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Scenic Drives

Scenic Drives

People of all abilities can enjoy a scenic forest road drive including rugged backcountry, untamed rivers, and majestic mountains.

Pro Tip: Always be sure to check road conditions before departing. 


Mountain Loop Highway

Rugged peaks and deep, abundant forests beckon the adventurous traveler along the Mountain Loop Scenic Byway. The 55 mile route leads into the heart of the Cascades along the scenic Sauk and Stilliguamish River corridors in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Along “the Loop” you will follow the waterways traveled by the Sauk-Suiattle tribe in shovel nosed canoes and retrace the steps of intrepid miners, loggers and CCC “Boys” as they attempted to carve out a living in the vast wilderness.

The Mountain Loop Scenic Bway can be accessed by way of the City of Granite Falls from the south or through the Town of Darrington from the north. Both are full serivce communities so, be sure your gas tank is full and you have hiking and picnic supplies for your drive. 

Pro Tip: There is NO cell phone service once you begin your journey.

The Mountain Loop Highway

Have you ever gone so far into the mountains that you’ve lost cell reception? That you’ve paused outside your car, in a state of wonder in the midst of a wilderness? In the quiet of the foggy evergreens, you hear… nothing. By the river’s edge, the white noise washes the city from your mind and soul. From the fire lookout, the lights of civilization have perspective.

The Mountain Loop Highway is a real trip “out there”— a self-contained cycle, a circuit that takes you out to the wild woods before returning you to your urban origins. This is about as “far out” into the PNW wilderness as you can get on four wheels. A car camping dream spot. Expect to see breathtaking beauty.

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