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Wild Sky Wilderness

Posted on Jun 4, 2024 in Washington's Wilderness Areas

The 105,543-acre Wild Sky Wilderness within the Skykomish River valley is the newest addition to a 2.6 million-acre wilderness complex that runs along the North Cascade Range from Canada to Snoqualmie Pass.  Boasting rugged peaks, crystal-clear lakes, lush meadows, and old-growth forests with trees over 200 feet tall and around 300 years old, the Wild Sky Wilderness differs from Washington’s other wilderness areas in that approximately 30 percent protects low-elevation forests. 

In 2000, Washington Wild formed a coalition to protect this special place. With the support of Congressional champions Senator Patty Murray and Representative Rick Larsen (WA-02), after eight years of advocacy, President Bush signed into law the Wild Sky Wilderness Act, as part of the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008. Wild Sky’s designation marked the first new Wilderness designation in Washington State in more than 20 years.  

West Cady Ridge Trail  

Scorpion Mountain via Johnson Ridge Trail 

Barclay Lake Trail