PCT - Suiattle River

Darrington Ranger District

This work party starts at 8:30AM
Tue, Aug 14 to Sun, Aug 19, 2012

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Suiattle River by findout.rei.com

Winter storms in 2003 did a huge amount of damage to the trails on the west side of the Glacier Peak wilderness. The damage was made worse by more storms in 2006. Over the last few years the Forest Service has been working to repair this damage including a new bridge over the Suiattle River. It is now time for us to jump in and help out with this effort. We will be working on the newest section of the PCT that was built to connect the old PCT to the new bridge site over the Suiattle. We will also be improving sections of the Suiattle trail that is now part of the PCT. The work will include finish tread work, brushing, logout, building drainage structures and stream fords. We will be camping near the new bridge roughly 12 miles up the Suiattle from the end of the road at Downey Creek. This is scheduled as a 6 day BCRT but there will also be a Forest Service crew that is in for a 9 day hitch and you are welcome to extend your stay for the last 3 days of their tour.

With the destruction of the old Suiattle bridge a new site downstream was chosen to better withstand the ravages of the river. This meant that a new section of the PCT needed to be built on the south side of the river and that on the north side a portion of the Suiattle River trail has been incorporated into the PCT. Due to these changes the length of the PCT has been increased by a little more than 4 miles. Despite the increased length it is a great hike through magnificent stands of old growth Cedar and Douglas Fir.

Driving directions:
Because of access issues we will be meeting at the Darrington Ranger Station for car pooling. From Seattle, drive 40 miles north on I-5 to exit 208 (Arlington/Silvana). Drive about 32 miles on Highway 530 to Darrington. In Darrington make a left turn to continue on Highway 530 and in about a half mile you will reach the ranger station on the left. Drive time from Seattle about 1.5 hours.

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GPS coordinates are only approximate, please always use the written driving directions when trying to find a trail head


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