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Quartz Creek

South Cascades


South Cascades -- Dark Divide
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8.0 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 2500 ft.


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WTA worked here: 2018

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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. 


Quartz Creek

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Co-ordinates: 46.1827, -121.8489 Open map in new window


South Cascades -- Dark Divide

Quartz Creek (#5)

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Cowlitz Valley Ranger District

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