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Trapper Creek

Southwest Washington > Lewis River Region
45.8817, -121.9836 Map & Directions
Length
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
3000 feet
Highest Point
4607 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard
Trapper Creek. Photo by Dean.
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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. Continue reading

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Hiking Trapper Creek

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.

WTA worked here in 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2013!

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Trapper Creek

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 45.8817, -121.9836 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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.

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.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Southwest Washington > Lewis River Region

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

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mount Adams Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

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

Buy the Green Trails Wind River No. 397 map

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