Mallardy Ridge/Walt Bailey Trail

Granite Falls, Washington 98252

Mallardy Ridge/Walt Bailey Trail

Mallardy Ridge/Walt Bailey Trail Professional Review and Guide

"These five exquisite alpine lakes are remote enough to be relatively uncrowded. Families who wish to camp can spend several days admiring the lakes’ contours or wandering and exploring. Most of the trail was built by Walt Bailey and his friends from Volunteers for Outdoor Washington, who learned their techniques during the Civilian Conservation Corps era.

This was a period in the 1930s when the federal government paid workers to build trails, roads, and bridges. The trail has steep switchbacks and narrow tread. It is recommended for children anyway because it provides fairly direct access to these beautiful lakes."

Mallardy Ridge/Walt Bailey Trail Reviews

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This was my 3rd time hiking this route, it's one of my favorite trails of the mountain loop highway. Still lots of snow to cross, especially the closer you get to the ridge. There is also portion of the trail just before you start climbing the ridge that was hit by an avalanche over the winter. Despite the snow, the open alpine valley you cross and the views from the ridge make this trail worth while.

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Trail Information

Granite Falls
Nearby City
1,800 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike or backpack
3,085 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,885 feet
Top Elevation
Green Trails No. 110 Silverton; USGS Mallardy Ridge
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