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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