Day Hiking: South Cascades
by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2007 Dan A. Nelson /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
yes, kevin is correct, the road to the trailhead (TH) is washed out, but starting at the blue lake TH only adds about 5 miles to the loop, not 7 and is well worth the effort. i recommend a clockwise loop. follow toutle trail (#238) for 2.5 miles, turn right on sheep canyon trail(#240, uphill), left on loowit trail (#216), georgeous views here of mt. st. helens to the right and mt. rainier in the distance, at end of downhill turn left on toutle trail (#238,) after crossing bridge meet back at junction where loop started and return via toutle trail to TH. Total hiking time with lunch and picture stops was 6.5 hours.
I'm sure it would have been a fine hike if I could have driven to the trailhead like the trail guide stated.
The road is washed out at Blue Lake and a large berm has been placed there to keep people from driving across the creek. You can hike into sheep canyon from that location but it will add an additional 7 miles to your hike.
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