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Quartz Creek

Central Cascades


Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
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8.4 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 4000 ft.


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Northwest Forest Pass

This trail is commonly used by backpackers, but it also makes a great day hike.

Hike through shady forest, accompanied by the sound of Quartz Creek, little waterfalls, wildflowers and interesting things to see (and eat) on this trail. Just make sure you know that you CAN eat it!

Start out paralleling the creek, and after a couple of miles, leave the creek and gently climb to Curry Gap. Be aware of brushy areas that will soak your pants when wet, as well as one tricky stream crossing, where there is a large pool and some slippery rocks.

Curry Gap is a big meadow. where 3 trails meet. There is a nice log in the meadow to eat lunch, and contemplate adventuring up one of these three options. Try Bald Eagle Mountain for mountain views when it's clear.


Quartz Creek

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.9245, -121.2839 Open map in new window


Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

Quartz Creek (#1050)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Skykomish Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking Central Cascades (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

Green Trails Monte Cristo #143

Getting There

Access to this area is via the Beckler River Road and Jack Pass. Much of this road is gravel, but it is well-groomed and the drive goes reasonably fast. Look for the trailhead for West Cady Ridge.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass

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