Length: 11 miles, roundtrip
Elevation: 3200 feet[om_gmap zoom=”11″ lat=”48.046177” lng=”-121.473531” ]Getting there: From Seattle, head north on I-5 until you get to the Hwy 2 exit. Head east on Hwy 2 and then veer north toward Lake Stevens. In Lake Stevens, take a left (north) onto Hwy 9. Turn right (east) on WA-92 (Granite Falls Hwy). Continue east into Granite Falls. Head north on the Mountain Loop Hwy and drive approximately 27 miles to the Mt. Dickerman/Perry Creek trailhead. The parking lot is on the left.
Forgotten Meadow is a gem of a hike off of the Mountain Loop Highway. The newly cut bypass trail begins in the Mt. Dickerman trail parking lot, meandering for a little over a mile through the forest until reaching the old access road. From there, the trail gently climbs over moss covered rocks and boulder fields and at 2 miles, reaches Perry Creek Falls. Shortly after the falls, the trail crosses Perry Creek – a point that could be difficult in spring runoff. From there, the real fun begins.
The trail climbs 2000 feet in the next 2 miles. Our group gained the ridgeline and found a nice little lunchspot that was decidedly NOT meadowlike. The views were good and a nice little break was taken. We then continued along the ridge and discovered a beautiful alpine meadow, dusted with a recent light snowfall, and amazing views. Mt. Forgotten stood smiling down on us while Glacier Peak loomed in the distance. We spent quite a while just enjoying the views and good company until the drooping sun made us reluctantly head back to the cars. Total trip was about 11 miles round trip and ~3200 feet elevation.