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Harold Engles Memorial Cedars

North Cascades


North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
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1.0 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1800 ft.


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Northwest Forest Pass

This is a half-mile loop trail that heads past giant cedar trees preserved by Harold Engles, a famous Forest Ranger. Legend has it Engles refused to include this grove in a planned timber sale because he appreciated the size and majesty of these trees. 

Hikers can now appreciate his conservation sense by looping along the flats near the North Fork Sauk River, among mind-bogglingly enormous trees, under a lush overstory, accompanied by the sound of the crashing river water. Pass a gigantic 14-foot diameter cedar tree and then arrive at a 'T' at river's edge. 

Hanging a left, you'll enjoy a lovely view of the river, and a right takes you to a deep, dark grove of cedar trees. Bask in the silent forest before tirning around and heading back the way you came.


Harold Engles Memorial Cedars

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.0924, -121.3302 Open map in new window


North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District

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Hiking Snohomish County by Ken Wilcox

Getting There

From the Darrington Ranger District office, travel south on Mountain Loop Highway for 16 miles to the Sloan Creek Road (Forest Service road 49). Turn onto this road and follow it east for 3.5 miles to the signboard and trailhead on the right.

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Northwest Forest Pass

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