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Quartz Creek

South Cascades > Dark Divide
46.1827, -121.8489 Map & Directions
Length
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
500 feet
Highest Point
2500 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate
WTA Volunteers dwarfed by ancient Douglas-fir trees. Photo by Ryan Ojerio Full-size image
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Northwest Forest Pass

This diverse landscape of deep forested valleys and open ridges with beautiful meadows and breathtaking views will leave you hungry for more. Continue reading

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Hiking Quartz Creek

Cool and lush, the Quartz Creek corridor is blessed with old-growth, waterfalls, and maybe even solitude. The trail carries hikers into the southeast corner of the Dark Divide Roadless Area, one of Washington's truly special places.

A spectacular area for backpacking and day hiking, adventures can occasionally be blocked or brought up short by huge downed trees that make trails impassable, but the diverse landscape of deep forested valleys and open ridges with beautiful meadows and breathtaking views will leave you hungry for more.

Named for nineteenth-century gold prospector John Dark, the Dark Divide is the largest roadless area remaining in Washington, a 76,000-acre area west of Mount Adams in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

WTA has been engaged in protecting this area since 1996, and starting in 2011, has run work parties to make the area accessible and enjoyable for hikers. 

WTA worked here in 2018, 2013, 2012 and 2011!

Quartz Creek

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.1827, -121.8489 Open in Google Maps

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Northwest Forest Pass

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

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Trailhead

South Cascades > Dark Divide

Quartz Creek (#5)

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Cowlitz Valley Ranger District

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Quartz Creek

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