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Thread: Mountain Loop Highway: Granite Falls to Darrington, Washington, 10/9/2015

              
   
   
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    Default Mountain Loop Highway: Granite Falls to Darrington, Washington, 10/9/2015



    I have wanted to make this drive for a long time, but never made the time to actually do it. With the Autumn colors on display, it was a great excuse to go shoot photos.



    Of course, like many of my drives, I chose a rainy day so I know that I missed a lot of great scenery that was obscured by the low hanging clouds. Nevertheless, I got some great photos.



    I decided to start the drive from the South side so I would be further North at the end of the loop and if I had enough time, which I didnít, I could tie in another leg to explore.



    After Granite Falls at daybreak, I made multiple stops to make photographs:



    Turlo Campground.



    Gold Basin Mill Pond.



    I drove up Forest Road 4052 (Deer Creek) to roads end and made the short hike up to a fogged in Kelcema Lake (may 1/4 a mile hike). By this time, there was a steady rain that probably lasted a good six hours.



    I stopped at the Big Four Mountain park, however the mountain was obscured by clouds.



    Not long after, I was at Barlow Pass, where the road turned to nice smooth gravel.



    South Fork Sauk River.



    Myrtle Lake.



    I drove up Forest Road 49, much of which was blanketed with fallen maple leaves. I found a small pond that I hiked down to shoot photos of, possibly an old beaver pond. Because it was getting late in the day, I turned around at North Fork Suak Trailhead.



    My final stop of the day was at the White Chuck River valley overlook.

    It wasnít long before I was in Darrington and on my way home.

    On the highway from Darrington to Arlington, I passed the site of the Oso mudslide. Seeing the devastation in person is much greater than seeing photos or news coverage.

    Normally this drive could be made in only a few hours, however it was an all day adventure for me because I was constantly stopping to evaluate areas for taking photos. Iíll have to plan for a repeat on a clearer day so I can see the mountains along this route.

    All photos taken with my iPhone.
    Steve

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    Very nice, Steve! Most enjoyable. Used to go up that way quite a bit when we lived in the Everett area. 1st trip and 10th anniversary trip for Backroad Drivers as well. Drove that route on occasion when I was selling heavy equipment and later when I was in real estate I listed some properties up that way. Just a really nice drive even in the rain. Thank you!
    Jerry
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    Despite the rain, it looks like it was a nice drive. I have been in that area for work and it truly is a beautiful area, even in the rain.
    Eric, KG7SEJ
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