Harold Engles Memorial Grove Trail #642


The Harold Engles Memorial Tree, photo by Nels Rasmussen

The Harold Engles Memorial Grove Trail takes you winding through lush forest land along the North Fork Sauk River. You will come to a grove of ancient cedar trees standing like giants in the woods. The largest of these trees has a memorial plaque for Harold Engels a legendary early Darrington District Ranger and a gentle giant of a man. He was a man of the woods and mountains and hiked and climbed up into his eighties. He is best known for his early ascent of Three Fingers, elevation 6870 feet with Harry Bedal in search of an appropriate Fire lookout site. Harold's tree is 14 feet in diameter. If you continue past the ancient cedar grove and take a right at the trail junction you can get some nice views of the river. You will also notice some giant trees laying in the river that were swept away in the floods of 2006.

The ancient interpretive log at the Darrington Ranger Station, photo by Martha Rasmussen

The giant interpretative log in front of the Darrington Ranger Station is 9 feet in diameter. When the first white settlers came to this area it was 656 years old. It died when it was 737 years old in 1971 and then was moved from North Mountain to its current location. If you love hiking to see the forest giants be sure to also hike the Lookout Tree Trail.


To get to the Harold Engles Memorial Grove Trail, go south from the Darrington Ranger Station to the Mountain Loop Highway and drive 16.3 miles make a left onto Sloan Creek Road, ( Forest Service Road #49), continue driving 3.4 miles. The trailhead and parking area will be on the right.

 
Copyright; August, 2010 - 2016
Type of Trail: USFS
Length: 0.5 miles one way
Elevation: 1,600 - 1,800
Level of difficulty: easy

Best Seasons: Spring, Summer & Fall

Seasonal Interest:
  • Spring & Summer - wildflowers, old growth, birding
  • Fall - Fall colors, old growth

General Information:

History: Legendary Darrington District Ranger, Harold Engles championed that this grove of ancient trees be preserved.  For years locals simply new this area as "Big Trees" which was the large plywood sign Harold had placed by the road pointing toward the grove.  After his passing a memorial trail was constructed in his honor and the largest of the trees bares a plaque with his name.

Wilderness Restrictions: No

Restroom: No

Bring drinking water

Road & Trail Conditions

Getting There:  To get to the Harold Engles Memorial Grove Trail, go south from the Darrington Ranger Station to the Mountain Loop Highway and drive 16.3 miles make a left onto Sloan Creek Road, ( Forest Service Road #49), continue driving 3.4 miles. The trailhead and parking area will be on the right.

Further Information: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest