Just northwest of Darrington is the Finny Creek-Segelson Creek Sno-Park on Mt. Higgins. This 63 mile groomed winter recreation trail is designated for snowmobiling and takes you to beautiful Cumberland Pass to the west and Finney Creek to the east. To use this winter recreational trail a Sno-Park Permit is required.
Photo by Taylor Fisk
To get to this snowmobiling adventure from Darrington, drive west about five miles to Swede Heaven Road, then drive 1.5 miles to Forest Service road #18 where parking and the trailhead will greet you in approximately 1 mile.
To get to this snowmobiling adventure from Concrete, drive east on Hwy 20 southeast, to the Sauk-Valley Road, then to Forest Service Road #17. The elevation is 770 feet.
Mount Higgins in winter, photo by Gary Paull
Before You Go
• There are 30 parking spaces.
• For current information, call the Groomed Trails hotline at 1-800-233-0321 from September to March.
• Finney Creek Trail Map: http://www.parks.state.wa.us/DocumentCenter/Home/View/130.
• Segelsen Creek Trail Map: http://www.parks.state.wa.us/DocumentCenter/Home/View/186.
• Remember: snowmobiles are prohibited in congressionally designated wilderness areas.
Things to Know for Winter Recreation:
• Weather and road conditions can change.
• Be prepared for winter driving, limited sight distance and bumpy driving on all Forest Service roads.
• Carry the 10 essentials for all winter activities; see the list at www.snohomish.org/explore/hiking-camping-nature.
• Bring extra clothing, food, water, blankets, first aid kit, shovel, and tire chains.
• Let someone know your destination and expected day/time of return.
• Check the avalanche forecast at www.nwac.us.
• Never assume you can outrun an avalanche on skis or snowmobile.
• Carry avalanche rescue gear: a shovel, probe, and beacon.
• Check road conditions in the Cascades by calling 888-SNO-INFO.
• Sno-Park Permits are required from November through April 30, and are available beginning Nov. 1 at https://fortress.wa.gov/parks/ecomm/sno/dsnostp0.asp.
Make a weekend of snowmobiling and other winter fun!