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Trapper Creek

Southwest Washington


Southwest Washington -- Lewis River Region
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9.0 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 3000 ft.
Highest Point: 4607 ft.


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Northwest Forest Pass

This trail climbs from the trailhead on Forest Road 5401 through an old-growth forest to views of the many mountains of the South Cascades from Observation Peak.

Shortly after beginning your hike, the trail crosses the Dry Creek Trail. Continue straight on for about a mile, then arrive at the junction with the Observation Trail near the wilderness boundary.

Stay left, and continue hiking through old-growth forest, along babbling brooks in quiet forest for 5.1 miles to the summit of Observation Peak.

It's possible to make this hike a loop by following the Observation Peak trail around the summit of the peak and back down the way you came, rejoining the Trapper Creek Trail a mile from the trailhead.

If you opt to do this, your total mileage will be 10.5 miles.


Trapper Creek

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 45.8817, -121.9836 Open map in new window


Southwest Washington -- Lewis River Region

Trapper Creek (#192.2), Trapper Creek (#192)

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mount Adams Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Columbia River Gorge (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

Buy the Green Trails Wind River No. 397 map

Getting There

From Carson, follow the Wind River Road north for about 13.5 miles. Make a left on Mineral Springs Road (FR-3065). Take the next right onto FR-5401 and follow it for about a half mile to the trailhead.

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Northwest Forest Pass

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