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Marten Creek

North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway
48.0719, -121.6067 Map & Directions
Length
6.6 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1400 feet
Highest Point
2800 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate
Heading up to Granite Pass from Marten Creek. Photo by hikingwithmybrother.
  • Old growth

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

Follow an old mining route through quiet forest near Darrington. This trail hasn't seen much maintenance in recent years, so it may require some route-finding experience to visit. Continue reading

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Hiking Marten Creek

Follow an old mining route through quiet forest near Darrington. Short of some brushing and drainage work by WTA in 2012, this trail hasn't seen much maintenance in recent years, so it may require some route-finding experience to visit.

This route once extended over Granite Pass all the way to Darrington, serving the Marten Creek Mines. Despite being steep, the first mile is an old (1940s) road. Climb uphill and pass a small tree plantation. These little saplings were planted in 1915 after a major fire in this area--they were taken from various locations and elevations to see which species saw the best growth success.

The goal of the study was to discover the best species of trees to replant after logging. Researchers were looking for disease resistance and fast growth in trees, but made some other interesting discoveries. Namely, that the parent of a given tree has more to do with the growth success of a tree than weather conditions do.

After only a quarter-mile of hiking, enter the Boulder River Wilderness. Continue on, and a mile from the trailhead, the way levels out and emerges into a large brushy basin.

2.5 miles from the trailhead is Marten Creek. Cross this, and continue for just under a mile to the site of an old mine. At this point, the trail disappears into the brush. If you're heading for Granite Pass, you'll need to have a good map, compass, and route finding skills.

WTA worked here in 2012!

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Marten Creek

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.0719, -121.6067 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

11 miles east of Granite Falls, on the Mountain Loop Highway, find the Verlot Public Service Center on the Mountain Loop Highway (530). Continue driving east on the Mt. Loop Highway for another 9.6 miles to the trailhead at Marten Creek. The signed trailhead is on the east side of the creek, but there is no parking lot, so you'll need to find parking along the road's shoulder.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway

Marten Creek (#713)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

Green Trails 110: Silverton

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