Observation Trail

Mount Adams Ranger District

8:30AM - 3:30PM
Sat, Jul 13, 2013


WTA volunteers on the Observation Trail. R. Ojerio

South Cascades - Mt. Adams Ranger District. Old-growth forest protected within this Wilderness gem offers deep solitude just a short drive from the Portland/Vancouver Metro Area. A system of trails varying from easy to extreme provide many options for loop hikes including Observation Peak with a 360 degree, breathtaking vista. On this trip the crew will shuttle to the upper trailhead for Observation Trail, then work their way down covering at least 6 miles before ending up at the lower trailhead and back at camp. Most of the work is in the mid-section where it is overgrown with brush.

Note: We'll be working on the mid-section of the Observation trail. To get there we'll be shuttling to the upper trailhead, then hiking up and over Observation Peak, then work the most brushy section of tread. We'll hike out the bottom. In total it is about 6 miles of hiking with an elevation change going from 3,250 feet up to 3,700 ft. before dropping to about 1,400 ft.

Most of the trails within the Trapper Creek Wilderness were designed and are maintained by a Portland based hiking club, the Mazamas. Built to a primitive standard these routes offer a challenging experience. Other trails including Big Hollow, Trapper Creek, Dry Creek and the Observation Trail, are more typical Forest Service standard trails.

Driving directions:
From Vancouver, WA, drive east on Hwy 14 to Stevenson. Continue through Stevenson and go 3 miles further on 14. Turn left at a blinking light intersection signed �Carson, Mount St. Helen�s Turnoff.� Follow this road (Wind River Highway 30) north through Carson for about 15 miles. Just beyond the Carson National Fish Hatchery, keep left and cross the Wind River. Take the first right after crossing the bridge, onto Forest Service Road 5401, and go about 1/4 mile. We will be meeting at Camp Howe also known as the Skamania County Saddle Club, which is on the right just after crossing Trapper Creek, about 100 yards before the Dry Creek Trailhead parking lot. (Driving time from Vancouver: approximately 1.5 hours.)


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

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