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Green Mountain Trail

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Green Mountain Trail is a 8.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Darrington, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is best used from June until November.

Distance: 8.3 miles Elevation Gain: 3,241 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Hike to a historical fire lookout at the top of Green Mountain in the Glacier Peak Wilderness. Starts off gradually climbing through an old growth forest before breaking out into huge green slopes in the summer. Incredible views of jagged peaks in every direction from the top including Glacier Peak, Mt Baker, Dome Peak, and many others.

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1 month ago

Snow at the top! A lot of Fall color is gone or under snow. No views today! Mostly sunny turned into a day of rain and snow.

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bugs
2 months ago

Hiked on 8/23/2019. Very nice trail. Starts out under a canopy of trees and slowly start to reveal some amazing views of Glacier Peak and the valleys. About half way up there’s a little pass you cross where there’s a little lake. From there you can see the ridge with the lookout. The last mile is rough but when you get to the lookout it’s worth it. I got lucky and the clouds cleared enough for me to see pretty well. If you're used to looking at the Cascade Range from the west (like me) this is a great way to see them from the other side and a gorgeous view of Glacier Peak from the north. I’d wait for a clear day and get one of the best views I’ve seen. Tempting to hurry on the way down but save energy for crossing the pass heading back. The marmots are pretty social. The lookout is closed and there’s an intimidating sign saying not to trespass so if it’s raining or cold there’s no shelter at the top. Bring rain gear, it started and stopped raining several times. The views on the way back are wonderful, feels like a different hike going back. Hose dung on the first half the trail but it’s avoidable. Bugs were a problem if I stopped but not at the top. Long pothole laden road up to the trail so be patient. Would be very rough without a vehicle with ground clearance.

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bugs
3 months ago

Hiked Sunday 7/21/19. Lightly traveled. Trail was dry and in good condition. Lots of beautiful flowers blooming. Clear skies so could see all the mountains and rivers. Some horse dung on way down was a bummer. Wet and stinky.

hiking
4 months ago

This hike was beautiful. The meadows were full of flowers and the mountain views along the way made the elevation gain worth it :) The road out was quite rough though, so leave enough time to account for all the pot holes.

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over grown
4 months ago

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bugs
over grown
4 months ago

So the view was to die for but this hike gets 3 stars because of the amount of bugs YIKES! Bring Deet!!!! 29 gradual long switchbacks that turn into short steep inclines at the end. fun hike lots to look at when your not busy swatting bugs away. Oh also give yourself a solid hour and 45 minutes to drive up the pothole filled road! No ice axe or micro crampons or gaters needed.

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5 months ago

Went there Memorial Day weekend and the views were breath-taking! About halfway up, we ran into heavy snowpacks that we weren't totally comfortable with using your hiking poles and yak tracks -- some of the other hikers passing through had show shoes and skis. Even without making the full trip, we all agreed that the drive and hike was well worth the views. We had the trail to ourselves for the most part, and it wasn't too buggy yet.

snowshoeing
Wed Nov 14 2018

Lots of snow once you leave the forest. Ended up putting on snow shoes. Turned around before descending into the meadow. To much snow, breaking trail most of the way and ran out of day light. Road is rough coming in so plan on an extra 1/2 hr just to dodge pot holes.

Thu Jul 19 2018

did this on 7/14/18. still a little bit of snow towards the top, but no need for crampons. gorgeous views

Fri Jul 06 2018

Great hike on the 4th of July! Saw a young black bear on the roadside, about 14 miles in. Popped a tire on rocks about 1/4 mile from the trailhead and got a late start after changing it (don’t drive the road too fast!) After about a mile into the hike through shaded forest, climbed beautiful sunny green hillside and the flowers are just beginning to pop. Hit lots of snow just before dropping down to the small lakes (ponds?) but easy to find your way. Lots of bugs! After the lakes, we stuck mostly to the trail but saw that others had found various routes through snow up to the lookout. Reached the lookout in 2.5 hours, around 5:30, and only saw one other person beyond the lakes. Amazing views!

snowshoeing
Mon Feb 12 2018

Snow stopped us on the road at about the 3000' level adding about 1.5 miles to our planned hike. No trees across the road. The trail up thru the forest had plenty of snow 1-2' deep. Once we got up in the meadows, gorgeous views, lots of snow, and lots of signs of past avalanches - we were up there when risk was low, so I wasn't too worried. We tromped around a bit near the tree line and then headed back down.

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Thu Aug 17 2017

Wow!!!!! Stunning views.

Wed Oct 12 2016

The only thing I didn't like was the 19 mile dirt road drive before you get to the trailhead, hence 4 stars. Everything else about this hike is incredible!! Loved the change in scenery every half a km. The mountain was spectacularly green in August. Would love to come in mid October.

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Sat Sep 17 2016

A beautiful hike as the huckleberries were ripe and fall colors beginning to emerge. Grouse wandered within 5 ft near the peak, and a marmot perched on top of a stone tower calling below. The mountains were out in full splendor.

hiking
Sun Sep 20 2015

First 3/4 of the trail is pretty easy until you get to the basin... Then the final ascent to the lookout is pretty strenuous if you are carrying anything on your back. Lots of small wildlife on this trail (mostly finches and chipmunks) and tons of ladybugs at the summit.

hiking
Sun Sep 06 2015

Saturday 9-5-2015: My wife and I hiked to Green Mountain hoping for a great view. The weather forecast was mostly sunny, but it turned out the weather was mostly cloudy and we did not have a great view. We need to come back when the sky is clear. It took us 2 hours 30 minutes from our house in Redmond to the trailhead. NF-26 Suiattle River Road was in good condition except for washboards in unpaved sections. NF-2680 Green Mountain Road was rough but passable for all vehicles. There were 12 cars when we arrived at 9:30 am. and 17 cars when we left at 4 pm. The trail was in good condition. There is no toilet at the trailhead.

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Tue Jul 28 2015

I understand this hike has been closed for about ten years, but is finally open. Head north from Darrington on Hwy 530. Turn right after the Sauk River bridge on Forest Rd 26 (Suiattle River Rd). After 19 miles, turn left onto FR 2680 for 6 miles. FR26 is now very good with the first 10 miles paved. Even the 9 miles of dirt road is in good shape. Challenging climb, but well worth it! Awesome views of mountain ranges in all directions on the way up and from the summit. The Lookout at the top had a solar panel on the outside, but was locked up tight. It took us about 3 hours to climb up and about 1:40 coming down.

hiking
Sun Nov 16 2014

I waited several years for the Suiattle River Road to reopen so I wasn't going to let snow and freezing cold weather stop me. The road to the TH was snow free and in good shape. There was no one else on the trail all day. The lower section was a gradual climb through a nice forest. It took no time to reach the open meadows which were brown this time of year - I look forward to seeing the huge green slopes in the summer. Micro spikes were a huge help on the icy snow the last 1 1/2 miles to the top. Incredible mountain views in every direction from the fire lookout. A must hike and it will probably be more crowded during the summer.

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