Quartz Creek Trail

Tire Junction, Washington 98610

Quartz Creek Trail

Quartz Creek Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The Quartz Creek route is a river trail, but not a river valley trail. Sure, it follows the creek upstream, but it doesn’t exactly parallel it. This path weaves in and out of side canyons and up and down small rises and ridges, always working upstream, but seldom coming very close to the waters of Quartz Creek. When it does dip down and access the creek, however, the views are stunning. The creek is a rugged, swift mountain river teeming with trout.

Several good campsites are easily accessible, many of them near the shores of the creek, and the scenery near and away from the river is spectacular. The side canyons and ravines are often cut down the middle by rushing tributary creeks that thunder through narrow slots and bound over steep drops. The forest that shades the entire route is dominated by deep, old groves of Douglas-fir and western red cedar, and the high, shimmering cliff walls of Quartz Canyon are beautiful."

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Trail Information

Tire Junction
Nearby City
500 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2,020 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,500 feet
Top Elevation
USFS Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Local Contacts
Green Trails No. 365 Lone Butte
Local Maps