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Cussed Hollow

Southwest Washington > Lewis River Region
46.1731, -121.9257 Map & Directions
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
600 feet
Highest Point
3,400 feet
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Grouse Photo by Scott Cadman
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Old growth
  • Wildlife
  • Rivers

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Northwest Forest Pass

Trekking quietly is easy on this gentle woodland trail, allowing you to take advantage of prime wildlife spotting. Continue reading

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Hiking Cussed Hollow

Nestled in the forests in the upper Cussed Hollow Valley, this lower elevation hike thaws more quickly than some of the other trails in the area, attracting ground-foraging wildlife such as the forest grouse and their prey.

Grouse are present in 34 of Washington’s 39 counties. The western slope of the Cascades is home to the sooty blue grouse. Males have blue-gray feathers, complemented by orange and white accents. Females are smaller and less flashy, mildly decorated with brown and gray coloring. To spot one, tread softly and listen for a “whoomp!” calling sound. Look for areas of disturbed soil and stray feathers where the birds are known for “graveling.”

You may not be the only one camping out for grouse-gatherings. The brush offers good coverage for sneaky bobcats, who crouch and watch their prey before pouncing on the chicken-sized birds. While bobcats are reclusive by nature and mostly quiet, when they do make noise, it can be rather upsetting if you don’t know what to expect. A noisy bobcat often sounds like a woman screaming or a baby crying.

Ready for some wildlife spotting? Set out on the woodland trail, crossing over and around several tributaries on their way to Cussed Hollow Creek. Steadily descend into Cussed Hollow through western white pine, Douglas fir, and Silver fir trees before turning uphill around 1 mile. Pop out around the ridge at 2.5 miles. This is a good spot to turn back the way you came, straining your ears above the babbling brooks for the calls of the wild.

Hike Description Written by
Brittany Manwill, WTA Correspondent

Cussed Hollow

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Co-ordinates: 46.1731, -121.9257 Open in Google Maps

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Northwest Forest Pass

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Getting There

From Cougar, drive about 30 miles east on Forest Road 90 to the Lewis River Campground and the junction with FR 93. Turn left (north) and continue 18.8 miles to the trailhead on the right.

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Southwest Washington > Lewis River Region

Cussed Hollow (#19)

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mount Adams Ranger District

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South Cascades

Green Trails No. 365 Lone Butte

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