Trapper Creek Trail

Carson, Washington

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Hike through the magnificent, low-elevation, old-growth forest of Trapper Creek Canyon. Fill out your wilderness permit and head north from the parking area. In a few yards you will come to a trail junction with the Dry Creek Trail 194. Turn left at the junction and hike west-northwest through the mixed-age forest of cedar, hemlock, and fir. If you are here in May, trilliums may be blooming beside the path. Yew bushes, vine maple, Oregon grape, and a few dogwood trees form the forest understory. Shortly, the tread begins to climb gently, gaining a little more than 100 feet in elevation before flattening out. Nine-tenths of a mile into the hike, just after passing the Trapper Creek Wilderness boundary, the well-maintained track reaches the junction with the Observation Trail 132. The Observation Trail to the right (north) climbs Howe Ridge to Observation Peak.
Hiking Washington's Mount Adams Country

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Hiking Washington's Mount Adams Country

by Fred Barstad (Falcon Guides)

Hike through the magnificent, low-elevation, old-growth forest of Trapper Creek Canyon.

Fill out your wilderness permit and head north from the parking area. In a few yards you will come to a trail junction with the Dry Creek Trail 194. Turn left at the junction and hike west-northwest through the mixed-age forest of cedar, hemlock, and fir. If you are here in May, trilliums may be blooming beside the path. Yew bushes, vine maple, Oregon grape, and a few dogwood trees form the forest understory.

Shortly, the tread begins to climb gently, gaining a little more than 100 feet in elevation before flattening out. Nine-tenths of a mile into the hike, just after passing the Trapper Creek Wilderness boundary, the well-maintained track reaches the junction with the Observation Trail 132. The Observation Trail to the right (north) climbs Howe Ridge to Observation Peak.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Carson
Distance: 15.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: May to Oct. (mid-June to Oct. at higher elevations)
Trailhead Elevation: 1,100 feet
Top Elevation: 3,800 feet
Local Contacts: Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Wind River Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Bare Mountain, Termination Point
Driving Directions: Directions to Trapper Creek Trail

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