Woods Creek Watchable Wildlife Loops

Randle, Washington

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Woods Creek and Old Growth Loops make a figure-eight hike through a diverse lowland forest. For seeing the largely nocturnal wildlife, very early-morning hikes are best. This is an excellent hike for small children and open to hikers only. The Woods Creek Loops’ elevation and rainfall are similar to those of the nearby Cedar Flats Nature Loop, but here the younger forest, growing on deep, moist organic soil, is mostly deciduous, while at Cedar Flats the older conifer woods grow from the mineral soil of an ancient lahar deposit. If time allows, it’s a real learning experience to walk both the Woods Creek Watchable Wildlife Loops and the Cedar Flats Nature Loop on the same trip. Flowers including three-leafed anemone (Anemone deltoidea) and western buttercup (Ranunculus occidentalis) grow in many places along the trail, but they are by no means the only ones. Take along a good plant and flower identification book to study the wide diversity of plants in the area.
A FalconGuide to Mount St. Helens

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A FalconGuide to Mount St. Helens

by Fred Barstad (Falcon Guides)

Woods Creek and Old Growth Loops make a figure-eight hike through a diverse lowland forest. For seeing the largely nocturnal wildlife, very early-morning hikes are best. This is an excellent hike for small children and open to hikers only. The Woods Creek Loops’ elevation and rainfall are similar to those of the nearby Cedar Flats Nature Loop, but here the younger forest, growing on deep, moist organic soil, is mostly deciduous, while at Cedar Flats the older conifer woods grow from the mineral soil of an ancient lahar deposit.

If time allows, it’s a real learning experience to walk both the Woods Creek Watchable Wildlife Loops and the Cedar Flats Nature Loop on the same trip. Flowers including three-leafed anemone (Anemone deltoidea) and western buttercup (Ranunculus occidentalis) grow in many places along the trail, but they are by no means the only ones. Take along a good plant and flower identification book to study the wide diversity of plants in the area.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Randle
Distance: 2.4
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: March through October
Trailhead Elevation: 1,140 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Driving Directions: Directions to Woods Creek Watchable Wildlife Loops

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