Lewis River Trail

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington

Distance9.2mi
Elevation Gain4,002ft
Trailhead Elevation1,438ft
Top1,732ft
Elevation Min/Max1107/1732ft
Elevation Start/End1438/1438ft

Lewis River Trail

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.

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One Night Wilderness: Portland: Backcountry Getaways Within Three Hours of the City (Wilderness Press)
Doug Lorain
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"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."
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades (The Mountaineers Books)
Joan Burton
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"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."

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7/9/2011
Fun mtn bike trail. Only went about 10 miles from the campground, but still had a great ride. Relatively level, but with some fun ascents and river crossings. Would love to return and complete the entire trail
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12/27/2009
Well besides the 6-12"s of snow on some parts and the hike a bike due to the ice on the steep sections it was awesome! I really don't recommend going this time of year but couldn't resist the temptation. The small creek crossings were now 2-3 feet now and all the waterfalls were frozen but very pretty. I loved it because it made it that more technical. Cant wait to ride it in the summer. Also recommend riding it with a partner. Mine all flaked! Maybe cause of the time of year :) It was kinda of sketch when i started seeing "cat" tracks on the flat stuff. With all the hike-a-bike it took me 3 hours to the second bridge and back. About 20 miles. Ran out of light to do the whole 27. Next year! When its not snowing :)
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9/11/2009
This is definitely not a beginner trail. There
are many portions unridable. It took us almost 4 hrs to the top. The downhills are
rocky and slippery. Dropoffs on your right
tend to slow you down. Beautiful scenery
though makes it worthwhile.
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6/18/2006
The river, falls and surrounding woods are beautiful. On a very nice Sunday afternoon it was also was not very crowded (probably due to the long drive from Portland - about 2 hours.) Two caveats: the road parallels the trail, which slightly detracts from the experience. Also, as of mid-June 2006, the trail between the middle and upper falls is washed out and closed. Until the trail is repaired, the only way to see the upper falls is to drive to them (not difficult, just not as fun as hiking to them.)
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8/24/2004
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6/16/2000
My 12 year old and I rode this trail one way and loved it. Aside from a few short steep hills he was able to ride the whole thing. And riding in the rain kept us covered with MUD!
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Trail Information

Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Nearby City
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Gifford Pinchot National Forest Headquarters, 360-891-5000.
Local Contacts
Green Trails #365, Lone Butte
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