Dark Divide Trail

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Dark Divide Trail is a 18.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Randle, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 18.1 miles Elevation Gain: 5,666 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash


nature trips

bird watching



wild flowers


The Dark Divide is the largest unprotected roadless area in Washington, and is a largely unknown gem in the South Cascades. (BTW it's not dark; it's named for a miner named Dark). There are plenty of ways to break up this hike, but here is one example: Start at the Sunrise Peak trailhead which has the advantage of being at 4750 feet elevation; on Day 1 you can hike south to a camp in a meadow on the northern flank of Jumbo Peak and then climb Jumbo, day-hike the ridge farther south, and climb Peak 5600 after dinner. On Day 2 you can moved camp to about 1/2 mile north of Sunrise Pk and then day hiked to Juniper Pk, the northernmost high point on the Divide and after dinner climb Sunrise, the valleys filled with clouds, all the peaks standing free in the sunshine. Generally it's easy hiking with little elevation gain/loss.

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