Friday, June 15, 2007

Henry M. Jackson Wilderness Area

The Henry M. Jackson Wilderness is located adjacent to the southwest corner of the Glacier Peak Wilderness. This 102,673-acre area is northwest of Stevens Pass on Highway 2 and northeast of the town of Skykomish. The terrain is rugged, with steep slopes, and finger ridges dissected by small intermittent or permanent drainages. Streams in the northern portion of this area drain into the Sauk River, while the southern portion drains into the Skykomish River. Main features of this area include Cady Creek Ridge and Cady Creek. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail traverses the southern portion of the Wilderness. The area is rich in mining history with several acres of patented mining claims within its borders.

This area contains approximately 30 lakes which receive moderate fishing. Cross-Cascade Indian trails paralleled the Little Wenatchee River and provided routes for later exploring parties such as the 1860 E. F. Cady party for whom Cady Pass and Cady Creek were named.

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