Looking for a great trail near Darrington, Washington? AllTrails has 39 great hiking trails, running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Mount Pilchuck State Park or Wallace Falls State Park , we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Nels Bruseth Memorial Garden. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 22 hard trails in Darrington ranging from 3.9 to 32.4 miles and from 1,184 to 10,541 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
muddy
6 days ago

hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
7 days ago

This was an amazing hike! I arrived at the trailhead around 8:20a on a Friday, 10/11/19. When I saw the forecast was sunny I knew this would probably be the last good Friday weather that I can make so I made adjustments to my schedule. When I arrived at the TH, I was the first car but another showed up shortly afterwards. There are pot holes going to the TH but they’re not that bad if you go slow and take your time. I took the upper trail to the lake and the lower one back. As others have mentioned the upper trail is good on the knees with gradual incline but I spent much of the time walking through spider webs, I guess I was the first one on that trail that day. Not much scenery on the upper trail except for some peeks of the mountains through the trees. When I got to the lake I didn’t see anyone. I think I had it all to myself for awhile. The lake was amazing with the mountainous background covered in snow. Beautiful! It was a little windy but the sunny skies kept things comfortable. I tried following the trail along the lake to the other end but stopped about 3/4 of the way. The trail there had a lot of overgrowth and I had to scramble a little just to get as far as I did. I found a nice rock with an unobstructed view of the lake and mountains to eat my snacks on. It reminded me of Blanca and Colchuck with the turquoise colored water, but not as deep turquoise as them. Anyway I saw maybe 7 people on the way down which was also nice. I will definitely come back next year in the summer and hopefully camp. There seemed to be a lot to explore here. I highly recommend this hike if you like Colchuck and Blanca.

hiking
muddy
snow
9 days ago

Great hike on 10/9. The rain from early in the week has made it pretty muddy, but it’s passable. Some snow up at the lake but not much on the ground. Saw a bald eagle! It was beautiful from start to finish. Highly recommend.

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.

hiking
snow
13 days ago

Great hike, even with the fog! No sign of the bear folks have been talking about but I had the bear bell on the dog and made sure to make enough noise on the way up. It's a tough one from the beginning, lots of elevation with switchbacks for the first 2.5 miles or so and then straightens out. Started seeing traces of snow right around mile 3.5 and it just got heavier from there. By 4.5 miles the dog and I were in a winter wonderland! It was gorgeous and made up for the lack of view. Not crowded at all today, I started at 7:30 and was the first one in the parking lot. Need to come back again in the spring!

hiking
muddy
rocky
16 days ago

Surprised to see 4-5 cars at the trail head when we arrived around 10:30 am on a Tuesday. Porta Potty at trailhead was decent, considering most. Parking required Northwest Forest Pass. Decided to take the upper Elliot trail at the fork, which was fairly flat with steady incline. The elevation gain didn't happen until a mile or so from the lake. Stopped at the waterfall for a snack, so tranquil. The lake was beautiful at the top, the tree leaves with fall colors and the mountains with snow were a mirror on the lake. On the way down, we took the lower Elliot trail which lead us along the river, through streams and over bridges (much more scenic on the lower trail) lots of different mushrooms growing too!! We clocked 10.2 miles round-trip..I will do this again maybe in spring..enjoyable fall hike

hiking
17 days ago

hiking
snow
18 days ago

we hike on 9/29/19. hard hike. we got a few dusting of snow.

hiking
muddy
snow
19 days ago

9/29. The summit was covered with snow, 2-3” Some parts were very slippery and the summit was windy and chilly but so beautiful to see the views.

backpacking
rocky
scramble
snow
20 days ago

Only made it halfway on the scramble, slippery rocks covered in about a foot of snow all through out before the Glacier and seeing the summit, definitely will try again in the summer, no kidding it was a nerve racking experience. Definitely bring climbing gear if you want to summit

hiking
muddy
snow
20 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

Matt and me did this as one day push, 55 km (34 miles) in 20.5 hours C2C on September 19. Unfortunately the glacier route was out so we took the scrambles route up Disappointment Peak which was tedious. Snow didn’t help but made everything even more slippery and unstable. On the way down however it seemed to make things easier. Cool Glacier is a serious glacier, lots of crevasses this late in the season. Earlier in the season though the glacier route is a much quicker option and of course way more aesthetic. This can definitely be done in a long day if you are fit and especially if the glacier route is in. We could have probably shaved 1.5-2 hours. Lots if water sources. I must say this was my least favourite of the 5. Ig @twooutofthree

hiking
rocky
scramble
27 days ago

I’m terrified of heights. (Literally crying at the top of Stujack pass) Kept going until the block and couldn’t see very much ahead of me so I turned around. On a clear day I will conquer this mountain. My favorite hike as of yet. 10th since July. First year hiking ever.

hiking
muddy
28 days ago

I came to Goat Lake on a Thursday afternoon and pretty much had the trails to myself! Took upper trail up, lower trail down. Upper was 5.6miles and 2 hours to get to the lake with not much scenery- very flat and easy trail until the last mile or so to the lake which was steep. Some pretty little mushrooms and frogs hopping along the trail if you look around. The lake is breathtaking on a foggy day with the snowy mountain and autumn colors reflecting off the lake. Lower Elliot down was 4.9miles and took 1:40. Much more scenic / enjoyable route, also some muddy spots! I took my 13lb pup and she handled the trails like a champ. Came back to the lot and another car had a ticket for no National forest pass, so come prepared!

hiking
rocky
28 days ago

hiking
blowdown
muddy
over grown
rocky
28 days ago

Made a backpack trip out of this and it rained hard. So I got soaked as did everything else. other than that the fall colors were awesome.

hiking
29 days ago

Trail quality in the alpine is very poorly marked and the trail is not defined. This place is much better to go earlier in the summer when the majority of the hike is done on firm late-season snow. Once the snow is gone it leaves behind a repulsive landscape with an extremely poorly marked and poorly made trail. Disappointment Peak scramble isn’t good or fun. It’s just a pile of loose rocks all the way up. Final summit push is featureless slogging. Glad to have this peak in the bag. Never going back.

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