Siouxon Trail

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington

Distance10.8mi
Elevation Gain6,979ft
Trailhead Elevation1,827ft
Top3,490ft
Elevation Min/Max1158/3490ft
Elevation Start/End1827/1827ft

Siouxon Trail

Siouxon Trail is a hiking trail in Skamania County, Washington. It is within Gifford Pinchot National Forest. It is 10.8 miles long and begins at 1,827 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 21.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 6,979 feet. The Siouxon Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. This trail connects with the following: Huffman Peak Trail and Horseshoe Ridge Trail.

Siouxon Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Want to experience the best of southwest Washington's Siouxon Creek Roadless Area? This strenuous trek from Siouxon Creek to Siouxon Peak and back again offers up-close views of several impressive waterfalls and far-off views of Mount St. Helens and her volcanic neighbors."

"If you like smooth singletrack, lush forests, and little elevation gain, this ride will easily become one of your favorites. In fact, the ride begins downhill, so the only gain is during the return climb, retracing your tracks along Siouxon Creek. Ride as fast as you want or slow down to enjoy the view. This trail is enjoyed by all.

Ideal for all mountain bikers, this ride is located in a locally maintained conservancy area.The main trail is an old railroad grade. Follow the well-kept gravel road over nine bridges along the Cowiche Creek east to the Scenic Trail. Optional trip is the Overlook Trail between bridges eight and nine. Climb up the canyon to the uplands area for a gorgeous view. Explore with care—the area is a designated shrub-steppe
ecosystem, very fragile and home to many rare plants. Stay on existing trails and avoid heading in and out of the canyon when the trails are wet to prevent further problems with erosion."

"An easy, pleasant stroll along a mountain stream, with old-growth forest and waterfalls all around, plus options that include a stream crossing and rugged climbing—what more could you want? Even the kids will like it; with supervision, they could go for a swim."

"The Siouxon Creek drainage (pronounced sou- sawn, rhyming with Tucson) is situated south of Mt. St. Helens in the wonderfully vast Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The forest is an attractive combination of 100-year- old post- forest- fire regrowth and ancient snags, both upright and fallen.

The understory is lush and the waters of Siouxon Creek collect in deep, inviting pools of green and blue. First and foremost, this hike can be an easy-to-moderate outing or a potentially
adventuresome, creek- fording wilderness trek. A lot is going to depend on your willingness to get wet and the time of year you visit."

"Hike through a lush lowland valley, passing some of the best waterfalls to be found. Then climb to the upper trailhead on Forest Road 58 near the western boundary of the Trapper Creek Wilderness.

This route offers a couple of great camping spots that are not very far from the trailhead, making it an ideal backpack for families with young children."

"This popular and nearly level creekside cruise boasts a solid half-dozen of the best cataracts in the southern Washington Cascades—made all the more impressive by a wilderness-worthy forest setting. Save this shoulder-season hike for a rainy day, which are in abundant supply here, to see this creek at its peak."

"Three of the trademark features of the Pacific Northwest—big trees, clear creeks, and lovely waterfalls—are all on spectacular display along Siouxon Creek. Flowing through an almost unlogged low-elevation valley, Siouxon Creek runs clear and cold, just the way a natural stream should flow in this part of the world. When combined with the majestic old-growth forest and several stunning waterfalls, this trip makes for a great introduction to the Northwest outdoors. The trail is very popular with mountain bikers, so hikers should expect to meet some cyclists along the way."

"This low-level river hike, accessible when snow buries higher trails, will appeal to children for several reasons. Close enough to the creek in a number of places to dip in toes and sample the current, the trail is relatively wide and level after an initial drop. The moss-covered forest alongside the trail has a magical Emerald City feel, with trilliums, ferns, and four-leaf-clover-like oxalis. A number of waterfalls call out to be examined from above, beside, and below; one even has a possible campsite next to its plunge pool.

This roadless forest, with its pockets of ancient trees, is rare natural regrowth from a historic 1902 fire that burned about 40,000 acres, the Yacolt Burn. Unfortunately, the regrown forest has been slated for harvest by the Forest Service under the principles of “New Forestry.” Harvest is harvest, no matter what the euphemism. Once gone, such a roadless forest cannot be regained; you and your children may be the last generations to enjoy these trees. Siouxon Creek has been proposed for Wild and Scenic River status, which will preserve the river bottom but not the forested hillside."

Siouxon Trail Reviews

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7/11/2008
We only did the Kings Mountain trail (we did not do the loop). The trail is very steep but well maintained. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. It was a good workout. The view from the top is not great--If you want a better view I would recommend the Saddle Mountain hike.
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2/17/2007
Beautiful! Not trail for the casual hiker. I went up Elk Creek along the old logging road, about half-way over to King's Mtn and then down Elk Mtn.
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6/10/2006
I am a day hiker and this was a great trail--maintained and well marked. I hiked to the summit of Kings Mountain and returned. I did not hike to Elk Mountain. The trail does climb so don't be surprised. The day I went it was somewhat cloudy so could not see all the way to the ocean but good views, none the less. Lots of wild flowers still blooming at the summit. I would recommend but it is not for people bothered by the steepness.
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2/20/2006
Maybe I am just out of shape, but both myself and the guy I was riding with thought this was definately a more demanding trail thatn listed. The ride back is a long uphill, and a tough way to end a really nice ride.
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8/23/2005
We went on Sunday, 8/21. By going I-5 to Woodland and picking up 503, we were able to cut at least 1/2 hour off the trip because of all the stoplights through Battleground. (I think it's more miles though). Plus it was much prettier along the Lewis River highway. It's a long downhill - very fun, but makes it a long haul out. Very beautiful ride and the falls were great. There were horses - so be careful to watch for others on the trail. There were 2 different ratings of this trail: Rapp's rating was 'Easy' and the other one was 'Moderate'. I would say that this is moderate - some technical aspects but also strenuous due to length and long uphill.
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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
Waterfalls
Features
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and Surrounding Area Headquarters
Local Contacts
Green Trails Lookout Mountain 396
Local Maps

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