Woods Creek Watchable Wildlife Trail

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington

Distance0.7mi
Elevation Gain98ft
Trailhead Elevation1,126ft
Top1,145ft
Elevation Min/Max1126/1145ft
Elevation Start/End1126/1126ft

Woods Creek Watchable Wildlife Trail

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. This trail connects with the following: Oldgrowth Loop Trail.

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."

"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."

"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."

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Trail Information

Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Nearby City
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Parks
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Easy
Skill Level
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Cowlitz Valley Ranger District
Local Contacts
Green Trails McCoy Peak 333
Local Maps

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Nov 2018