Soda Springs Loop Trails 975 and 975a

Goose Prairie, Washington

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Climb high on the slope of the Bumping River Canyon, then descend to Soda Springs. Western red cedar, grand fir, Engelmann spruce, and ponderosa pine make up the forest canopy along the riverbank. Beneath the tall trees grow wild rose and Oregon grape, and on the ground vanilla leaf grabs the open spaces. If you watch the river carefully, you may see a dipper. Head east from the parking area, crossing the footbridge over the sparkling Bumping River. Most people take a minute in the middle of the bridge to gaze up- and downriver. Just past the bridge is a trail junction and a wilderness registration box; get your wilderness permit here. To make the loop, turn right at the junction on Trail 975 and head upriver. Western red cedar, grand fir, Engelmann spruce, and ponderosa pine make up the forest canopy along the riverbank. Beneath the tall trees grow wild rose and Oregon grape,
Hiking Washington's William O. Douglas Wilderness

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Hiking Washington's William O. Douglas Wilderness

by Fred Barstad (Falcon Guides)

Climb high on the slope of the Bumping River Canyon, then descend to Soda Springs. Western red cedar, grand fir, Engelmann spruce, and ponderosa pine make up the forest canopy along the riverbank. Beneath the tall trees grow wild rose and Oregon grape, and on the ground vanilla leaf grabs the open spaces. If you watch the river carefully, you may see a dipper.

Head east from the parking area, crossing the footbridge over the sparkling Bumping River. Most people take a minute in the middle of the bridge to gaze up- and downriver. Just past the bridge is a trail junction and a wilderness registration box;
get your wilderness permit here. To make the loop, turn right at the junction on Trail 975 and head upriver. Western red cedar, grand fir, Engelmann spruce, and ponderosa pine make up the forest canopy along the riverbank. Beneath the tall trees grow wild rose and Oregon grape,

©  Fred Barstad/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Goose Prairie
Distance: 2.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2 hour
Season: Best months: May–October.
Local Maps: The USDA Forest Service William O. Douglas and Norse Peak Wilderness map shows these trails correctly but the scale is quite small. Old Scab Mountain USGS quad covers the area but shows these trails somewhat incorrectly.
Driving Directions: Directions to Soda Springs Loop Trails 975 and 975a

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