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.
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)
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.
You Should Have:
BACK PACK WITH
HIKING BOOTS OR HIKING SHOES,
MAP & COMPASS, FIRST AID KIT,
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.