Trapper Creek Trail

Carson, Washington 98610

Trapper Creek Trail

Trapper Creek Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Hike through the magnificent, low-elevation, old-growth forest of Trapper Creek Canyon.

Fill out your wilderness permit and head north from the parking area. In a few yards you will come to a trail junction with the Dry Creek Trail 194. Turn left at the junction and hike west-northwest through the mixed-age forest of cedar, hemlock, and fir. If you are here in May, trilliums may be blooming beside the path. Yew bushes, vine maple, Oregon grape, and a few dogwood trees form the forest understory.

Shortly, the tread begins to climb gently, gaining a little more than 100 feet in elevation before flattening out. Nine-tenths of a mile into the hike, just after passing the Trapper Creek Wilderness boundary, the well-maintained track reaches the junction with the Observation Trail 132. The Observation Trail to the right (north) climbs Howe Ridge to Observation Peak."

More Trapper Creek Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Follow frolicking Trapper Creek up a deep valley into the heart of the wilderness bearing its name. Wind through magnificent groves of towering ancient firs. Let cascading side creeks captivate you and stand in awe at a plummeting waterfall at Trapper’s upper reaches. Steep ridges and peaks hem you in and capture plenty of moisture-laden clouds. Trapper Creek receives in excess of 100 inches of precipitation a year."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike or backpack
May to Oct. (mid-June to Oct. at higher elevations)
1,100 feet
Trailhead Elevation
3,800 feet
Top Elevation
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Wind River Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Bare Mountain, Termination Point
Local Maps