Note: This hike requires a potentially dangerous ford of the Suiattle River due to a missing bridge. Because of its inaccessibility and a lack of maintenance, expect a brushy trail with blowdowns beyond this point.
For hikers willing to attempt a log crossing of a major river, start at the end of the Suiattle River Road near the Sulphur Creek Campground on the Suiattle River Trail. You will be following the northeast side of the river for 0.8 mile to the junction with the Milk Creek trail. Go right, crossing to the west side of the river here.
The bridge is currently out, so search for a safe crossing — in past years, hikers have used logs over the river, but these can be washed away in winter storms.
The Milk Creek trail pulls away from the Suiattle, ascending through deep old growth forest for the next two miles. At 3 miles and 2400 feet of elevation, the trail opens into a meadow with nice views of Glacier Peak. This makes a nice spot for a short day hike, and campsites can be claimed near the creek.
WTA Pro Tip: This trail also offers a terrific 35-mile backpacking loop, featuring stunning, close-up views of Glacier Peak, endless wildflower meadows and ample opportunities for solitude.