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Darrington is nestled at the base of the rugged North Cascade Mountains and is encircled and protected by mountain barriers. Towering in the background toward the southwest is Whitehorse Mountain at an elevation of 6,563 feet. And southeast of Darrington is Glacier Peak at an elevation of 10,541 feet, the highest point in Snohomish County and one of the Cascade Volcanoes.
This picturesque community of 1,300 residents was first established as a night camp for the wagon route linking the Monte Cristo mines to the Puget Sound area. The Sauk and Suiattle tribes populated the area until the arrival of white miners in search of gold and silver in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
But the commercial value of mining eventually was overshadowed by the profits to be made from logging, and it was loggers of Swedish, Irish, Welsh, and Norwegian decent, and a large contingent of loggers from North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee, that founded the community.
Presently, Darrington is an outdoor enthusiast's haven with hundreds of miles of hiking trails, whitewater rafting plus fishing in the Sauk and Suiattle Rivers along with Bald Eagle watching in the fall. The Whitehorse Amphitheater is home to music festivals including STRUTZFEST, Summer Meltdown and the Bluegrass Festival. Whatever your favorite activity is, you will be sure to find it in Darrington.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Darrington: Mining Town/Timber Town by Elizabeth S. Poehlman. This is a well researched story and history of the town Darrington from the Indian days to the pioneer community. Included in this book are first-hand recollections and a rare selection of historic photographs. Order now...
Our Washington by George Ostertag and Rhonda Ostertag. This book of photographs highlights every aspect of Washington's beauty including the mountains, lush rainforests, the frontier heritage as well as the urban Seattle and Spokane. Learn about the geography, history and culture. Order now...
Wild Roads Washington: 80 Scenic Drives to Camping, Hiking Trails, and Adventures by Seabury Blair Jr. This adventure guidebook details the forest roads of Washington with information on hikes off each route as well as driving routes that provide scenic vistas almost as good as those reached by foot. Order now...
Day & Section Hikes Pacific Crest Trail: Washington by Adrienne Schaefer. This pocket guide details the best segments of the Pacific Crest Trail to hike in Washington State, from the Columbia River to the North Cascades. Maps, elevation graphs, culture and history are also included. Order now...
Hidden Washington: Including Seattle, Puget Sound, San Juan Islands, Olympic Peninsula, Cascades and Columbia River Gorge (Hidden Travel) by Eric Lucas. This author gets to know each community by going from neighborhood to neighborhood. This book will take you to all the great spots while describing both the famous attractions and hidden favorites. Order now...
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