posted Apr 18, 2013, 3:30 PM by Edith Farrell

The flash hike season is quickly coming upon us with the weather getting better and the tourism season upon us.

What are flash hikes?

Flash hikes were created by me two years ago while running the Tourism Information Center in downtown Granite Falls, Washington. Many people want to hike but not by themselves so the flash hikes give them an option of either hiking with me or knowing that others will be on the trail. If you find me on the trail you can ask me for historical info and just say "Hi".

Flash hikes consist of news alerts 24 to 48 hours before the hike is to take place. You are given the date, time and place to meet, and trail to be hiked. Interested in signing up for these notices.... sign up at with the subject line "Flash Hikes".

Some of the trails that might be included this year:

Big Four Ice Caves
Lake 22
Heather Lake
Goat Lake
Mt Pilchuck Lookout
Lake Kelcema
Independence Lake
Boulder River
Lime Kiln Trail
Old Robe Trail

Fundraising for Camp Silverton-Waldheim

posted Oct 8, 2012, 11:17 AM by Edith Farrell   [ updated Oct 8, 2012, 2:36 PM ]

Looking for a way to help the cause to save Camp Silverton-Waldheim? 


posted Oct 8, 2012, 11:12 AM by Randy Farrell

We have this posted as a link from the MLTB 2012 map on the home page and are very appreciative of the kind works and opportunity to speak about the future!


posted May 17, 2012, 10:00 AM by Randy Farrell

We have just been informed that the Mountain Loop Highway in Snohomish County Washington will be reopened TODAY- May 17th, 2012.  Thanks go out to all the Snohomish County Road Maintenance Division Crews for keeping our county roads safe and clean.  Heather Noble reported this morning that by noon today the Mountain Loop Highway will be reopened and that the Arlington Road Crew Supervisor had sent out her crew this morning to open the gate at Deer Creek and remove any further debrief left on the roadway. Enjoy your summer and stop by the Tourism Information Center for updates and news on the LooP.  

Fund Raising & Planning for the 2012 Tourism Season

posted Apr 19, 2012, 9:57 PM by Randy Farrell   [ updated Apr 19, 2012, 9:58 PM ]

Now that we have completed the initial move in at the Tourism Information Center it's time to roll up the sleeves and get down to work preparing for this years tourism season.  With Bunco on the horizon for our fun raising this spring, come out and enjoy a night of fun and share a friendly evening helping the Mountain Loop Tourism Bureau.  We are committed to partnering with all our partners and supporters for this years tourism season around the loop.  

Stop on by the TIC located in downtown Granite Falls to become apart of this exciting effort!!!


posted Apr 4, 2012, 3:37 PM by Randy Farrell   [ updated Apr 9, 2012, 8:10 AM ]

A couple of days ago ~ On April Fools Day ~ NO JOKE!!! We have a new location in Granite Falls for the Tourism Information Center. 

101 E. Stanley St Suite B (on the corner of the red flashing light @ the four way stop in downtown)

Your help and support is needed as we continue to support and evolve the tourism efforts within the city of Granite Falls. Please stop by and visit the next time your in town and let us know your interest and ability to support, sponsor, contribute, donate and breathe life into promoting our natural landscapes... After all, we are one of the Gateway cities for the Mountain Loop...

Come play in our backyard and stop by Granite Falls when you're in the area ~ We appreciate your support and patronage of our local businesses. Experience life in our small quaint and charming community for a day, a trip or the rest of your visit...

Ahhh the Mountain Loop of Snohomish County, Wa ~ who could ask for anything more!!! Enjoy !

Artistic Appreciation ~ MLTB Logo

posted Jul 20, 2011, 4:20 PM by Randy Farrell

We at the Mountain Loop Tourism Bureau recently featured the AAA of Washington Driving Tour of the Mountain Loop in the June/July edition of the Walkee Talkee Times Newsletter.  The document and logo were created by John King, Travel Research Coordinator  for AAA Washington a few years ago and features the Mountain Loop as a destination and scenic byway.  Our primary goal and purpose as the Mountain Loop Tourism Bureau is greatly enhanced with John's willingness to allow us to utilize his artistic rendering of the mountain loop as our logo and branding image.  Thank you John and stop on by the next time you're in the area and visit us at the Tourism Information Center located at 108 W. Stanley Street in Granite Falls or on the Loop at Paca Pride Guest Ranch. 

Silverton Bake Sale ~ June 25th beginning @ 8am

posted Jun 17, 2011, 5:51 PM by Randy Farrell

Thanks for the info Jim ... Bake Sale in Silverton on the Mtn Loop Hwy: we are having our annual Silverton Bake Sale on the Saturday of June 25th from 8am till late afternoon. If you want to take a nice drive for the day, head out and check out the festivities in Granite Falls for their Mtn Loop Experience (Carnival) days then head down the Mtn Loop Hwy and see all the beautiful scenery of the Stillaguamish River and National Forest then stop at the little hamlet of Silverton for our Bake Sale of fresh homemade goodies !! Silverton is a small community along the Stillaguamish River with some really nice mtn views and river views about 25 miles outside of Granite Falls on the Mountain Loop Hwy, stop by and see us on Saturday the 25th of June.

Check out the June/July Walkee Talkee Times Newsletter for other activities Around the Loop 


posted May 11, 2011, 5:11 AM by Randy Farrell   [ updated May 11, 2011, 3:03 PM ]

Welcome All ~ This will be the depository for all previous distributed Walkee Talkee Times editions ~ Thx

We've Cut The Ribbon - Stop by and stay "... In the Loop ..."

posted Apr 3, 2011, 9:09 PM by Randy Farrell   [ updated Apr 3, 2011, 11:05 PM ]

 Yes, it's official, we cut the ribbon this weekend with members from the community of Granite Falls.  The Mountain Loop Tourism Bureau President Edith Farrell, Granite Falls City Council Member Elizabeth Adams and Chamber of Commerce President Jim Kapelke shared in the festivities with some borrowed "Ribbon Cutting Scissors" from Wendy Becker of the Snohomish County Economic & Cultural Development Office.

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