Craggy Peak Trail

Northwoods, Washington

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Bear with us. This may not be the type of trail most hikers think of when they plan a “wilderness” outing. Yes, this isn’t wilderness. This is a forest that has been heavily impacted by humans, but which still has a wild beauty that is worth the effort to enjoy this long, forest ramble. The thick forest canopy here effectively shuts out most of the potential views from the early part of the trail, but that’s okay. This is a beautiful forest to hike in. The old-growth fir, hemlock, and cedar forest is home to countless species of wildlife. If you want more to look at than forest, you will enjoy the small flower-filled meadows dotting the route. These lush green fields also offer the best long-distance views; the top of Mount Rainier occasionally “peaks” up in the north.
Day Hiking: South Cascades

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Day Hiking: South Cascades

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

Bear with us. This may not be the type of trail most hikers think of when they plan a “wilderness” outing. Yes, this isn’t wilderness. This is a forest that has been heavily impacted by humans, but which still has a wild beauty that is worth the effort to enjoy this long, forest ramble.

The thick forest canopy here effectively shuts out most of the potential views from the early part of the trail, but that’s okay. This is a beautiful forest to hike in. The old-growth fir, hemlock, and cedar forest is home to countless species of wildlife. If you want more to look at than forest, you will enjoy the small flower-filled meadows dotting the route. These lush green fields also offer the best long-distance views; the top of Mount Rainier occasionally “peaks” up in the north.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Northwoods
Distance: 11
Elevation Gain: 1,800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: June-October
Trailhead Elevation: 3,475 feet
Top Elevation: 5,275 feet
Local Contacts: USFS Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 365 Lone Butte, No. 333 McCoy Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Craggy Peak Trail

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