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Youth-on-Age Interpretive Trail

North Cascades


North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
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0.25 miles, roundtrip



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Northwest Forest Pass

The Youth-on-Age Nature Trail, named after a plant of the same name, is a short interpretive trail on the Mountain Loop Highway near Verlot. Perfect for exploring children, curious adults, an extra add-on after a longer hike, or a leg stretch during a driving tour of the area.

The somewhat unusually named plant grows along this trail during late summer and autumn, when new growth (youth) burst forth from the base of the older, more established (age) parts of the plant. While the trails name springs from this particular plant, evidence of new growth bursting from older specimens abounds on this trail. And you can explore it all in less than half a mile.

The way is paved, but because of roots pushing through the ground and sandy soil, it is not particularly wheelchair-friendly. If you're navigating with a wheelchair or stroller, you'll need a sturdy one, and someone to give you a helping hand in sections.

However, interpretive signs dot the trail and provide a nice education about the area, as well as the plants and animals that call this forest home. Look in particular for evidence of erosion by the mighty Stillaguamish River here, and, in addition to the eponymous youth-on-age, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce, and Washington's state tree, the western hemlock.


Youth-on-Age Interpretive Trail

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.0710, -121.6548 Open map in new window


North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

Youth on Age (#738)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District

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Getting There

From Granite Falls, drive 11 miles to the Verlot Public Service Center and continue 7 miles on the Mountain Loop Highway to the Youth on Age Trailhead, on the south side of the highway.

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Northwest Forest Pass

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