Siouxon Creek Trail

OutAndBack • 3.5 mi • 300 ft

This low-level river hike, accessible when snow buries higher trails, will appeal to children for several reasons. Close enough to the creek in a number of places to dip in toes and sample the current, the trail is relatively wide and level after an initial drop. The moss-covered forest alongside the trail has a magical Emerald City feel, with trilliums, ferns, and four-leaf-clover-like oxalis. A number of waterfalls call out to be examined from above, beside, and below; one even has a possible campsite next to its plunge pool. This roadless forest, with its pockets of ancient trees, is rare natural regrowth from a historic 1902 fire that burned about 40,000 acres, the Yacolt Burn. Unfortunately, the regrown forest has been slated for harvest by the Forest Service under the principles of “New Forestry.” Harvest is harvest, no matter what the euphemism. Once gone, such a roadless forest cannot be regained; you and your children may be the last generations to enjoy these trees. Siouxon Creek has been proposed for Wild and Scenic River status, which will preserve the river bottom but not the forested hillside.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Woodland
Length: 3.5 total miles
Elevation Gain: 300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy for children
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: March to November
Trailhead Elevation: 1,550 feet
Top Elevation: 1,850 feet
Local Contacts: Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 396 Lookout Mountain; USFS Gifford Pinchot
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