This rugged trail in the Dark Divide is part of a large network of trails that offer miles of wandering in the forests between Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams.
Dark Meadow Trail begins on Forest Road 23, then crosses East Canyon Creek. It passes through Douglas fir and Western Hemlock, before crossing Dark Creek (at mile 1.5), and climbing steeply toward the Dark Meadows area and Juniper Ridge Trail.
History of the Area: This trail is named after John Dark (who is also the namesake for the area in general, known as the Dark Divide). in 1985, Dark built a cabin in these meadows while prospecting here. Geologically speaking, this is a fascinating area. Take a look at the huge boulders in Dark Creek as you're hiking. They were deposited by melting glaciers.