ROUNDTRIP: 4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 850 feet
SEASON: April - November
START: Sultan Basin
Opened in 2015, this new trail takes you deep into the Sultan River Canyon where towering old-growth trees and steep slopes shade a remote section of the Sultan River. The hike starts on a gated dirt road near the entrance of the parking area. Walk this road through a pleasant forest gradually climbing about 250 feet. After 1.0 mile, come to the beginning of the actual trail which is clearly signed. Now begin your descent into the deep dark canyon. Via a good grade, the trail switchbacks downward = Trailhead Spada Lake Reservoir Snoqualmie National Forest Sultan River into the rugged canyon. The steep slopes here prevented past loggers from harvesting the canyon’s towering old trees. You’ll pass some impressive ancient giants. You’ll pass some nice small seasonal cascades too.
At 2.2 miles reach the canyon’s lush bottom and the rippling Sultan River. During the summer months, sunlight reaches the canyon floor allowing you to prop on a riverside rock and enjoy a sunny spot along the river. Watch for dippers flitting in the cool waters. After enjoying this quiet and remote spot prepare for your return journey where a 600-foot climb out of the canyon waits for you.