Seattle: Basalt Ridge Trail

This 8.6-mile ridgeline hike offers astounding views, two summit options, and a late-summer treat of wild huckleberries and wildflowers.
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This 8.6-mile ridgeline hike offers astounding views, two summit options, and a late-summer treat of wild huckleberries and wildflowers.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 7.0

Waypoints

BPT001

Location: 47.9785537719727, -120.726257324219

Trail climbs N from road

BPT002

Location: 47.9876174926758, -120.736663818359

Pass old growth Douglas firs; these trees are huge for this drier side of the Cascades. Douglas squirrels chatter above

BPT003

Location: 47.9884262084961, -120.739768981934

Go R onto well-signed Basalt Ridge Trail. Optional: Go L to tag Basalt Pk. for an extra 2.2- mile workout

BPT004

Location: 47.9895782470703, -120.738731384277

Straight @ 3-way; trail becomes faint. Ahead: Hunt for huckleberries

BPT005

Location: 47.9983291625977, -120.730049133301

Ridgeline walk through lodgepole pines, firs, and occasional cedar. Views W over Rock Creek Valley to big Glacier Pk.

BPT006

Location: 48.0040473937988, -120.730270385742

This pass is carpeted with blue gentian flowers in late summer. Continue N

BPT007

Location: 48.009407043457, -120.729568481445

Scope the volcanic slopes up Garland Pk.

BPT008

Location: 48.0129318237305, -120.731086730957

Tricky: Ignore heavily hiked trail that heads straight to lower meadows and campsites. Keep heading up the steep ridge

BPT009

Location: 48.0178527832031, -120.731109619141

Spectacular views into Glacier Peak Wilderness

BPT010

Location: 48.0221710205078, -120.726974487305

Turn R on obvious, but lesser-traveled trail

BPT011

Location: 48.0233535766602, -120.726791381836

Start counting: Devils Smokestake, Rampart and Entiat Mtns., Garland Pk., Glacier Pk., and more. Peakbaggers: It's about 1 mi. to Garland Pk. Backtrack to trailhead