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Nooksack Cirque

Intermediate

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4.3 mile 7.0 kilometer point to point
93% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 817' 249 m
Descent: -239' -73 m
High: 2,810' 856 m
Low: 2,150' 655 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 26% (14°)

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A gentle ramble through mature forest to the tumbling North Fork of the Nooksack.

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Features River/Creek · Views

Description

I think the gps track here is wrong. If you just follow the beaten path you can't get lost. Eventually you run into the banks of the river, which are covered with boulders, cobbles, and sand. If the water level is high that's as far as you can go unless you thrash your way through the bushes. If you do go further the trail becomes less obvious. At 4.2 miles the trail just quits at a boulder-strewn beach. Even in September the snow-melt water compels respect as it crashes through channels.

From the parking lot is a short, narrow steep trail going NE that takes you to a pretty gorge in Ruth Creek. The short, narrow steep trail going SW takes you to a long, narrow log across the creek that takes you to the trail, where you'll find the trail register.

Flora & Fauna

Mostly fir, hemlock, and cedar trees and water-loving shrubs. Part of the trail is on an abandoned logging rail path where alders predominate.

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Gorge in Ruth Creek near parking area.
Sep 8, 2017 near Peacefu…, WA
Dense forest enriched by generous moisture.
Sep 8, 2017 near Peacefu…, WA
The force of the river tears at the banks.
Sep 8, 2017 near Peacefu…, WA

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