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White Chuck Bench

May 01, 2013

by Jay L last modified May 01, 2013 10:06 PM
Type of Outing
Day hike
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Hike: White Chuck Bench
Region: North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
Trails: White Chuck Bench (#731)
Avg Rating: 2.62
Hiking Companions
Hiked with a dog
Why You Should Go Now
Wildflowers blooming
Be Aware Of
Blowdowns
Overgrown
Snow on trail
 Started out on the trail at about 10:15am. There were a few spots of patchy snow, but it looked recent and was melting quick. Spring is in full swing here with wildflowers and greenery popping out everywhere. There were quite a few blowdowns and a lot of windfall. The dog and myself only went about 2 miles and the trail was getting pretty grown over. It would not take much for a trail crew to clear this trail, I know there was a lot of damage from the 2003 floods, so I do not know how hard it would be to clear it to the White Chuck road. There were peeks of mountains and you could hear and sometimes glimpse the White Chuck, but the part of the trail I was on did not go near the river. Was back at the car at a little after 12:00pm and headed out to the Old Sauk River Trail. The weather was warm and clear, a great day to be out exploring.
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Posted by Kim Brown at May 01, 2013 10:06 PM
JayL, nice report and pics!

The Forest Service are planning to re-build the trail to meet the Whitechuck Road. Surveys and studies have been done; not sure if they're complete.

But it's in the works - the new trailhead on the Whitechuck is quite nice! Of course the trail only goes about 4 minutes before hitting a massive washout - but it'll be re-routed within our lifetime.

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