Lewis River Trail

Cougar, Washington

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The pride of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest is a gorgeous riverside walk among old-growth firs and cedars, past pools and rapids of the blue-green, glacier-fed Lewis River. Swimming, fishing, and camping are other good options. And the elevation is so low, the trail is open all year.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

The pride of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest is a gorgeous riverside walk among old-growth firs and cedars, past pools and rapids of the blue-green, glacier-fed Lewis River. Swimming, fishing, and camping are other good options. And the elevation is so low, the trail is open all year.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Cougar
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: Year round
Trailhead Elevation: 250 feet
Top Elevation: 450 feet
Local Contacts: Gifford Pinchot National Forest; Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 365 Lone Butte; USFS Gifford Pinchot
Driving Directions: Directions to Lewis River Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

6/18/2006
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The river, falls and surrounding woods are beautiful. On a very nice Sunday afternoon it was also was not very crowded (probably due to the long drive from Portland - about 2 hours.) Two caveats: the road parallels the trail, which slightly detracts from the experience. Also, as of mid-June 2006, the trail between the middle and upper falls is washed out and closed. Until the trail is repaired, the only way to see the upper falls is to drive to them (not difficult, just not as fun as hiking to them.)



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