Speed Trail

Cougar, Washington

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A steep hike through lush temperate-zone rain forest, from Forest Road 90 to the banks of the rushing Lewis River. A loss of more than 600 feet elevation in slightly more than 1 mile makes the Speed Trail a fairly steep hike. From the trailhead, at 1,880 feet elevation, the path immediately starts its descent. A short distance into the hike, the tread makes a couple of switchbacks close to a frothing stream. As you descend through the large old-growth fir and cedar forest, moss hangs from the trees and covers the ground. Ferns grow in profusion in the dim light of the forest floor, and young trees sprout from the rotting logs.
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by Fred Barstad (Falcon Guides)

A steep hike through lush temperate-zone rain forest, from Forest Road 90 to the banks of the rushing Lewis River. A loss of more than 600 feet elevation in slightly more than 1 mile makes the Speed Trail a fairly steep hike.

From the trailhead, at 1,880 feet elevation, the path immediately starts its descent. A short distance into the hike, the tread makes a couple of switchbacks close to a frothing stream. As you descend through the large old-growth fir and cedar forest, moss hangs from the trees and covers the ground. Ferns grow in profusion in the dim light of the forest floor, and young trees sprout from the rotting logs.

© 2005 Fred Barstad/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Cougar
Distance: 2.4
Elevation Gain: 550 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: April through November
Trailhead Elevation: 1,800 feet
Top Elevation: 1,800 feet
Local Maps: USDA Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument map
Driving Directions: Directions to Speed Trail

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