By John King
Along the way, you will travel at spots below sea level and over passes surrounded by stunning snow-clad peaks. All of this is within the boundary of Snohomish County.
Keep in mind that the route includes a stretch of gravel roadway on The Mountain Loop Highway, and the condition of unpaved section depends on how recently it has been graded and maintained. The upper portion of the Mountain Loop between Silverton and Darrington is closed in winter, usually from late November or December into March or April, depending on winter snows. Expect to the tour to take more than three hours for the drive alone.
See historic landmarks and lumber centers or escape to a remote island on your way to the “Gateway to the Mountain Loop.”
This must-drive road is designed as a National Scenic Byway. Make time for hiking and exploring small towns along the way.
The road passes almost-forgotten hamlets, former stations on the now-abandoned railway and more.