Lower Siouxon Creek Trail

Cougar, Washington

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The history of the area is exemplified by mossy little Hickmans Cabin. It was built in the early 1930s by the firefighters who moved into the area to suppress and battle the fires that frequently plagued the area. The cabin was used as an advance supply hut, and firefighters stored and sharpened their tools and cooked their meals here. The scars of the fires they fought are still visible. Many of the fallen trees rotting along the route were killed by the fires and later toppled over. The route makes a gradual descent for nearly a mile, but doesn’t drop all the way down to river level. For the next 2 miles, the trail stays above the south bank of the trail. You may be able to see and hear the river occasionally, but the Lower Siouxon isn’t really a river trail. It is, instead, a beautiful forest hike that offers a history lesson. Enjoy the forest for the scenery, the river for the music.
Day Hiking: South Cascades

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Day Hiking: South Cascades

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

The history of the area is exemplified by mossy little Hickmans Cabin. It was built in the early 1930s by the firefighters who moved into the area to suppress and battle the fires that frequently plagued the area. The cabin was used as an advance supply hut, and firefighters stored and sharpened their tools and cooked their meals here. The scars of the fires they fought are still visible. Many of the fallen trees rotting along the route were killed by the fires and later toppled over.

The route makes a gradual descent for nearly a mile, but doesn’t drop all the way down to river level. For the next 2 miles, the trail stays above the south bank of the trail. You may be able to see and hear the river occasionally, but the Lower Siouxon isn’t really a river trail. It is, instead, a beautiful forest hike that offers a history lesson. Enjoy the forest for the scenery, the river for the music.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cougar
Distance: 6.5
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: Late May-November
Trailhead Elevation: 1,700 feet
Top Elevation: 1,700 feet
Local Contacts: USFS Mount Adams Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 396 Lookout Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Lower Siouxon Creek Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/9/2002
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Beautiful trail that follows the river fairly closely and passes near several waterfalls. Consider following smaller creeks upstream for views of more spectacular waterfalls. If you are willing to ford the river or cross via a (large) fallen tree, a connecting trail leads steeply uphill for several miles for long-distance views of surrealistic waterfalls, rare in the pacific northwest. Consider this as a day hike with base camp set up on the main trail. Keep a careful eye out for bees/nests during season, as my party and I were stung several times. Overall a great trail for a one- or two-nighter, for beginners through advanced. Bring a swimsuit if it's hot, as there are several great swimming holes in the main creek.



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