HENRY M. JACKSON WILDERNESS
Mt. Baker -Snoqualmie National Forest
21905 64th Ave. West
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
Web site http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/mbs/
Wenatchee National Forest
P.O. Box 811
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Web site http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/wenatchee/
The Henry M. Jackson Wilderness, created by the 1984 Washington Wilderness Act, is located adjacent to the southwest corner of the Glacier Peak Wilderness. This 103,591-acre area is northwest of Stevens Pass on Highway 2 and northeast of the town of Skykomish. While this Wilderness straddles the Cascade Mountain Range most of it is in the westside ecotype. The vegetation includes cedars, Douglas-fir, true firs, spruce, western and mountain hemlock, and at higher elevations, alpine meadows.
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 Swak River, while the southern portion is drained by the Skykomish River. Main features of this are include Cady Creek ridge and Creek.
The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail traverses the south 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 pressure. 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 Creek were named.