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.
dogs on leash
Directions from Verlot: Travel east on the Mt. Loop Hwy. 19.4 miles to the trailhead at Barlow Pass.
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.
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.
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.
I really enjoyed this little hike with a couple of dogs and my partner. Well maintained trail and felt seamless.
Great first hike of the season-not too difficult and beautiful view from the top!
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!
Well maintained trail and not too muddy. A phenomenal look out point, especially for such a short hike. Great for a picnic.