors can approach the lower reaches of the creek as an easy introduction to the coastal forests of the Cascades; more adventurous souls can penetrate deeper into the hinterlands for a more challenging day trip.

The early reaches of the trail offer an easy stroll along the streambank. As the houses of Diablo fall behind, a riparian woodland closes in around the stream. This diverse forest community includes hemlock, cedar, bigleaf maple, and red alder. The damp climate provides superb growing conditions for epiphytes, plants that grow from aerial perches on the trunks or limbs of trees. Of these, spikemoss is particularly abundant, and licorice fern can also be found."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Diablo
Distance: 1.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.2
Season: Summer to Fall
Local Contacts: Ross Lake National Recreation Area, Pass required for most trails
Local Maps: USGS Diablo Dam; Green Trails Diablo Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Stetattle Creek

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May 2018