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A word of warning: Bring lots of water. This trail challenges hikers right from the start as it begins with a descent and ends with a climb. The route climbs steadily and steeply for the first two-thirds of its length before moderating into a gentle roll along the ridge. But for all the sweat you pump out, all the calories you burn, you'll earn great rewards. Fabulous wildflower fields, stunning scenery, glorious views await you, as you cross one old fire lookout site.

Head out onto the trail as it descends gradually through old, dense forest. At about 1.1 miles, turn left at the trail junction to drop to the banks of Siouxon Creek at 1.3 miles. The trail crosses the creek on a rustic old bridge and starts a long, steep climb along Huffman Ridge. The trail is the one used by the attendants of the old fire lookout station atop Huffman Peak, and as such, it heads straight for the top (the thinking being, the fire watchers should be get-ting to their posts as quickly and in as direct a manner as possible).

The trail climbs for nearly 4.5 miles from the river, ascending through forest with only occasional views out over the South Cascades, before rolling up to the high, windswept summit of Huffman Peak, elevation 4106 feet. Enjoy sweeping views in all directions here, and if you have pushed yourself too hard, take plenty of time to rest and soak in the views before you turn around for home.
Driving Directions:

From Interstate 5, turn east at Woodland onto State Route 503 and drive about 23 miles, heading south on SR 503 to Chelatchie. Turn left (east) at the country store onto NE Healy Road, which soon becomes Forest Road 54. Drive 9 miles on the road and turn left onto FR 57, then in 1.25 miles, turn left onto FR 5701. In less than 1 mile, the road switches back sharply to the right. As you drive out of this corner, look for the trailhead on the left (north) side of the road.

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Huffman Peak #129 — Jun 20, 2008 — Dan Arthurs
Day hike
Issues: Bridge out
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The book I am using right now (Day Hikes in the South Cascades/Nelson) indicated that there was a fo...

The book I am using right now (Day Hikes in the South Cascades/Nelson) indicated that there was a foot bridge across the Siouxon Creek (RIVER!) on the way to Huffman Peak on this trail. No longer a 'Creek' at this time -- i saw no evidence of a bridge and was forced to turn around after going up and down the stream. It must have been 70-100 feet wide (and about 1-2 feet deep as well) where i could get to it easily.

I started at the Horse staging area at the first part of 5701 and the trail was in okay shape -- just steep down to the creek.

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Location
Huffman Peak (#129)
South Cascades -- Mount Adams
Mt Adams Ranger District
Statistics
Roundtrip 12.0 miles
Elevation Gain 2400 ft
Highest Point 4106 ft
Features
Mountain views
Summits
User info
Northwest Forest Pass required
Guidebooks & Maps
South Cascades
USFS Mount Adams Ranger District
(509) 395-3400 / Northwest Forest Pass;

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