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Purcell Mountain Trail

South Cascades > White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley
46.5334, -121.8384 Map & Directions
Length
16.2 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
4542 feet
Highest Point
5442 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard
Take a steep climb on the wild Purcell Mountain Trail. Photo by Kevin C. Full-size image
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Northwest Forest Pass

Take a steep climb through a timber harvest area on the Purcell Mountain Trail. Take a steep climb through a timber harvest area on the Purcell Mountain Trail. This is the longer and more challenging route to Purcell Lookout. If you want a shorter outing, check out the Purcell Lookout entry. Be sure to watch your step, as mountain beavers have been known to dig tunnels in the area and creating hazards for stock animals. Continue reading

Rating
3.00 out of 5

Hiking Purcell Mountain Trail

Take a steep climb through a timber harvest area on the Purcell Mountain Trail. This is the longer and more challenging route to Purcell Lookout. If you want a shorter outing, check out the Purcell Lookout entry. 

If it's a workout you're after, start from this lower trailhead, and make your way to the summit of Purcell Mountain, the site of a former fire lookout.

Be sure to watch your step, as mountain beavers have been known to dig tunnels in the area and creating hazards for stock animals.

Hike Description Written by
Claudia Lopez, WTA Community

Purcell Mountain Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.5334, -121.8384 Open in Google Maps

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Northwest Forest Pass

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Trailhead

South Cascades > White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

Purcell Mountain (#284)

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Cowlitz Valley Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: South Cascades (Nelson - Mountaineers Books)

Buy the Green Trails Randle No. 301 map

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Purcell Mountain Trail

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