At A Glance
TRAIL LENGTH: .5 miles, round-trip
ELEVATION GAIN: -10 feet
HIGH POINT: 2,700'
BEST TIME TO VISIT: spring - fall
POPULARITY: little use
GOOD FOR: kids, leashed dogs
WATCH FOR: road conditions, no cell reception
FEES & PERMITS: Northwest Forest Pass or America the Beautiful Pass
NEAREST RANGER: Skykomish Ranger District Office
COORDINATES: N47° 42.131' W121° 30.459'
LOCATION: Located in King County, in Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, near the town of Index.
HIGHLIGHTS: mining artifacts
HISTORIC SIGNIFICANCE: Apex was a productive gold mine, second only to the mines of Monte Cristo.
FROM HIGHWAY 2:
- Turn south onto NE Old Cascade Highway / Money Creek Campground exit
- Follow for about 1 mile
- Turn right onto Miller River Road
- Immediately turn right onto Money Creek Road / NF-6420
- Follow the road about 6.5 miles
- Go through two switchbacks
- go about another .75 miles
- Park in the wide area on the south side of the road
- Find narrow trail through trees in the SW section of the wide gravel area.
- Follow the trail about .5 miles.
- Look for the artifacts in a clearing to the left of the trail, just before Money Creek. This is the lower tram site.
- Go back to trail, follow toward creek to reach the bridge remains.
Things to see:
- Wood bridge remains
Researching primary materials is just as exciting as finding the actual places where the history took place, but it's a slow and challenging process. Exploring History in Your Hiking Boots will be including gems below as we find them.