Origin Of Area Names

Why did they name that Mountain Big Four?
Photo from early Big Four Inn brochure, courtesy of the Darrington Ranger Station

One story is that Big Four Mountain was named after the figure 4 that appears when snow melt begins and confluence of the 4 prominent ridges
forms a #4 on the south side of the mountain.


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Barlow Pass Barlow Pass is just west of Monte Cristo on the divide between the Sauk and South Fork Stillaguamish Rivers. In 1891 Fred Anderson and F.M. Headlee discovered the pass while prospecting up on the Sauk River. It will later become the new route west to the city of Everett and was surveyed by John Quincey Barlow which the pass was named after. 
Big Creek It was bigger than...the other creek. "Tenas" meaning "small" in Chinook jargon. Big Creek runs just west of Tenas Creek and is quite a bit larger. Both creeks are tributaries of the Suiattle River. 
Big Four Mountain One story is that Big Four Mountain was named after the figure 4 that appears when snow melt begins and confluence of the 4 prominent ridges forms a #4 on the south side of the mountain. 
Black Creek Tributary of the South Fork Stillagumish River, named for dark colored water 
Black Mountain Black Mountain was named by a group of surveyors consisting of Thomas Gerdins, Sam Strom and A Dubor and the name was recorded as the official name by 1896. Monte Cristo District, elevation 7,192 feet. 
Buckeye Creek Named by Charles Burns from Ohio, "the Buckeye State" 
Cadet Creek and Cadet Peak An early survey party called the U.S. Cadets, came to the area and named both Cadet Peak and Cadet Creek where they had their camp. 
Camp Lake and Camp Creek Named after an early camp. Camp Lake is a small lake the drainage being Camp Creek. These names were given to both lake and creek by Nels Bruseth and Chauncey Bullen in 1917 as it was a frequently used as a camping spot.  
Chocolate Creek and Chocolate Glacier Chocolate Glacier on Glacier Peak is aptly named for its deep brown chocolate color from years of scouring Glacier Peak and collecting over many years erosion debris. Chocolate Creek drains into the Suiattle River and in early summer the chocolate color will begin to appear down stream. Many people come to the area and wonder if this is caused by due to mis-management of forest activities. Chocolate Glacier has been turning the Suiattle River brown before the first human set foot in the upper valley. 
Conrad Creek Named after Jimmy Conrad. Jimmy was a native American that was alloted a claim near the mouth of a stream in 1911. Nels Bruseth named this stream in honor of him. 
Cub Lake When you're not a big bear you're a cub. This lake is just due west of Big Bear Lake about 600 feet. Cub lake is up hill of Big Bear Lake and is very unique that it has a drainage from the northeast and southeast corners. Although Cub Lake is the little lake its northeast outlet feeds Big Bear Lake. 
Curry Gap Named after prospector Mr. Curry worked at the mines of Goat Lake, his lady friend was clear over in Skykomish quite a distance away. Mr. Curry made frequent weekend trips to go calling, this motivated him to find a short cut and he did, the locals liked to call it "Curry Gap". Another fun story from Nels Bruseth. 
Dans Creek Named after Dan Smyre 
Delcampo Peak Named after Delcampo Mine, Monte Cristo. Elevation 5,780 
Devils Thumb Named by prospectors, resembling fist with raised thumb. Elevation 5,442 feet thumb 
Dicks Creek Named after Dick Smith. Dicks Creek is one of the outlets of Myrtle Lake on Mt. Higgins. It is named after Dick Smith a local Indian that had his favorite camp near the mouth of the creek as it flowed into the North Forth Stillaguamish River  
Eight Mile Creek Eight Mile Creek marked the eighth mile on the 13 mile tramway from the Bornite Mine to Darrington. A new road was built at Clear Creek and it is now 6 miles to Eight Mile Creek; Nels Bruseth. 
Elliott Creek Named after prospector of Goat Lake 
Falls Creek Falls Creek is a tributary of Sauk River. Named for its several waterfalls. Before white settlers came to the area it was known as "Cheet Aligvas" meaning "Close Throbbing Heart" referring to the falls near the river; Nels Bruseth. 
Fire Creek Northwest Washington Built their first Fire Lookout in Darrington, Washington and during the first year a devastating forest fire was spotted at the upper White Chuck River at a tributary which the fire guards later named Fire Creek.  
Foggy Peak Fog and mist around peak 
French Creek, French Point and French Peak Named after homesteader that settled on French Creek. 
Goat Creek Large population of mountain goats 
Goat Lake Large Population of Mountain Goats 
Gold Hill Gold Hill, east of Darrington was previously called "Deer Mountain" and also "Tel Kaiaks" referring to coming down to water by the native Americans. During the prospecting days of upper Stillaguamish Valley, Gold Hill had over 100 mining claims between 1895 to 1900 and received the optimistic name of Gold Mountain. Gold Mountain was also the first fire lookout built in northwest Washington.  
Goodman Creek A.E. Goodman, homesteader on Sauk River below White Chuck River 
Helena Creek, Ridge and Peak Named after prospectors from Helena, Montana 
Horse Creek The former name of was "Eastern Fork Buck Creek" however the local Indians referred to it as "Horse Creek" because of an accidental entrapment of several horses within a small area where the animals nearly died of starvation. Horse Creek is a tributary of Buck Creek in the Suiattle Watershed; Hugh A. Ritter, 08-02-1939. 
Illabot Mountain, Lake and Creek Illabot was a name given to Illabot Mountain, Illabot Creek and Illabot Lake by the Sauk-Suiattle people. Illabot translates into "painted", Hugh A Ritter in his 1939 report suggest that the name was first given to the lake at its inlet where the water is a very vivid green color and white settlers implied that Illabot meaning the whole area. The Illabot area is north of Darrington and the creek is a tributary of the Sauk River. 
Image Lake Referring to its mirror-like appearance and alpine setting 
Indian Pass Indian Pass is located on the divide between the North Fork Sauk and the White Chuck watersheds. This was the route the Sauk-Suiattle tribes would travel when they went to visit with the neighboring tribes of the Wenatchee Valley. The name thus "Indian Pass" was given to this historical well traveled route.  
Indigo Lake Named for its deep blue color 
Johnson Mountain Named after prospector Mackinaw Johnson 
Lake Byrne Named after member in survey party 
Moose Creek Named after placer mine claims 
Mt. Higgins Named after homesteader Walter Higgins whom homesteaded in the Hazel area close to the North Fork Stillaguamish River. He named both Mt. Higgins and Higgins Creek which flows down from Mt. Higgins into Deer Creek. Mt. Higgins has several peaks, highest elevation is 5,202feet.  
Neiderprum Trail #653 Built by Mat Neiderprum in the early 1900's to access his limestone claims 
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