Trapper Creek Wilderness

Mount Saint Helens, Washington

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This is almost a secret hike. Most people have never heard of it, but everybody who goes there loves it. It’s quiet and woodsy, with lots of creeks, two waterfalls, great campsites, and—if you want to gain some elevation—a great view from Observation Peak. It's hard to say why so few people have heard of Trapper Creek. It's just over an hour from Portland, it's loaded with trails, and it couldn't be any prettier. If you're a fan of the forest, and especially if you don't mind climbing, this is the place to be. One section of the wilderness was actually set aside in the 1950s as a research area for old-growth pacific silver firs. And up on the ridge, there are huckleberries—the big, blue, juicy kind—everywhere.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland

by Paul Gerald (Menasha Ridge Press)

This is almost a secret hike. Most people have never heard of it, but everybody who goes there loves it. It’s quiet and woodsy, with lots of creeks, two waterfalls, great campsites, and—if you want to gain some elevation—a great view from Observation Peak.

It's hard to say why so few people have heard of Trapper Creek. It's just over an hour from Portland, it's loaded with trails, and it couldn't be any prettier. If you're a fan of the forest, and especially if you don't mind climbing, this is the place to be. One section of the wilderness was actually set aside in the 1950s as a research area for old-growth pacific silver firs. And up on the ridge, there are huckleberries—the big, blue, juicy kind—everywhere.

©  Paul Gerald/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mount Saint Helens
Distance: 14.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: 8 hours
Season: July–October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Trapper Creek Wilderness

Recent Trail Reviews

8/8/2010
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Virtually empty, serene trail, easy to reach from HWY 26. We didn't see another hiker until we reached the parking lot by the falls. It was about 10 degrees cooler than town, so a nice summer escape. The falls, though more crowded, weren't overwhelmingly packed. Loved seeing the old abandoned highway. No garbage or restrooms at the trailhead, fyi.



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