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. 

 



Driving Directions

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

Trail Directions

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:

  1. Mine 

History

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.