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Woods Creek

South Cascades > White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley
46.4623, -121.9601 Map & Directions
1.8 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
296 feet
Highest Point
1,135 feet
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Woods Creek Wildlife Area. Photo by denismenis. Full-size image
  • Old growth
  • Fall foliage

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Woods Creek #247 is a 1.5 mile, compact gravel, wheelchair accessible trail that loops through five habitat areas. You can extend this hike, by taking the 1-mile side trail, Old growth Loop #247A. Continue reading

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Hiking Woods Creek

The Woods Creek 2.5 mile trail loops through five habitat areas, offering hikers an opportunity to learn about wildlife and the habitat different species need.

This is a 4 feet wide, accessible trail with compacted gravel surfacing. Relatively flat, there are four very short sections where the grade reaches 8%. Trail guides are available at the trailhead and correspond to interpretive markers along the trail.

The trail passes through a mixed hardwood conifer forest and breaks into the bright openness of a meadow. From the meadow, the main trail crosses a bridge spanning the wetlands.

Just before the bridge, a side trail, 247a leads away to the east. This trail is a 1-mile loop through old-growth forest and large grassy meadows. For the best views of a beaver pond, cross the bridge and travel the loop in a counterclockwise direction. Benches are along this trail for resting and wildlife viewing.

Back on the main trail, you will enter a hardwood forest that is a burst of color in the fall with big-leaf maple, vine maple, and alder. You eventually cross back over Woods Creek and return to the parking area.

Bring insect repellent as the mosquitoes and flies can be nasty in the wetlands. Facilities include nine individual picnic sites, three charcoal grills and a restroom, all barrier-free.

Toilet Information

  • Toilet at trailhead
  • Accessible toilet

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Wheelchair Accessibility

Brush or downed trees affect this otherwise ADA-accessible trail seasonally. Check trip reports before heading out.

WTA worked here in 2017, 2016 and 2014!

Woods Creek

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 46.4623, -121.9601 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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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 Packwood, follow Hwy 12 west to Randle. At the stoplight turn south on SR 131 which becomes Forest Service Road 23/25. Cross the bridge just outside town, and bear right at the next fork in the road.

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South Cascades > White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

Woods Creek (#247)

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Cowlitz Valley Ranger District

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Woods Creek

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