Hike of the Week Fridays -White Chuck Bench- Darrington

FOURTH OF JULY HIKE - GIVE YOURSELF AND YOUR DOG SOME EXERCISE BEFORE THE PICNICS AND FIREWORKS.

PLEASE READ THE DESCRIPTION IN ITS ENTIRETY AND THE ACCOMPANYING LINKS SO SEE IF THIS HIKE IS APPROPRIATE BEFORE YOU RSVP.

http://hikeoftheweek.com/new/white-chuck-bench-trail%e2%94%80stroll-along-and-above-white-water-river/

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/white-chuck-bench

Statistics

Roundtrip 5.0 miles

Elevation Gain 160 ft

User info Good for kids

Dogs allowed on leash

 Northwest Forest Pass required

The White Chuck Bench trail is a beautiful, 2.5 miles walk in the woods along the White Chuck River.

The entire hikeable length of the trail has been cleared by hardworking WTA crews after the 2003 floods rendered it nearly inaccessible. Since then, thanks to road-clearing and numerous work parties, the trail takes hikers on good, winding tread through a pleasant forest of tall trees. Skirt the ledge above the White Chuck River, cross a sturdy wood bridge, and continue upstream, looking for peek-a-boo views of Mount Pugh and the surrounding summits.

(This is the one I have done some work on so come on out and see what I can do)

Driving Directions:

From Darrington, follow the Mountain Loop Highway nine and turn left at the White Chuck Boat Launch. Cross the bridge and follow the road up for about 0.8 mile. You will come to a small parking area with outhouses and a sign for the White Chuck Bench Trail on the right. (outhouses are actually at the boat launch area about half a mile before trailhead FYI)


Hiking with a group is very different from hiking as an individual. Each hiker has a responsibility to the group, as the group has a responsibility to each hiker. Participants  should plan to stay with the group for the duration of the hike.


CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT
Dress for the Pacific Northwest out-of-doors: expect rain, snow, sunshine, fog and everything between.


HIKER ESSENTIALS
You Should Have:
BACK PACK WITH
FOOD, WATER,
EXTRA CLOTHING,
RAINGEAR,
FLASHLIGHT, MATCHES,
HIKING BOOTS OR HIKING SHOES,
MAP & COMPASS, FIRST AID KIT,
EMERGENCY SHELTER

 
Extra clothes, at minimum, should include a warm hat, gloves and a warm shirt/top. Cotton is not advised. Synthetic materials such as fleece and wool are better alternatives.
Some circumstances could require you to spend the night outside.
Being prepared is for your safety and the safety of the group.


Dogs are required to be leashed on this hike and have their owner present. If you decide you want to unleash your dog, it must be under voice control, stay on the trail, and away from leashed dogs. Give your self and dog adequate space from others. Please respect other hikers on the trail and restrain your dog when approaching or being approached by others

Basically, the closer in and more popular the hike and bigger the group the more insistent I am that dogs remain on leash. You should come expecting to have your dog leashed at all times.


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  • Scott S.

    Great hike - thanks to Kathy for sharing this little known trail with the gang!

    July 5

  • Kathy L.

    Such a soft, gentle trail, one of my favorites. So happy I could share it with you all. Thanks for coming out and behaving so nicely. Your dogs were terrific, too.

    2 · July 5

  • Susan

    I feel so relaxed after that walk in the woods! The drive was nice too.

    July 4

  • Vanessa

    A perfect trail to escape the holiday for a few hours, and an interesting drive to the trailhead. The best human and canine company out there, as always!

    1 · July 4

  • Joan S.

    Delightful day!

    1 · July 4

  • Robbyn and Steve B.

    Oh never mind we can't go sorry

    July 3

  • Robbyn and Steve B.

    Is there room for Steve and I? We can go buy a pass.

    July 3

  • Samantha

    I have to cancel, i ended up with unexpected company. Sorry about the late notice.

    July 3

  • Kathy L.

    See you in the morning. My cell phone is[masked] should you not be able to find me at the park and ride at 10am. Give yourself extra time for possible holiday slow downs. Bring a snack and water - don't think we will stop for a full lunch on the trail as it shouldn't take more than 2 hrs or so. Bug spray advised as mosquitoes were in evidence when I was there a few weeks ago. It is a mostly wooded trail so you can probably get away without sunscreen.
    Remember to tighten your dogs collar so it doesn't slip off.

    July 3

  • A former member
    A former member

    Got up 3 AM with fever and stomach mess. Had to cancel work and Am down for count today so assuming I won't be up for the hike by tomorrow AM. If I am miraculously better tonight I'll write in that I will come up, as I would truly love to. But at this moment, going to have to change RSVP to no. :-(

    July 3

  • becky b.

    I think someone is coming with me and we will just meet at the trailhead. we will meet at the trailhead at 10am

    June 30

    • Kathy L.

      Becky, we are meeting in Arlington at 10 am and should be at trailhead by 10:30ish. If you are planning on starting earlier and not hiking with our group, please change your rsvp. Thanks.

      July 2

    • Lisa W.

      Remember 530 is slow thru re-construction area when planning your time to trailhead. I would suggest adding an additional 15-30 minutes to your estimate.

      July 3

  • Kathy L.

    Just a reminder you do need a NW Forest Pass at this trailhead. (not the state Discover Pass)

    July 2

    • Kathy L.

      Depends on the trail which one you need. Only 5 for a day pass though, isn't it?

      July 2

    • A former member
      A former member

      Didn't see a day option...let me recheck

      July 2

  • Robbyn and Steve B.

    We don't have a NW forest pass

    July 2

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll have a Ford Escape with back seats down so can take another person and pup with me from park and ride spot.

    July 1

  • Kathy L.

    I have changed the meeting place to the Arlington Park and Ride.
    Please familiarize yourself with the hiking with dogs and the ten essentials info located in the pages section of this meet up site.
    This is not a hard hike, fairly flat, but we are out in the wilderness and you need to be prepared.
    Because it is July 4th and we are out of city limits, there is the possibility of firecrackers and fireworks. Dogs must be kept on leash and make sure collars are secure. We don't want any spooked dogs running off.

    June 30

  • Robbyn and Steve B.

    Kathy is this an uphill hike or is it fairly easy?

    June 29

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ok- let us know what you find. I imagine won't be too bad at 7:30 in AM but driving home may be moreso?

    June 29

  • Kathy L.

    I am looking for an alternative meeting place. Arlington is having some fourth of July festivities at Haller Park near the Food Pavilion so may be too busy there to meet. Parades in Darrington and Arlington aren't until later in the day, but expect some traffic congestion because of other things going on.

    June 29

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all - my dog is terrified of fireworks noise- last year was a bit torturous for her. Does anyone have similar problem and/ could u suggest somewhere y could go with her

    June 28

  • Patricia

    If I could get a ride from the food pavilion to the trailhead that would be super...thanks for considering.

    June 27

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