Miners Ridge, Image Lake & Plummer Mountain

A multi-day trip to the famed Image Lake area with a scramble of 7870-foot Plummer Mountain east of the lake. The approach along the Suiattle River is long but beautiful. It's 35 miles rounf trip with 6,400 feet of elevation gain.

getting there

Drive SR-530 north from Darrington or south from Rockport to the Sauk River bridge.  Turn east on the North Fork Sauk River Road (Forest Road 49) and drive to the Sloan Creek campground. Leave a vehicle here.  Then return to SR-530, turn right and continue north to the Suiattle River Road (Forest Road 26).  Turn on Suiattle River road and drive  23 miles to the road's end and the trailhead (1,600 ft).

approach & ascent

Hike the Suiattle River Trail in the river valley for ~8 miles at low elevation before beginning a steep climb on trail toward Miners Ridge. Reach the ridge is reached at ~6,000 ft elevation, and continue east to Image Lake and good camping. From the lake, head east, ascedning the west ridge of  Plummer Mountain. There are usually snowfields well into summer.

  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking, Scrambling
  • Seasons: May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Strenuous, Snow Scramble, Strenuous 4, Technical 2
  • Length: 35.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 6,400 ft
  • 7,870 ft
  • Green Trails Mountain Loop Highway No. 111SX
  • Green Trails Glacier Peak No. 112
  • Green Trails Holden No. 113
  • USGS Lime Mountain
  • USGS Gamma Peak
  • USGS Suiattle Pass
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