Woods Creek Watchable Wildlife Trail is a hiking trail in Lewis County, Washington. It is within Gifford Pinchot National Forest. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 1,126 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 98 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking.
Woods Creek Watchable Wildlife Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This figure-eight loop hike is an excellent one for small children with adult supervision. The four-foot-wide gravel tread heads east from the parking area through dense second-growth forest. Fir, bigleaf maple, and red cedar trees furnish the canopy. Beneath these big, moss-hung trees grows vine maple. Ferns and moss cover the ground. Soon after leaving the trailhead you will want to stop and read the first interpretive sign about deer tracks, some of which you may have already seen along the trail. Foxglove and blackberries line the creek, as do nettles. The Old Growth Loop climbs gently making a couple of switchbacks as it enters the larger trees of the old growth forest."
--Fred Barstad, Best Easy Day Hikes: Mount St. Helens (Falcon Guides).
"Woods Creek and Old Growth Loops make a figure-eight hike through a diverse lowland forest. For seeing the largely nocturnal wildlife, very early-morning hikes are best. This is an excellent hike for small children and open to hikers only. The Woods Creek Loops’ elevation and rainfall are similar to those of the nearby Cedar Flats Nature Loop, but here the younger forest, growing on deep, moist organic soil, is mostly deciduous, while at Cedar Flats the older conifer woods grow from the mineral soil of an ancient lahar deposit. If time allows, it’s a real learning experience to walk both the Woods Creek Watchable Wildlife Loops and the Cedar Flats Nature Loop on the same trip. Flowers including three-leafed anemone (Anemone deltoidea) and western buttercup (Ranunculus occidentalis) grow in many places along the trail, but they are by no means the only ones. Take along a good plant and flower identification book to study the wide diversity of plants in the area."
--Fred Barstad, A FalconGuide to Mount St. Helens (Falcon Guides).
"Birders ﬂock to this stop on the Audubon Society’s Washington State Birding Trail, thanks to its mix of ﬁve fauna-friendly habitats. Those with ﬂocks of their own will enjoy this family-friendly ﬁgure-eight with plenty to touch, see, and hear."
--Craig Romano and Aaron Theisen , Day Hiking Mount St. Helens (The Mountaineers Books).
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