Pleasant Valley Lake Trail 958b

Cougar Valley, Washington

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Ford the clear, cold waters of the American River, then climb the challenging route, taking in the ever-increasing views, to the top of American Ridge and a junction with the American Ridge Trail. Beneath the trees on the forest floor, vanilla leaf grows in profusion between scattered Oregon grape and trilliums. A few fairy slipper orchids are also present. You will reach the American River 0. 4 mile from the trailhead. There is no bridge here, so to continue, the river must be forded. This ford can be very difficult and dangerous during periods of high water. Don’t make this ford if you are not sure of your party’s ability to do it safely. See the options below for an alternate route to Pleasant Valley Lake. reach the south side of the American River. Notice the willow bushes close to the river: Many of their branches have been chewed off by something with broad teeth. There are beavers that work the banks of the river.
Hiking Washington's William O. Douglas Wilderness

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Hiking Washington's William O. Douglas Wilderness

by Fred Barstad (Falcon Guides)

Ford the clear, cold waters of the American River, then climb the challenging route, taking in the ever-increasing views, to the top of American Ridge and a junction with the American Ridge Trail. Beneath the trees on the forest floor, vanilla leaf grows in profusion between scattered Oregon grape and trilliums. A few fairy slipper orchids are also present. You will reach the American River 0. 4 mile from the trailhead. There is no bridge here, so to continue, the river must be forded. This ford can be very difficult and dangerous during periods of high water.

Don’t make this ford if you are not sure of your party’s ability to do it safely. See the options below for an alternate route to Pleasant Valley Lake. reach the south side of the American River. Notice the willow bushes close to the river: Many of their branches have been chewed off by something with broad teeth. There are beavers that work the banks of the river.

©  Fred Barstad/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cougar Valley
Distance: 7.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Best months: June–October to Pleasant Valley Lake, July–September to American Ridge Trail.
Local Maps: USDA Forest Service William O. Douglas and Norse Peak Wilderness or Goose Prairie USGS quad.
Driving Directions: Directions to Pleasant Valley Lake Trail 958b

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