Day Hike - Heybrook Ridge


Day Hike - Heybrook Ridge

This is a traverse hike with car shuttle. Our hike will start at the Heybrook Ridge Trailhead, and end 2 miles east at the intersection of NF Road 210 and Index-Galena Road. This is a beautiful hike that will take us past Heybrook Lookout, with views of Philadelphia, Index, Baring, Merchant and Gunn when the skies are clear. We'll hike as far as the burn area to witness the devastating and haunting aftermath of the 2022 Bolt Creek Fire.

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,500 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 to 2 mph

Meeting Location/Time: In the town of Index at Doolittle Pioneer Park at 8 am, ready to set up car shuttle.

Please note: The meeting location is NOT the start or end location (this is to avoid a mix up, which can happen with no cell service at the end location). From Doolittle Pioneer Park, we'll set up the car shuttle.

Parking Pass: None (according to WTA).

Toilets: None at the trailhead. There is a public restroom and cell service at Doolittle Pioneer Park.

Please do not sign up for this hike if you want to hike faster than 2 mph. 

Map of route:

Description of Hike: We'll take the Heybrook Ridge Trail to the Bridal Falls Viewpoint (1.66 miles, 800 feet elevation gain). From there, we'll head east ~1 mile to a junction with the Heybrook Lookout Trail. This section is mostly flat and almost entirely under power lines. We'll then hike 0.3 miles (600 feet elevation gain) to the Heybrook Lookout. After a short rest, we'll continue eastward 1.5 miles to the burn area caused by the 2022 Bolt Creek Fire. On our return, we'll come down NF Road 210 and cross beautiful Lewis Creek to the end point of our traverse.

Rain: Rain or shine, the hike is on!

Water: Bring water, as there are no convenient spots along the trail to refill.


Heybrook Lookout & Ridge

  • USGS Baring

    USGS Index

    Green Trails Index No. 142

    Green Trails Alpine Lakes West (Stevens Pass) No. 176S
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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