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Lost Trail: Milk Creek

The iconic Milk Creek trail was one of the primary trails to enter Glacier Peak Wilderness—providing important opportunities and access to the Pacific Crest Trail and Glacier Peak.

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The iconic Milk Creek trail was one of the primary trails to enter Glacier Peak Wilderness—providing important opportunities and access to the Pacific Crest Trail and Glacier Peak.

In 2003, an epic flood event destroyed the steel bridge that once spanned the substantial Suiattle River and provided access to the Milk Creek Trail. The bridge loss has eliminated access to Milk Creek trail and put a halt to any trail maintenance. The Milk Creek trail was left inaccessible for all but the hardiest hikers who don’t mind crossing a fast-flowing river and bushwhacking through miles of brush and fallen trees. Significant advocacy and volunteer trail maintenance investments are needed to replace the Milk Creek bridge and address the backlog of trail maintenance along the trail.

Unique features

  • Accessible, family-friendly hike, providing access to the Pacific Crest Trail and remote wilderness.
  • Known for its towering old growth forest and an easy-to-reach flower meadow with views of Glacier Peak.
  • Provides critical access for Washington Trails Association and partner organizations to conduct trail work on remote regions of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

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