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Gee Point

Mount Baker from Gee Point, photo by Paul Wagner

The first part of this trail starts off on a brushy path at the end of the road and the last portion is a bit of a scramble to get up to the old lookout site.  The views of the surrounding mountains and Skagit Valley are astounding!  At one time there was a network of trails traversing to the neighboring Finney Peak Lookout, many of these user built trails later became designated forest service trails and many of these have now reverted back to user trails.

Looking up at Gee Point, photo by Paul Wagner

After making your way along the thick willows and other brush at 0.25 miles look for the trail as continues to the right steeply heading up the side of an old clear cut.  Try to locate the few cairns along the trail to keep you on track.  At about 0.4 you reach a ridge crest and enter old growth forest.  At this point you will be able to pick up the original trail with good tread.  At about 0.7 miles the beautiful Gee Point comes into view through a forest opening.  Soon after this the trail levels out to a perfectly flat alpine lawn.

 The flat alpine lawn along the trail, photo by Paul Wagner

Drop down slightly off of the ridge to a marshy area which is where a cabin was once located.  Head left avoiding the talus slopes, climbing steeply work your way back up to the ridge crest.  This is a scramble and will involve in some areas using both hands & feet.  If you are not comfortable with climbing further perhaps this is the end of the hike however a very nice hike to the alpine lawn. 

Enjoying the vistas from Gee Point, photo by Paul Wagner

As you climb the blueberries grow along these rocky ledges and good excuse to take some breaks and enjoy some tasty snacks.  When you reach the rocky knoll at 4,974 feet, this is the location of the old Gee Point Fire Lookout.  From the knoll is spectacular panoramic vistas of Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, other surrounding mountains and valley below.

Looking down at Gee Point Lake, photo by Paul Wagner

Looking directly down from Gee Point to the south is Gee Point Lake cupped in a rugged cirque formed during the ancient days of the glaciers.

Little Gee Lake, photo by Nels Rasmussen

Just before reaching the end of the road at 0.3 miles from the Gee Point trailhead is Little Gee Lake on the right/north.  This is a very beautiful small lake and certainly worth a side trip.  On a clear day the reflections on this lake are amazing.

Type of trail: User built trail
Length: 3 miles round trip
Elevation: 4,300 - 4,974
Level of difficulty: difficult

Best seasons: mid-summer & fall

Seasonal interest:
  • Skagit Valley and mountain vistas, vibrant fall colors, abundant blueberries

General information:
History: The trail to Gee Point was built to access the Gee Point Lookout.  At one time there was a net work of trails in this area connecting the Finney Peak & Gee Point Lookouts

Wilderness restrictions: No

Restrooms: none

Bring plenty of drinking water

Road conditions

Getting There: From Darrington drive north on SR 530, turn left onto the Concrete-Sauk Road, at about 7 miles turn left on FSR #17 and drive 10.5 miles.  The first 6 miles are paved, the next 4.5 miles patch paved and breaking down.  Turn right onto FSR #1720 which is narrow and brushy and drive 2.1 miles, keeping to the right turn up the rather rough FSR #1722 and drive 5.4 miles to the end where the road has been decommissioned and the trail begins. (at 0.3 miles is Little Gee Lake to the right)

Further information:  Washington Trails Association