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.
- 9.0 miles, roundtrip
- Elevation Gain
- 3,000 feet
- Highest Point
- 4,607 feet
Hiking Trapper Creek
Map & Directions
Co-ordinates: 45.8817, -121.9836 Open in Google Maps