Squire Creek Pass #654

The Squire Creek flowing slowly west of the slide along the trail, photo by Martha Rasmussen

The first portion of this trail use to be a logging road, now abandoned.  It a short walk on the old road when you will reach the devastation of the serious slide that come down Mount Jumbo several years ago.  Over the years, hikers have picked a path through the boulders and other debris.  Keep in mind that this is a slide area, weather changes or heavy rains can cause this area to become unstable and you continue at your own risk.    

One of the larger creek fords cascading down from Jumbo Mountain, photo by Nels Rasmussen, D.C.

Once climbing up from the slide you will resume the old trail.  It crosses several beautiful woodland creeks and small streams fed by snow melt above.  A good rule to remember when crossing mountain streams is that as the day warms, the water in these streams will increase in volume and can be significantly higher by afternoon. 

Looking to the eastern side of Whitehorse Mountain, photo by Nels Rasmussen, D.C.

The trail takes you through mixed forest and magnificent stands of old-growth trees as you walk with Whitehorse Mountain to the west and Jumbo Mountain to the east. Some spectacular views of the eastern rock faces of Whitehorse Mountain, Three Fingers and  Mt. Bullon open up between the trees from the trail as it climbs steadily upward.

Gentian growing in the alpines, photo by Debra Cliff

At 1.5 miles, you cross a boulder field and small creek, continuing up to the pass, the trail climbs a few switchbacks. As you near the ridge you will enter alpine meadows with small lakes and views of the mountains toward the east. You can see views to the south by climbing upward to the ridge.

Atop Squire Creek Pass, photo by Bob Herzer

To the top of the ridge is 
incredible mountain views, with rugged rock and the meadows below.   At this point you will meet up with the 
Eight-Mile-Trail #654.02, which is unmaintained. This hike can be a loop trip which will require a second car at the Eight-Mile-Trailhead starting off on the Copper Creek Road via the Clear Creek Road #2065.  This is the same road that takes you to Asbestos Creek Falls, Bornite & popular climbing routes.

To get to Squire Creek Pass from the Darrington Ranger Station, drive south and take the Mt. Loop Highway #20 to Darrington Street. Turn right on Darrington Street and follow this road for 7 miles to the end. Road closed due to storm damage. Distance to trailhead 2.0 miles. Go at your own risk. Material above is very unstable and could still come down. Could be very dangerous on rain soaked days.

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