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Wright Meadow

South Cascades > Dark Divide
46.1657, -121.8720 Map & Directions
Length
8.7 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain
380 feet
Highest Point
2000 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash

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Northwest Forest Pass

Popular with hikers, mountain bikers and off-road vehicle users, this multi use trail climbs out of the Lewis River Valley into the forested hills above. Continue reading

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Hiking Wright Meadow

Popular with hikers, mountain bikers and off-road vehicle users, this multi use trail climbs out of the Lewis River Valley into the forested hills above.

Departing the trailhead, hike uphill through a mature forest for a mile, before linking up with with Cussed Hollow Trail about a mile from the trailhead. Passing this junction, continue on and cross the headwaters of Copper Creek via a bridge with a nearby campsite. Continuing on, you'll pass two tree plantations which are used for timber harvesting in the forest. Both plantations are before arriving at an intersection between the trail and Forest Road 93. 

To continue on, cross FR 93 and hike another mile to the intersection of Forest Road 9327- ­040 and Forest Road 9327. This is also the beginning of Craggy Peak Trail. Pass through this intersection, to Wright Meadows, where elk can often be seen grazing.

While Wright Meadow is an excellent destination, you can continue on through the meadow, crossing Forest Road 9327 again before starting its descent to Clear Creek. A ford allows you to cross Clear Creek before ascending to a bench. The trail then drops to Elk Creek before climbing to Forest Road 2259-101.

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Wright Meadow

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.1657, -121.8720 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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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

Form Cougar, drive Forest Road 90 east for about 33 miles to the trailhead for Wright Meadows. Note that this trailhead requires advance reservations between June 15 and September 15. Get them at recreation.gov

More Hike Details

Trailhead

South Cascades > Dark Divide

Wright Meadows (#80)

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mount Adams Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: South Cascades (Nelson - Mountaineers Books)

Buy the Green Trail Lone Butte No. 365 map

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