Barlow Point Trail

MODERATE 20 reviews
#19 of 85 trails in

Barlow Point Trail is a 2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Granite Falls, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
961 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Directions from Verlot: Travel east on the Mt. Loop Hwy. 19.4 miles to the trailhead at Barlow Pass.

hiking
3 days ago

short sweet and not too difficult, not too much to look at though

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked Barlow Point today. I was worried my car would get broken into (there was a sign at the trailhead saying this was a high crime area.) but luckily, it was fine. There were about 15 cars parked at the trailhead, but most of them must have headed south, away from Barlow Point.
Lots of rocks on the trail, though not as bad as Lake 22. The trail was a steady uphill moderate grade throughout. Another beautiful warm NW summer day in September!

hiking
1 month ago

When we arrived to this trailhead there was a car full of women cleaning glass out of their car. 9 cars were broken into while people were hiking. The area has gotten bad. Make sure you remove everything out of your vehicle before hiking. This trail will get your heart rate up, that's for sure. Incline all the way up. Rocky and rooty most of the trail. ALL switchbacks to the top. Dog friendly but littler kids probably not a ideal hike. Short, but feels longer. The view at the top was well worth the effort.

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2 months ago

3 months ago

Awesome, not too challenging. View at the top was beautiful. Despite the road being crowded, everyone else seemed to be going to other trails. This one was nice and quiet, we didn't see anyone else.

There's an annoying area down at the bottom where the vegetation has really grown over the trail. It looks like you can take the railroad grade to avoid it, there's two points early on where it connects to the main trail.

Otherwise, loved it. Top is perfect for a snack and a long rest.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

Great hike if you love tree cover and switchbacks. Great view at the top though!

3 months ago

Friday, August 26, 2016

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

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Monday, July 25, 2016

The trail starts narrow but soon improves. Just after the narrow section in the beginning, we wondered whether to go straight onto a more cleared trail ahead or switchback to another trail. Turning onto switchback is the correct trail up. While this trail isn't difficult, it does require attentiveness with the roots and rocks and steep sections. At the top there is a nice rock foundation, where the former tower sat, to have a snack. There are two view spots to walk out to from the rocks. One, you will see a glimpse of Big Four if it is a clear day. The other...the valley. Our favorite part of the entire hike was that EVERYONE else was hiking Monte Cristo area and we were all alone even on a summer Saturday.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Trail was beautiful but very narrow and Rocky. 2 stars for it not being kid friendly. We had to turn around with our 3 littles so they didn't fall down into the canyon. We'll return for an adults only hike later.

hiking
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Don't let the 3 stars fool you, this is a great little hike, easily accessible from Seattle. The 1.2 mile hike to the top passes quickly, about 40 minutes, without rushing (hence the 3 stars). The views back across the valley to the southwest and the northeast are worth the walk. There is a nice foundation, formerly belonging to a USFS fire watch, to stop and have a picnic. A great beginner hike for the NW, half covered with switch backs, leading 800ft to the top. Even on a rainy day the dense forest canopy provides excellent cover, beware of adverse weather potential at the top.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

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Monday, May 02, 2016

I really enjoyed this little hike with a couple of dogs and my partner. Well maintained trail and felt seamless.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Great first hike of the season-not too difficult and beautiful view from the top!

hiking
Monday, March 09, 2015

This was a great little hike.. A nice one to pair with the big four ice caves to make the trip more bang for the buck!

hiking
Sunday, July 29, 2012

Well maintained trail and not too muddy. A phenomenal look out point, especially for such a short hike. Great for a picnic.