Barlow Point Trail

MODERATE 16 reviews
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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.

2.0 miles
961 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


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

23 days 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.

1 month ago

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

11 months ago

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.

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.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Monday, May 02, 2016

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

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015

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

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!

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.