Lewis River Trail is a hiking trail in Skamania County, Washington. It is within Gifford Pinchot National Forest. It is 9.2 miles long and begins at 1,438 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 18.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,002 feet. Along the trail there is parking.
Lewis River Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This day hike or backpack follows the last remaining primitive section of the Lewis River in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Along the way you’ll pass through grand old-growth forest of stately Douglas fir, western hemlock, and western red cedar, always within sight or sound of the rushing river. Two trailheads offer the option of either doing a shorter 5.4-mile out-and-back hike or a longer 9.4-mile one-way trip by leaving a car at the upper trailhead."
--Ron Adkison & David Wortman, Hiking Washington (Falcon Guides).
"The Lewis River Trail #31 is full of views of old-growth forest, rock formations, and waterfalls. The trail itself is also a sweet treat, with a beginner-friendly smooth surface almost all the way through. In fact, the only arguments against beginners riding the entire 27.2-mile round-trip are some steep sections in the middle portion of the trail and the length of the entire round-trip."
--Bennett & Leman, Mountain Bike! Washington (Menasha Ridge Press).
"Draining off the snowfields of Mt. Adams, the clear-flowing Lewis River cascades along through some of the most impressive forests and wooded canyons of our region. A trail once followed this magnificent stream all the way from the farmlands in the lower valley to the alpine terrain of the high country, but logging roads have long since destroyed virtually all of it. A much shortened, but still very worthwhile segment remains, however, and it is a joy to hike, with great camps, a fine swimming hole, good fishing, and some of the most impressive big trees in our region."
--Doug Lorain, One Night Wilderness: Portland: Backcountry Getaways Within Three Hours of the City (Wilderness Press).
"Highlights: Amazing singletrack along a beautiful river. This trail has it all, from cruising singletrack to steep climbs to a creek crossing and nice views. It’s best to do this ride midweek because it is very popular on weekends with hikers. Tread is all singletrack. Hazards: Exposure as the trail travels very near large cliffs; several rocky areas and a rough section over a recent landslide. From the parking area, cross Lewis River and immediately pick up the trail, which begins on the right. The first few miles are relatively easy with little elevation gain and few obstructions. 2.4 Look for a shelter on the left; continue as the trail rolls along the river and starts becoming more technical in places. 3.3 Enter a large slide zone. The trail has been rebuilt but is still rough in places."
--Scott Rapp, Mountain Biking Portland (Falcon Guides).
"The pride of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest is a gorgeous riverside walk among old-growth firs and cedars, past pools and rapids of the blue-green, glacier-fed Lewis River. Swimming, fishing, and camping are other good options. And the elevation is so low, the trail is open all year."
--Joan Burton, Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades (The Mountaineers Books).
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