Nat'l Public Lands Day! East Fork Lewis River Trail

South Cascades

8:30AM - 3:30PM
Sat, Sep 24, 2011

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Looking back down the East Fork of the Lewis River Valey. R. Ojerio

This largely forgotten gem of a trail makes a great day hike that takes you through several different landscapes from the lush valley bottom to open ridgetop with a great view of Mount Hood. But the upper section is fading away as Nature reclaims the trail corridor.

The East Fork Lewis River Trail is an out and back that comes in at around 8 miles with about 2,500 ft. of elevation gain. Twice you'll need to find your way across unbridged water on fallen logs. After a couple miles going along the lush river valley, the route climbs up to the ridge line where the Yacolt Burn of 1902 swept away all the big trees and organic matter leaving rocky outcrops and wide vistas that greet you at the top.

Driving directions:
From Vancouver go East on WA-14 for 41.6 miles. Slight left onto Sprauge Rd 49ft. North on Wind River Rd 8.6 miles. Left onto Hemlock Rd 1.1 miles. Take the 43 Rd through the experimental forest until it hits the 41 Rd, go right on the 41 Rd. (10.9 miles from Hemlock Rd/ 28 minutes) Total drive time estimate 1 hour and 44 minutes Total miles 63.8

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GPS coordinates are only approximate, please always use the written driving directions when trying to find a trail head


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