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Posted By: happyhopers
- Sun Jul 07 20:15:51 UTC 2013
UpsideBeautiful old trees, nice flat hike, easily reached by car if starting at the Sumallo Grove side. There are also two bear lockers at the camp for food storage and there was one picnic table there. CommentWe just hiked into DeLacy to do a practice run with the backpacks. We missed the rhododendrons but didn't miss the mosquitoes. We enjoyed a quiet night, we didn't see anyone on the trail once we crossed the bridge out of Sumallo Grove. It was perfect to do a trail backpacking run. We got to to campsite in just under an hour and enjoyed a breathtaking dip into the Skagit to cool down. The trail looks like it is in the process of being brushed out, there were lots of bucked up trees along the trail and on the way into the camp the brush had been trimmed back.
Posted By: vpigeon
- Thu Jun 30 04:18:18 UTC 2011
UpsideBeautful trail, only 400 m. ascent over 15 kms. DownsideA few flooded areas in late June 2011, requiring a bit of tiptoeing. Mosquitoes along the south 1/2 of the trail CommentThis is a 15 km trail that is best done with 2 groups, 1 parking at Sumallo Grove day use area along Hway 3, the other at the south end, near the 26 Mile Bridge day use area on Skagit River Road.
Access to the north end is off Hway 3, as indicated in Directions above.
Access to the south end is from Exit 168, Trans Canada Highway, also known as Flood-Hope Road. Then, turn south on Silver Skagit Road and drive south 40 kms to 26 Mile Bridge (gravel road, but in very good condition). There is a day use area where you can park, but I suggest you drive across the bridge over the Skagit River another 500 m or so south to the trailhead (on left side of the road, marked with a sign, has some parking).
Trail is 15 kms, with main ascent and descent approx 2 kms north of south TH. Just south of this hill is a rhododendron grove over approx 300 m. In bloom and spectacular in June.
The 2 groups can exchange car keys when they meet for lunch approx 1/2 way. Have a contingency plan in case 1 group can't make it (eg, flooded areas, injuries, etc... the group turning back should leave a clear note informing the other group they have turned back, or have other means of communication).
Just south of the Delacey campground, there is a trail leading east approx 600-700 m uphill to another rhododendron patch (see GPS data). However, in light of the effort to get to it and the small size of the patch, it is not really worthwhile if you'll go through the large patch near the south end.
Posted By: TMJ
- Thu May 26 05:29:42 UTC 2011
UpsideEasy Trail Beautiful scenery through the forest, and along the river
DownsideNo Campfires No fishing till June 1st & only catch and release Rhododendrons not blooming yet (21 May) CommentWe camped at Delacey camp, hiked in from the Skagit Road side at 26 Mile Bridge Day use area. The skagit river was incredibly high this last weekend, no blooming Rhododendrons, just starting to bud. Didn't see any wildlife, other than the small mammals. We wondered around the next day and hiked up to Sumallo Grove, and checked out the old mine and campsite very cool. A must see on the trip!
Posted By: jearsy
- Sat Jun 05 18:23:24 UTC 2010
UpsideVery very easy and short DownsideThere really isn't that many interesting views except being along the river. CommentI have done this trial once and it was alright, if I have a whole bunch of young hikers then I would take them to this trial but with the main group we usually go else where.
Posted By: Hopehiker
- Sun Jun 14 20:38:00 UTC 2009
UpsideNo bears at all DownsideWe got caught in 2 different thunder cells, rained like crazy, and had just been suntanning by the river. Campfires would be nice. CommentTrail is well maintained, the spot to be picked up is @ 41.5km from the lights at Silver Skagit road, and is just south of 26 mile day use area.
Posted By: bigbadbarry
- Fri Jun 10 04:50:13 UTC 2005
UpsideRhododendrons in June,close campsites, Beautiful river,good Road in from Silver Hope, lots of wildlife,BEARS! DownsideSteep areas, You really are out there so be prepared, BEARS! CommentThis is a truley Beautiful Hike,in June you will see a Rhododendron Grove that will knock your socks off!Lots of Bears, be Carefull and alert. The Trail half way to Manning Park is Pretty wild but good, be carefull around steep areas, access from Manning Park is easy to find, this is a long hike end to end but can be enjoyed even if you just hike to the Rhodo's.The area has lots of different vegitation and formations to see so pack a lunch and enjoy, Allways be Prepared when hiking in this area, it is pretty far out there!