At A Glance

TRAIL LENGTH: .5 miles, round-trip


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.



Driving Directions


  • 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

Trail Directions


  • 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:

  1. Machine
  2. 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.