Dark Meadow Trail

Tire Junction, Washington

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The poorly named Dark Meadow is one of the bright spots of the entire Dark Divide Roadless Area. The trail passes through deep old forest, ascending modestly to high meadow-rimmed ridgelines. As the trail ascends, the views begin to develop, and the thick fir forest thins and fades away entirely when the trail enters Dark Meadow near the ridge top. The stunning meadow is filled with wildflowers, panoramic vistas, and a wide variety of wildlife. The views encompass Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens, and Jumbo Peak just to the north.
Day Hiking: South Cascades

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Day Hiking: South Cascades

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

The poorly named Dark Meadow is one of the bright spots of the entire Dark Divide Roadless Area. The trail passes through deep old forest, ascending modestly to high meadow-rimmed ridgelines.

As the trail ascends, the views begin to develop, and the thick fir forest thins and fades away entirely when the trail enters Dark Meadow near the ridge top. The stunning meadow is filled with wildflowers, panoramic vistas, and a wide variety of wildlife. The views encompass Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens, and Jumbo Peak just to the north.

© 2007 Dan A. Nelson /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tire Junction
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: July-October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,900 feet
Top Elevation: 5,400 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: USFS Cowlitz Valley Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 333 McCoy Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Dark Meadow Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/2/2010
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The trail guide is wrong. 2325 is washed out. Head toward 2324, you will see Dark Meadow 263 trail head. Be warned, its 3.2 miles of up, ~ 1500 feet elevation gain over poor trail (because of horses). The result is worth it however.



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