Quartz Creek Trail

Tire Junction, Washington

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The Quartz Creek route is a river trail, but not a river valley trail. Sure, it follows the creek upstream, but it doesn’t exactly parallel it. This path weaves in and out of side canyons and up and down small rises and ridges, always working upstream, but seldom coming very close to the waters of Quartz Creek. When it does dip down and access the creek, however, the views are stunning. The creek is a rugged, swift mountain river teeming with trout. Several good campsites are easily accessible, many of them near the shores of the creek, and the scenery near and away from the river is spectacular. The side canyons and ravines are often cut down the middle by rushing tributary creeks that thunder through narrow slots and bound over steep drops. The forest that shades the entire route is dominated by deep, old groves of Douglas-fir and western red cedar, and the high, shimmering cliff walls of Quartz Canyon are beautiful.
Day Hiking: South Cascades

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Day Hiking: South Cascades

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

The Quartz Creek route is a river trail, but not a river valley trail. Sure, it follows the creek upstream, but it doesn’t exactly parallel it. This path weaves in and out of side canyons and up and down small rises and ridges, always working upstream, but seldom coming very close to the waters of Quartz Creek. When it does dip down and access the creek, however, the views are stunning. The creek is a rugged, swift mountain river teeming with trout.

Several good campsites are easily accessible, many of them near the shores of the creek, and the scenery near and away from the river is spectacular. The side canyons and ravines are often cut down the middle by rushing tributary creeks that thunder through narrow slots and bound over steep drops. The forest that shades the entire route is dominated by deep, old groves of Douglas-fir and western red cedar, and the high, shimmering cliff walls of Quartz Canyon are beautiful.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tire Junction
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: June-November
Trailhead Elevation: 2,020 feet
Top Elevation: 2,500 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: USFS Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 365 Lone Butte
Driving Directions: Directions to Quartz Creek Trail

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