Bedal Creek Trail #705

Bedal Creek Trial Is Rigorous Hike Up To Beautiful Alpines & Panoramic Mountain Views,

And A Place Of Cherished History!

Bedal Creek at the ford to Chockwich Creek Trail in May, by Martha Rasmussen

Bedal Creek cascades down from Bedal and Sloan Peaks rolling over huge boulders. This trail is in the Henry M. Jackson Wilderness and is listed as the best seasons to hike are Summer and Fall. It can be hiked earlier to see a dazzling display of spring flowers and a beautiful waterfall, however, fording Bedal Creek will not be passable in late Spring as it will typically be running very high and swift due to snow melt. This will also be determined by the severity of the previous winter and it is recommended that you contact the Darrington Ranger Station for updated road and trail conditions.

 Along the Bedal Creek Trail, by Nels Rasmussen, D.C.

This trail starts you winding through thick old growth forest at a pretty steep climb with some great views of the mountains.  If you manage to hit this trail about May, it is the best display of Trillium anywhere.  Later in the summer Goat's Beard and Monkey flowers are in bloom. 
 Looking up at Sloan Peak, by Nels Rasmussen

Not too far after fording Bedal Creek the trail leaves the forest and comes to a rock slide.  You can look up at Sloan Peak and see one of the several avalanche chutes.  The trail continues to climb upward and eventually crosses to the other side of the slide. This portion of the trail is marked with neatly piled rocks on boulders.  Once you cross the slide the trail returns to a forest trail.

Looking south east across alpine meadow, by Nels Rasmussen

The trail opens up to a beautiful boulder strewn alpine meadow with the massive Sloan Peak towering over you.  Beyond this point are climber's routes to Bedal and Sloan Peaks.  When the trail leaves the forest and you first enter the meadow you will see 2 huge boulders on the other side of the meadow and to the right.
The ruins of Harry Bedal's hunting cabin, photo by Nels Rasmussen, D.C.

Just to the downhill side of the smaller boulder is the remains of pioneer Harry Bedal's cabin built in 1919. Harry had an asbestos mine north of the cabin towards Sloan Peak.  He was known to have climbed to his cabin sometimes a couple times a day, sometimes hauling ore or pelts back down.  Harry made his cabin of peeled logs and split cedar boards with a large picture window and porch overlooking the surrounding mountains.  Please leave the ruins how you found them.  Harry was a legend of a man, and he was instrumental in the construction of Three Fingers Fire Lookout.  The Bedal family leaves our Darrington area a rich and historic legacy. The Climber's route continues beyond the alpine meadow where Harry's cabin once stood for Bedal and Sloan Peaks. 

Type of trail: USFS
2.2 miles
Elevation: 2,800 - 4,700
Level of difficulty: difficult

Best seasons: Spring up to Bedal Creek, Summer & Fall full trail

Seasonal Interest:
  • Spring - abundant wildflowers
  • Summer - vistas, wildflowers
  • Fall - vistas, fall colors
General Information:
History:  This trail goes to pioneer Harry Bedal's historic trapping cabin site.

Wilderness restrictions: Yes, enters the Henry M. Jackson Wilderness

Restroom: No

Bring drinking water

Steep rough road to trailhead and parking is limited.

Trail conditions

Road conditions

Getting There:  From the Darrington Ranger Station, take Mt. Loop Highway, Forest Road #20, for 17.5 miles, turn up Forest Service Road #4096 on the left.  This road climbs steeply, at about 2 miles.  The trailhead is at the end of the road, parking is limited. Bedal Creek trail heads up hill, also you will notice a trail and water-bar to the south of the parking area. This is the Chockwich Mountan Bike Trial #647.2 which involves fording Bedal and Chockwich Creeks then to the Goat Lake/Elliott Creek Trailhead #647.

Further Information:
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest