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Green Mountain I

Backcountry Response Team

Tue Aug 10, 2021 8:30 AM — Sat Aug 14, 2021 3:30 PM

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North Cascades — Mountain Loop Highway - Darrington

Features: Earn Northwest Forest Pass

Crew Leader: Emily Snyder

Hikers meander through meadows before making a steep ascent to the Green Mountain lookout. Photo by Girl and Dog.


Camp at the top of the Cascade mountains. Green Mountain is a unique and wonderful landscape, and a popular trail benefitting from WTA's attentions.

We're working on a reroute we started a few years ago to make the trail more sustainable and hiker-friendly. Come break some ground and trailblaze on this new tread. construction

About the Area

In a state with so many places offering a day's walk to big, peaky views, Green Mountain still makes the short-list of Washington's all-time finest hikes.

From woods to meadows to panoramic views and even a historic lookout, it just doesn't get much better than this.

What to Expect

We'll have fun, work hard and make a difference!

Project Description

We will work on a reroute started a few years ago in addition to routine maintenance in the area.

Camping and Hiking Information

  • Type: Backcountry basecamp
  • Location: That (amazing) tarn halfway up.
  • Weather: Be prepared for variable conditions including heat, cold, wind and rain
  • Initial hike to camp: approximately 3.5 miles with 2000 feet of elevation gain through the woods with long switchbacks at a moderate pace while carrying your backpack fully loaded with all provisions including camping gear and food, plus WTA-provided tools.


  • Day 1: Meet the crew rain or shine, then hike in, begin work on the project and set up camp
  • Day 2+: Make breakfast and pack a lunch before heading out on trail with the crew by 8:00 AM. Work at your own pace, take plenty of breaks and enjoy lunch on the trail. Arrive back in camp by 4:00 or 5:00 PM for a relaxing evening. Prepare your own dinner and swap stories with the crew. / Make a lunch and pack up camp before heading out on trail with the crew by 8:00 AM. Work at your own pace, take plenty of breaks and enjoy lunch on the trail. Reach camp by 4:00 or 5:00 PM for a relaxing evening. Set up, prepare your own dinner and swap stories with the crew.
  • Final Day: Break down camp, finish trail project, hike out and say goodbye to the crew at the trailhead

For safety reasons, arriving late or leaving early is not allowed.

Special Event

The bugs can be bad, but the views are worth it! Optional afternoon hikes to the Fire Lookout at 6500 feet, one mile above camp.

Planning Information

Get ready for a challenging backcountry adventure!

What it Takes to Do This Work Party

  • A great attitude for working with a team! WTA provides the training and tools you need for the project
  • Backpacking gear and food for multiple nights on the trail
  • Good physical condition to hike with a fully-loaded backpack and be physically active for about 8-9 hours daily on uneven terrain 
  • Backpacking experience including ability to run your own camp following Leave No Trace principles
  • Day work party experience recommended
  • Flexibility to adapt to changes due to unpredictable weather or land manager requests
  • Minimum age: 18

What to Bring

  • Boots
  • Long pants 
  • Work gloves
  • Long-sleeved shirt recommended
  • Eye protection recommended (glasses, sunglasses or safety glasses)

Backpacking gear

  • Backpack to carry all of your gear
  • Tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad
  • Cooking gear and enough food (plus a little extra) for the entire trip
  • At least two 1-liter water bottles and a way to purify your water
  • Rain jacket and rain pants
  • Extra warm clothing
  • Camp clothing such as shorts, shirt and sandals
  • Sun and bug protection
  • Headlamp and extra batteries
  • Personal items such as medication, hand sanitizer and toiletries
  • ​First aid kit
  • A sense of fun and adventure for learning new skills and meeting great people!

Trail work gear

  • Boots
  • Long pants 
  • Work gloves
  • Long-sleeved shirt recommended
  • Eye protection recommended such as safety glasses
  • WTA hard hat (provided, unless you have one)

For safety reasons, shorts and sneakers are not allowed while working. Firearms and weapons are not allowed.

More Information

From the Hiking Guide

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From Seattle, drive 40 miles north on I-5 to exit 208 (Silvana/Arlington). Drive about 32 miles east on Hwy 530 to Darrington. From Darrington, drive seven miles north on Hwy 530 to Suiattle River Road (Forest Service Road 26). Turn right (east) and drive 18.7 miles to FSR 2680. Turn left (north) on FSR 2680 and drive 5.9 steep gravel miles to the trailhead and parking area near the road’s end. 

Note: Please follow the written directions above instead of using a GPS device. This will ensure that you get to the correct meeting location for this work party. The location of the pinpoint below is only approximate.

Getting to WTA work parties can involve travel on rough, unpaved roads in areas without cellular service and without street addresses that can be accurately used by navigation devices. Unless specifically noted otherwise, routes can generally be traveled by all types of vehicles. Volunteers with limited experience driving on unpaved mountain roads may want to allow extra time, beyond what is recommended in the directions above, to get to the meeting location.

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