Photo credit Charlie Duncan Photography
The Old Growth Reserve Trail is located in an area outside of Darrington called Sauk Prairie. Once Home to the Sauk Suiattle Tribe. To experience this hidden treasure is like traveling to a mythical land. The greenery is like no other.
First you will barely fit your vehicle off the side of the road alongside an unmarked path that leads you into a few, fairly flat, awe inspiring miles of ancient landscape. Only a couple of yards in and keeping to the right you are far from the modern world. The trees have been protected from logging and average from 150 to 600 years old.
A really neat find on this hike are “culturally modified” trees which means they have markings from when the Native Americans peeled at the bark of young trees for weaving baskets and other items. Below is a photo of one I found. You will see how the bark splits lengthwise.
Being on this trail is pure magic as your footsteps are being cushioned by lush, green moss the whole way. Reserves like this give perspective into what our area once looked like when the first settlers arrived. The natural spacing of trees and overall wildness is captivating. Come here to see the true artwork of nature.
Turn right off of Hwy 530 onto Sauk Prairie Road just before you arrive at the FS Station on the left. Go 1.3 miles on Sauk Prairie Rd. (telephone pole #21) there is a small parking area on the left. GPS-10 U0605737, UTM – 5346631, Elevation 354 ft.
*Thank you to Shari Brewer of Darrington, Wa for your information on this wonderful hike!