Dry Creek Trail

Packwood, Washington 98361

Dry Creek Trail

Dry Creek Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Don’t let the name fool you—this is no stroll along a forest brook. You’ll dip your toes in Dry Creek within the first few minutes of this hike, then not see it again until you get back down from the long, steep climb ahead of you. This steep forest trail offers few views and not much of interest other than thick second-growth fir forest, until near the route’s end. But spectacular views await the patient and persistent.

The 2800-foot elevation gain brings hikers to a vantage point that is unrivaled in the area. Once a Forest Service lookout tower stood here, but now all that is left are great views of the Cowlitz River Valley to the north and west; the high, craggy Smith Ridge to the east; and Goat Dike, a precipitous cliff, directly below on the north side of the ridge. On clear days the top of Mount Rainier can also be seen peeking up over the ridges to the north."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,800 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Late June-early November
1,015 feet
Trailhead Elevation
3,815 feet
Top Elevation
USFS Naches Ranger District
Local Contacts
Green Trails No. 303 White Pass
Local Maps

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Jul 2018