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White Chuck Bench

North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway
48.1705, -121.4670 Map & Directions
Length
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
360 feet
Highest Point
1240 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy/Moderate
White Chuck Bench. Photo by Outdoor Dan.
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Ridges/passes
  • Good for kids
  • Rivers

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

Hike a beautiful, flat 2.5 mile walk in the woods along the White Chuck River. The trail has been cleared its entire length thanks to WTA trail crews. Continue reading

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Hiking White Chuck Bench

The White Chuck Bench trail is a beautiful, 2.5 mile walk in the woods along the White Chuck River.

The entire hikeable length of the trail has been cleared by hardworking WTA crews after the 2003 floods rendered it nearly inaccessible. Since then, thanks to road-clearing and numerous work parties, the trail takes hikers on good, winding tread through a pleasant forest of tall trees. Skirt the ledge above the White Chuck River, cross a sturdy wood bridge, and continue upstream, looking for peek-a-boo views of Mount Pugh and the surrounding summits.

Don't miss the trees for the forest -- take time to look at individual cedars, hemlock and Douglas fir, which are fighting to see who among them wins the battle of succession. There are a few silver firs here, too. The trees in the area are second-growth, sprung up from former logging operations shut down about 80 years ago. It's amazing how large they can get in less than a century.

The forest floor offers a wealth of life as well. Blanketed by moss, Oregon grape, false lily of the valley, watch where you step to ensure you don't disturb the life underfoot.

After about a mile or so, the trail descends gently down to river level and then eventually peters out in underbrush. Take some photos of the views and the life all around you, and head back the way you came. Views on the way back offer a new angle on this beautiful river valley.

Toilet Information

  • Toilet at trailhead

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WTA worked here in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014!

Hike Description Written by
Anna Roth, WTA Staff

White Chuck Bench

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.1705, -121.4670 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

From Darrington, follow the Mountain Loop Highway nine miles south (west from the T intersection in town) and turn left at the White Chuck Boat Launch. Cross the bridge and follow the road up for about 0.8 mile. You will come to a small parking area with outhouses and a sign for the White Chuck Bench Trail on the right.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway

White Chuck Bench (#731)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

Green Trails No. 111 Sloan Peak

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