Rat Trap Pass

Crossing Barlow Pass

Crossing Barlow Pass

Don’t you just love that name.  Can’t you just imagine a couple of grizzly old prospectors panning gold from the stream.  Or a lone trapper snowshoeing up through a frozen forest, on a frosty winter morning.  Yep, me too.

I waited as long as I could for the fog to lift this morning, but it was a slow burn.  About 0900 I decided it was time to roll and headed for Granite Falls, the gateway to the Mountain Loop Hwy.

My goal for the day was to motor up across Rat Trap Pass, and then come down into the Suiattle River valley, and pop into the town of Darrington.  Thus forming a loop consisting of about 150 miles overall and 50-60 miles of Forest Service roads.

So, here are some photos:

White Chuck River valley

White Chuck River valley

White Chuck Mountain

White Chuck Mountain

Crossing the White Chuck River

Crossing the White Chuck River

FS Road 23

FS Road 23

FS Road 27 The Back Side of White Chuck

FS Road 27 The Back Side of White Chuck

Rat Trap Falls

Rat Trap Falls

Crossing the Suiattle River

Crossing the Suiattle River

Returning to the "known world"

Returning to the “known world”

Lunch Time on the Sauk River

Lunch Time on the Sauk River

About mid afternoon I crossed the Sauk River on the metal grated bridge, and pulled off for some lunch.  I was surprised by how cold it had been up in the mountains and I was glad to find a sunny spot to warm up a bit.  Even though its still August and the middle of summer… I better start packing an extra layer of fleece.  Well, I guess heated grips just went to the top of my WR250R wish list 🙂           Kat

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About Jeff Katzer

Welcome friends. I'm a cyclist, hiker, motorbike rider, kayaker, photographer, videographer, ukulele player, snowshoer, XC skier, and BEST of all - a grandpa. Somewhere in that list above you'll find the theme of the Adventure Journal.
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3 Responses to Rat Trap Pass

  1. Tim Bowman says:

    Another nice report!! That’s a favorite area for me. FS17 is another nice road in the area.

  2. Bruce Bosman says:

    Thanks for the great story and photos.

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