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Rocky Creek

North Cascades

Location

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20
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Length

3.4 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 4300 ft.

Rating

5.00 out of 5

 
 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed between Silver Star (Milepost 170) and Early Winter Campground (Mileposte 177) while crews fight an active wildfire in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
 
 

This old trail is no longer maintained by the Forest Service, and there's hardly any parking available at the trailhead, but if it's a quiet day, you might enjoy big old-growth on this little used trail. 

Though the Forest Service has this trail recorded as only 1.7 miles long, it may be possible to travel more than 5 miles each way. Believed to be an old fire access or shepherds trail, it has surroundings similar to the nearby Cow Heaven Trail, another local shepherds trail.

While Rocky Creek offers no true destination, the trail does officially end on a ridgeline.  You'll hike through low-elevation old growth forest next to year-round springs, and enjoy cliff views. Next door, Cow Heaven offers a more structured visit, with a parking lot and true trailhead, as well as a meatier hike -- it's steeper and longer, offering more of a true day outing. But if you want a short forest ramble, Rocky Creek might be a good option. Just be sure to park considerately, since there is no dedicated parking lot or trailhead for this hike. 

 

Rocky Creek

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.5058, -121.4967 Open map in new window

Trailhead

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Mount Baker Ranger District

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Getting There

Drive the North Cascades Highway (Highway 20) to between Rockport and Marblemount. The trailhead can be found between Cascadian Farms and the Totem Trail Motel and Wilderness Village RV Park, near milepost 102. There is no parking lot or trailhead sign. Find the trail on the east side of Rocky Creek.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed between Silver Star (Milepost 170) and Early Winter Campground (Mileposte 177) while crews fight an active wildfire in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
 

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