Trapper Creek Wilderness

Mount Saint Helens, Washington 98639

Trapper Creek Wilderness

Trapper Creek Wilderness Professional Review and Guide

"This is almost a secret hike. Most people have never heard of it, but everybody who goes there loves it. It’s quiet and woodsy, with lots of creeks, two waterfalls, great campsites, and—if you want to gain some elevation—a great view from Observation Peak.

It's hard to say why so few people have heard of Trapper Creek. It's just over an hour from Portland, it's loaded with trails, and it couldn't be any prettier. If you're a fan of the forest, and especially if you don't mind climbing, this is the place to be. One section of the wilderness was actually set aside in the 1950s as a research area for old-growth pacific silver firs. And up on the ridge, there are huckleberries—the big, blue, juicy kind—everywhere."

Trapper Creek Wilderness Reviews

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Virtually empty, serene trail, easy to reach from HWY 26. We didn't see another hiker until we reached the parking lot by the falls. It was about 10 degrees cooler than town, so a nice summer escape. The falls, though more crowded, weren't overwhelmingly packed. Loved seeing the old abandoned highway. No garbage or restrooms at the trailhead, fyi.

Trapper Creek Wilderness Photos

Trail Information

Mount Saint Helens
Nearby City
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
8 hours
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Local Contacts

Activity Feed

Oct 2018