Mountain Loop Highway is a 52.7 mile point-to-point trail located near Darrington, Washington that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until December.

Distance: 52.7 miles Elevation Gain: 4,274 feet Route Type: Point to Point

camping

nature trips

scenic driving

ohv / off road driving

forest

views

wildlife

The Mountain Loop Highway is paved for 34 miles (55 km) from Granite Falls to Barlow Pass (2349') where the highway becomes unpaved for 13 miles (21 km), and then paved again for the remaining 9 miles (14 km) to Darrington. The unpaved section is U.S. Forest Service Road #20 and passes several USFS campgrounds. Portions of the unpaved section are often closed for periods of several years due to flood damage.

ohv/off road driving
closed
13 days ago

I attempted this route from the Darrington side. Once on the dirt/gravel portion, the road was well maintained, and in great shape - there were a few pot-holes, but it was drivable by nearly any vehicle. About 10 miles after changing to dirt - about 2 miles from reaching Barlow pass - the road was closed. While disappointing, I took advantage of the return trip by doing detours on side road/trails. Very beautiful country. Lots of streams, rivers, waterfalls, etc.- short hikes were rewarded by great views.

ohv/off road driving
10 months ago

Trail was nice and easy but some pot holes ,but overall a great ride and beautiful, Went one trail nice and long .have gorgeous views, Will be going back soon

scenic driving
11 months ago

A great drive in any vehicle, but you'll have a better time on the road in something with a bit of ground clearance. Potholes are your main obstacle. Plenty of places to stop and enjoy the scenery or have a picnic or hike.

Tue May 07 2019

Very easy off road, well maintained gravel/dirt road. Absolutely beautiful in the summer and fall months, a ridiculous amount of hiking trails to explore along the way. Easy to spend all day exploring.

Wed Dec 12 2018

It was a nice late afternoon drive with a dusting of snow at elevation. Drove this in an H3, but there were plenty of cars that easily made the trip.

ohv/off road driving
Mon Nov 05 2018

Great first off road experience. Will definitively try again next summer.

ohv/off road driving
Sun Oct 14 2018

Ran the MLH yesterday with a group of 11 vehicles. We stopped for lunch at the North Fork Sauk Falls, which is just a short detour up NF-49. The road includes paved and well maintained gravel sections. It was particularly beautiful to run with the fall colors showing.

scenic driving
Sun Jan 30 2011

Nice, very easy drive. Check with the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Rangers on road conditions and probable closures during the wet season. As of today, the road is closed from the South approach leaving Granite Falls at Red Bridge just before Deer Creek; local traffic only permitted. Check out the mineshaft/portal at the intersection of Mountain Loop Highway and River Road.

hiking
9 months ago

9 months ago

scenic driving
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

ohv/off road driving
Sun Sep 16 2018

Wed Aug 01 2018

ohv/off road driving
Wed Jul 04 2018