Distance: 4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 feet
Pass: Northwest Forest Pass
We wanted an easy, pleasant hike to do before getting ready to head to Switzerland, and we found this one! It won the rare award of Brighton’s approval. He couldn’t stop saying how “pleasant” the hike was because of the terrain, nice views, and the view of Barclay lake at the end. The sun was shining and we lucked out with great weather!
Going through our photos, I realized we were focused on the macro details this time— the trillium, mushrooms, moss, etc. Sometimes it’s not about what’s in front of you, rather, what’s above/below you.
From Monroe, head east on US-2 to the town of Baring. Near milepost 41 and across from a convenience store, turn left (north) onto 635th Place NE. Cross the railroad tracks and continue 0.3 miles. Reach a junction and keep left on 635th Place NE for 0.1 mile. The road becomes FR-6024; continue 3.9 miles to the trailhead. Watch for potholes. There is a privy at the trailhead and parking for about 20 cars.