At A Glance
TRAIL LENGTH: 0.8 miles, round-trip
ELEVATION GAIN: 243 feet
HIGH POINT: 2,830'
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Summer
POPULARITY: Very lightly used
GOOD FOR: experienced hikers
WATCH FOR: no trail, road conditions, no cell reception, mines
FEES & PERMITS: Discover Pass
NEAREST RANGER: Skykomish Ranger Station
COORDINATES: N47° 42.371' W121° 30.017'
LOCATION: In King County, near the town of Skykomish, in Mount Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest.
HIGHLIGHTS: historic mine
HISTORIC SIGNIFICANCE: Very little is known about the San Francisco mine.
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
FROM THE PARKING AREA:
- Walk downhill on the road heading east.
- Follow the road for about .14 miles.
- On the left side, look for a very overgrown old road.
- Follow the overgrown road for about .1 miles.
- Arrive at a wide creek bed. Turn left onto the rocks.
- Follow the creek as it narrows and the sides become walls, about .12 miles
- The mine entrance is several feet above the creek on the right/east wall.
THINGS TO SEE:
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.