Mileage: 7.4 miles RT
Elevation Gain/Highest: 2275ft/5400ft
Map: Green Trails Skykomish No. 175
Favorite Eats After Hike: Wallace Falls Cafe
As always, practice Leave No Trace. Pretty Please.
4/5/2016 I loved the fresh powder on Beckler today! The road had a light dusting when we drive up but it was gone by the time down. Although the trail had snow from the beginning, we had our snow shoes on our packs until before the old cabins ruins ( first view point) when we started postholing pretty well. After heading into the trees where the trail leaves the abandoned forest road section, we alternated following the actual trail and heading straight up.
There were faint prints to follow under the new snow but you can see folks had taken different paths down (as we did). We relied on GPS to keep us headed in the right direction until we got to the ridge and we mostly followed that up. Some sections were a little sketchy with steep slopes and tree wells. The sun played peek a boo at the top and we were careful to stay back from the cornices at the top. Our trip down went much faster, lots of sliding and dodging tree snow bombs as the snow softened. We left our snow shoes on until most way to the cars. It took us about 5 hours total.
Another great day on the trail!
Directions: Take Highway 2 to Skykomish. 1.9 miles after passing the ranger station, take a left turn on FR 6066 (a sign indicates this road). When you see the sign, immediately slow down and prepare to turn–the turn comes up very quickly. There is a fork 1.8 miles up FR 6066. Bear right, uphill. Follow the road 6.6 miles to the TH at the end. There is a vault toilet open seasonally.