John Guilford's Hikes
White Chuck (driving directions) on 2002-09-07
Location: White Chuck (driving directions)
People: (including myself): Pam
FS 24: 1:05 0 miles
Left fork: 4.5
FS 2430: 1:25 7.9
FS 24: 5:00
Sauk Prarie Rd: 5:26
It has been about 8 years since I'd been to the base of White Chuck, and
we went there for the blueberry picking. Thus there is no hike or climb
documented here. However, the approach info is useful.
We took a new approach in to White Chuck. This approach works for both the
classic Becky (Oak Creek) approach route and the northwest ridge approach
In the past we've driven south from Darrington to the White Chuck picnic
area, crossing the river, and heading back north on FS22 to FS24.
Instead of this, we went northeast of town to FS24 and went south on FS24
completely eliminating FS22. This seemed as fast if not faster than our
Coming into town on SR530, turn left at the T intersection as if you were
headed for the ranger station. Go north for a short distance, taking a right
on Sauk Prairie Road. This crosses the river and heads east.
Continue 2 miles until FS24 starts on your right (it is well marked).
After the first mile or so, you'll switchback up the hillside in two long
switchbacks. The road then continues relatively straight.
At about 4-1/2 miles, FS2420 branches off to the right. Take the left fork
which is the continuation of FS24. In another half mile you'll cross an
At 7.9 miles you reach the junction of FS2430. From here the previous
directions still hold, except for the change noted below:
In my writeup of
I mention a 4-way intersection. This
intersection is now gone. Instead the road only takes what used to be
the left branch of the intersection. The old extension of the road that
led to the start of the climb is blocked off by a series of berms and
ditches. At this point the current road turns left and passes a small
pull out area with a dirt berm (the first one blocking the road) at its back.
If you find the road going on a straight gradual decline (heading NW) then
you've gone too far.
All the roads were labeled where they started except for FS2437. At the
junction, FS2436 forks with the left fork being FS2437 and the right
fork continueing at FS2436. If you take the right fork, the road begins
to descend a bit and starts passing over a series of "speed bumps". These
were little hills of dirt across the full length of the road. We found that
our Accord would tend to bottom out a bit going over them. If you find these
you've taken the wrong fork.
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Last updated on: Mon Jun 8 16:50:16 PDT 2015