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Winter Snowshoe Program at Verlot-Big Four

Winter Snowshoe Program at Verlot-Big Four

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Please note: Given the low elevation and uncertain snow conditions, registration for these trips will not begin until Thursday January 19. Available dates will be February 5, 11, 18, 19, and 26; March 4 and 5. If you have questions, please call the Darrington Ranger Station at 360-436-1155.

For more information about the program, or to cancel or make changes to an existing reservation, please contact Matt Riggen at: USForestService_VerlotBigFour (at) discovernw.org
360-436-1155

This winter trek follows the route of the former Everett and Monte Cristo railway as it winds its way up the South Fork Stillaguamish River. We will make a number of stops along the way to discuss who lives in this valley in the winter and how they manage to do it, from Golden-crowned Kinglets to beavers to humans. Our turnaround point is the site of the former Big 4 Inn where we will have lunch at the picnic shelter and possibly get a glimpse of the 4,000 foot vertical face of Big 4 Mountain.

Meet at the Verlot Public Service Center, 11 miles east of Granite Falls on the Mountain Loop Highway, for orientation. We will then carpool up the Mt. Loop Highway to Deer Creek to begin the four-mile, approximately five hour (including lunch stop) round-trip snowshoe hike.

Participants should be age 16 or older and in good shape. This is a good trip for those who have never used snowshoes before or anyone interested in learning about the ecology and history of this low elevation winter wonderland. Snowshoes are provided. For more information call Matt Riggen at the Darrington Ranger District 360-436-2333 or email mriggen@fs.fed.us.

What you'll need to bring:

  • Gear and clothing: Waterproof pants and jacket (breathable is preferred), hat, sunglasses and gloves. Clothing layers beginning with a base layer made of silk, wool, or a synthetic fabric (no cotton!). A backpack for carrying an extra layer of cloths, water, food, etc.
  • Water: More than you'd think, snowshoeing makes you thirsty! Something warm in a thermos is nice too.
  • Footwear: Sturdy waterproof boots with ankle support.
  • Lunch/Snacks: High energy snacks, we'll break for lunch.
  • Optional: Camera, GPS, map, binoculars, poles, extra shoes and socks to change in to for the ride home.

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Reviewer: Sarah Hanchar (Seattle, WA)
Date: 2-11-2017

This hike was outstanding! Our guides (Matthew, Narissa, and Cindy) were knowledgeable, helpful, and fun! They gave us a lot of interesting facts about the area and were a pleasure to speak with. (Cindy showed me the best way to secure my snowshoes after I had accidentally kicked one off my foot. Whoops!) The trek itself was lovely. I'm a snowshoe novice (and not terribly fit) and was able to handle the journey well. We stopped frequently to listen to the guides talk about the various points of interest. I used my trekking poles, but I don't think they were 100% necessary. I liked having them since I'm a klutz. Due to wonky weather we didn't get a crystal clear view of Big Four. Regardless, the surrounding nature was gorgeous and it was a wonderful experience. I highly recommend this trek!

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