Craggy Peak Trail

Cougar, Washington

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Climb to the semi-open slopes high above Blue Lake, then traverse the alpine country to a junction with the Boundary Trail just south of Craggy Peak. For a short distance the route passes through a forest of large, well-spaced hemlock and Douglas fir. Then you enter an old clear-cut, where huckleberry bushes grow between the small trees. The course parallels Wright Creek as you climb. Notice the pumice that nearly covers the tread in spots; it was once part of Mount St. Helens. The 1980 eruption spread pumice over a wide area. Watch for Roosevelt elk in this open area; you will probably see their tracks on the trail.
Hiking Washington's Goat Rocks Country

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Hiking Washington's Goat Rocks Country

by Fred Barstad (Falcon Guides)

Climb to the semi-open slopes high above Blue Lake, then traverse the alpine country to a junction with the Boundary Trail just south of Craggy Peak. For a short distance the route passes through a forest of large, well-spaced hemlock and Douglas fir.

Then you enter an old clear-cut, where huckleberry bushes grow between the small trees. The course parallels Wright Creek as you climb. Notice the pumice that nearly covers the tread in spots; it was once part of Mount St. Helens. The 1980 eruption spread pumice over a wide area. Watch for Roosevelt elk in this open area; you will probably see their tracks on the trail.

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

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Cougar
Distance: 10.6
Elevation Gain: 1,800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: Mid-July through September
Trailhead Elevation: 3,500 feet
Top Elevation: 5,300 feet
Local Maps: USGS Spencer Butte, Quartz Creek Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Craggy Peak Trail

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