Jun 24, 2012
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Perry Creek
- Region: North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
- Agency: Mount Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District
- Trails: Perry Creek (#711)
- Avg Rating: 3.88
- Why You Should Go Now
- Wildflowers blooming
- Be Aware Of
- Snow on trail
There are fields of ferns on some of the open slopes, and mature maples on others. Some of the wild flowers were especially fragrant. The open slopes give you frequent views of Big 4, as long as you remember to turn around. Shortly before the waterfall, the trail goes back into forest.
The creek above the waterfall is less than knee deep, but not much less. I got pretty wet running across. My wife tried carefully picking shallower rocks to step on, and also got wet. I'm not sure which strategy is better. I was able to warm back up easily, though, since the trail gets steep at this point.
Beyond the creek, there are a couple of flat spots where you could pitch a tent.
I followed the trail to somewhere between 3800 feet and 4320 feet. At this point, there was too much snow to reliably find the trail. The snow was pretty solid, and the forest was pretty open. With motivation, a map, a compass, and microspikes/poles, I bet that you could get up to the ridge. It was getting late, and clouds would have prevented a view, so I turned around.
Photos from the meadows look pretty nice, and I've read that there are huckleberries, so I may come back later in the season.