Hike the somewhat challenging trails, mostly through old-growth forest, from deep in the American River Canyon to picturesque Dewey Lakes. Bunchberries and vanilla leaf line this part of the trail, as do several ant piles. Soon the course bears to the southwest and crosses a small stream. The route follows the roadbed, heading southwest, quickly crossing another creek. Soon after crossing a broken-down bridge, there is a wet meadow on your right.
The trail continues to wind its way on up through the Alaska cedars and firs to another drier meadow, which is on your left, at 4, 900 feet elevation. Lupine, phlox, and hellebore dominate this meadow. Above the meadow the sometimes muddy route soon crosses a small stream. Just after crossing the stream, there will be a short path to your left. This path leads to a viewpoint with a view of a pretty, little waterfall. There are actually several waterfalls in this creek, which is the outlet stream of Dewey Lake.
Cougar Valley, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 17.8