Dickerman Mountain Trail is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Darrington, WA that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Verlot: Travel east along the Mt. Loop Hwy., 16.6 miles to the trailhead on the left (north) side of the highway.
This hike will definitely keep you huffing and puffing. Bring at least a gallon or more of water and plenty to eat, you're going to need it. I got a late start but didn't intend to go as far as I did. I was making great time and decided to push on. I see where I stopped I still had a ways to go. But it is a good hike. It's gets rockier towards the top. Wildflowers are at the top. The views are amazing and there was plenty to see from where I was. The only huge obstacles were 2 huge boulders to get over or around. Be careful getting around that. That was towards top as you come out of the forest.
Views views views!
The 2nd half of the hike is spectacular. Easily among my favorites in Washington.
I can see how this could be a hot hike on some days because of exposure but last Sunday was absolutely perfect, 70 degrees and a light breeze. Some snow to cross, but nothing major.
Well worth the work of the lower elevation switchbacks.
The switch backs are worth the view! The trail starts with several switchbacks through second growth forest. The vies are limited to the near by tree, but if you're quiet you can really enjoy this part too on a low traffic day. After the switchbacks you come to meadows with amazing views of the peaks all around you. There were still some snow patches to cross before reaching you summit. (They were easy and can be done in tennis shoes.) Once up top you really realize how far you've climbed and how small we are as people. This is a great hike for the weekend warrior.
A little of everything, meadows (or snow fields), second growth, great views of Big Four, Vesper, Pilchuck, Rainier. Be prepared for the difficulty, especially in early season.
Great views at top. still snow covered the last mile and a half or so. Which made for a pretty solid leg day. Getting pretty slushy. Lots of thin snow covering melt run off. might wanna give it another month. Wouldn't wanna risk injury with all of summer just ahead.
Just went up 11/4/15 at around 9:00am. Got to the top at 11:30. Trail was great through the woods. Plenty of switchbacks. About half way in the trail became icy and there was tons of snow. With the right shoes this trail is still 100% enjoyable. May want to think about bringing poles or a traction system for your shoes.
Absolutely beautiful - especially with fall colors coming in. No bugs. Not easy but very do-able. Just the right intensity for me. Very easy to get to w good roads all the way.
The trail is at least 4.3 miles in per sign at trail head, so 8.6 miles round trip. My gps on my phone said I did 13 miles total, but we did quite a bit of exploring at the top. There are lots of little well-groomed off trails in flat areas where the views are stunning. The place is magical, and with 70 degree weather on a Monday afternoon in August, it wasn't crowded. Plenty of room at the top to get privacy and there were at least 3-4 other groups when we got there. We only passed 2-3 groups coming in. I'm not a camper and this place had me wanting to spend the night. My husband and I stayed at the top for over an hour and had the place to ourselves. We were scrambling to get down the mountain before it got dark in the tree cover. We made it out just in time around 8:30pm. It took us 2 hours to climb and 2 hours down, but the only real break we took was at top. I felt like I was in Jurassic park. Love this mountain!
Awesome hike! Wild blueberries, huckleberry and Thimbleberry, Black bears and a breathtaking view
Moderate hike in 90 degree weather, made it a little challenging, but absolutely worth it. Amazing 360° views! This trail is listed on WTA site as 8.2 miles. My friend got 9.5 on his GPS. Whichever; it is definitely NOT 5.8 miles.
Not a beginner trail! It was pretty strenuous to the top but once you did it was worth it. After you get through some switchbacks there are some very scenic meadows and the summit it unbelievable. You can see as far south as Tacoma and Mt. Rainier, north to Mt. Baker and most of the Olympic peninsula. Bring sunscreen!
This trail is actually 8.6 miles out and back, not 5.8!
Challenging yet excellent hike! I came here on Memorial Day around 9 am. Not too many people on the trail. The weather wasn't that great. It was a little chilly with a some light rain and very cloudy.
Time: 3 hours up. 2.5 hours down.
Difficulty: Hard for me as a beginning hiker. I hiked with a group of friends and they have been hiking forever and they didn't find this trail difficult at all.
Road: Very straight forward and easy drive. It took about 1.5-2 hours coming from Seattle. The trail is located right off Mountain Loop Highway on the left side. No pot holes and off roading of any sort.
Parking: Lots of parking spaces in the parking lot. There are two outhouse toilets available.
Trail: The trail is in excellent condition. Very nicely maintained. The beginning of the hike was probably the hardest part for me because the switchbacks seems never ending. For the first 2.5 miles or so, it consists of mainly moderate grade incline switchbacks (I counted about 50-55) through the forest. Some are very long. I marked the half-way point of the trail at the end of the series of switchbacks. You will then pass a very large rock formation on the side of the mountain along with some stream crossings. The trail opens up past the forest with some views of the nearby peaks. This part of the trail remains somewhat flat with some rocky steps for about 1 mile or so. This part was nice having to be able to catch my breath from the beginning of the hike. Then the trail then begins to get steep again with some more short switch backs and steps. About 1/2 mile from the top, there are some snow on the trail but nothing too hard to cross. The overall trail is pretty straight forward and not that bad. If I was in better shape, I don't think it would have been so challening.
View: No view! It was so cloudy that there was no view what so ever! I was so disappointed because this was the most challenging hike that I have ever done and I couldn't see anything! I will sure be back when it's more clear.
Awesome hike! A good hike full of switch backs and amazing views. There were some patches of snow near the top but nothing too bad. The view at the top was incredible!
One of my favourite leg burner hikes in the Granite Falls area.....or mountain loop highway. The elevation is considerable and it is one giant switchback, but at the summit...WOW! THE VIEW IS BRILLIANT! If I winter hike I carry my snowshoes on my back with my pack. It a good idea to flag trees too, because after the waterfall, and if it is snowy it isn't that hard to loose the trail.
I leave early and come down late, just before sunset so I can take my time at the summit and just look at the beauty of nature.
**Nothing outrageous or dangerous about December hiking this trail other than some snow around the summit. I got a bit mucky, but that is the fun of hiking eh?
**Other hiker? Not many at all........maybe 7 or 8......all spread out.
(I have done the duo which will lead to a great sleep......Dickerman and Lake 22) Lake 22 is a nice little hike.