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Quartz Creek

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - West
47.9245, -121.2839 Map & Directions
Length
8.4 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1500 feet
Highest Point
4000 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate/Hard
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  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Rivers

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Northwest Forest Pass

Hike through shady forest, accompanied by the sound of Quartz Creek, little waterfalls, wildflowers and interesting things to see (and eat) on this trail. Continue reading

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Hiking Quartz Creek

This trail is commonly used by backpackers, but it also makes a great day hike.

Hike through shady forest, accompanied by the sound of Quartz Creek, little waterfalls, wildflowers and interesting things to see (and eat) on this trail. Just make sure you know that you CAN eat it!

Start out paralleling the creek, and after a couple of miles, leave the creek and gently climb to Curry Gap. Be aware of brushy areas that will soak your pants when wet, as well as one tricky stream crossing, where there is a large pool and some slippery rocks.

Curry Gap is a big meadow. where 3 trails meet. There is a nice log in the meadow to eat lunch, and contemplate adventuring up one of these three options. Try Bald Eagle Mountain for mountain views when it's clear.

WTA worked here in 2015, 2014, 2011 and 2010!

Quartz Creek

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.9245, -121.2839 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass

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

Access to this area is via the Beckler River Road and Jack Pass. Much of this road is gravel, but it is well-groomed and the drive goes reasonably fast. Look for the trailhead for West Cady Ridge.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - West

Quartz Creek (#1050)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Skykomish Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking Central Cascades (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

Green Trails Monte Cristo #143

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