Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Hiking - Southern District
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Gifford Pinchot National Forest (Paul Edmondson/National Geographic/Getty)

Sleeping Beauty Peak #37
Ranger District: Mt. Adams
Length: 1.4 miles
Trail Uses:
Season of Use: July-October
Visitor Use: Heavy
Access: Road 8810040

Description: Trail #37 begins on the north side of Road 040 about 1/4 mile northwest of Road 8810 junction. The trail leaves Road 040 and ascends through heavy timber in a northeasterly direction. The last 1/4 mile is open, zig-zagging up over bare rock to the old Sleeping Beauty Lookout site. Sleeping Beauty Mountain is one of the more prominent landmarks for the Trout Lake area, and the trail is very popular with hikers.

Features: Sleeping Beauty Mountain, old lookout site, and rock work.

Bluff Mountain #172
Silver Star
Ranger District: Wind River
Trail Park: Bluff Mountain - Trailhead is at the end of FR 4100502. Bluff Mountain trail No. 172 heads west to the summit of Silver Star Mountain.
Length: 7.8 miles
Trail Uses:
Season of Use: July to October
Elevation: Trailhead 3,200 to trails end 3,100 feet above sea level
Visitor Use: Light

Access: Trail #180, Forest Road 502, or State Road 1200. (Forest Road 502, at the termination of the trail, is suitable for four-wheel drive vehicles only. The parking area at the intersection with forest road 41 is 2 miles from the end of the trail.). Another point of entry is Grouse Creek Vista, an unsigned State Road intersection on DNR Road 1200 that can be difficult to locate.

Description: At the termination of trail #180, trail visitors can choose two routes: east towards Silver Star Mountain along the ridge, or south downhill to Grouse Creek Vista. The eastbound trail follows the ridge and intersects trail #175 in about 1/2 mile. Proceeding along the ridge offers some excellent views of the Portland/Vancouver metro area. After approximately 2 miles the trail drops and runs south of Little Baldy Mountain. Continuing downhill the trail turns north after approaching Bluff Mountain, climbs quickly to Forest Road 502 and terminates.

Features: This trail winds through the Yacolt Burn of 1902 that burned 238,900 acres which resulted in deep wooded pockets of noble fir and open areas with wildflowers.

Observation #132
Trapper Creek Wilderness
Ranger District: Wind River
Trail Park: Observation Peak - Trailhead is on FR 58 at northern end of Observation trail No. 132.
Length: 7.2 miles
Season of Use: : July to October
Elevation: Trailhead 1,200 to trails end 3,600 feet above sea level
Visitor Use: Medium
Access: Trail #192.1

Description: Follow trail #192.1 for one mile to the junction of trail #132 to your right. Trail #132 climbs steadily through an old-growth forest and gains 2600 feet in 5 miles, near the Observation Peak Summit. The trail intersects with primitive trail #195 about three miles from the beginning. One mile further the trail intersects primitive trail #198. Still climbing, the trail intersects trails #132A, #192, in two miles and trail #158, shortly thereafter. The trail terminates on Forest Road 58.

Features: Wildflowers, bear grass, and huckleberries are abundant in summer and early fall. The rugged viewpoint at the northern end offers a majestic view of Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier, and Mount St. Helens (behind the trees) on clear days.

Trapper Creek #192.1
Trapper Creek Wilderness Ranger District: Wind River
Trail Park: Trapper Creek - Trailhead is at the southeast edge of Trapper Creek Wilderness on FR 5401. Trailhead for Trapper Creek trail No. 192 and Dry Creek No. 194.

Length: 1.2 miles
Trail Uses:
Season of Use: May to November
Elevation: Trailhead 1,200 to trails end 1,400 feet above sea level
Visitor Use: Light

Description: This trail ascends through a conifer forest and intersects with trail #132, in approximately 1 mile. (At this point the trail is known as trail #192.2., which is a hiker-only trail.)

Features: The trail meanders through an old-growth forest.

Trapper Creek #192.2
Trapper Creek Wilderness Ranger District: Wind River
Trail Park: Trapper Creek - Trailhead is at the southeast edge of Trapper Creek Wilderness on FR 5401. Trailhead for Trapper Creek trail No. 192 and Dry Creek No. 194.
Length: 4.8 miles
Season of Use: May-November
Visitor Use: Light
Access: Trails #192.1, and #132.

Description: This is the main trail which traverses through the center of the Wilderness. The trail intersects with Dry Creek trail #194 to the right almost immediately. Gradually climbing for about 1 mile, the trail meets the Observation trail #132. After crossing Lush Creek, in 1/2 mile the Soda Peaks Lake trail #133 comes into view. Trapper Creek trail ascends through second-growth and intersects Big Slide primitive trail #195 and Deer Way trail #209 shortly thereafter. The trail continues left, drops down to Trapper Creek, and then crosses Slump Creek. Climbing from the creeks, the trail intersects the west junction with Deer Way trail. Sunshine primitive trail #198 meets Trapper Creek trail a short distance further. Still climbing, the trail reaches Cliff Creek viewpoint at 1,900 feet, and crosses Trapper Creek at 2,200 feet. Rapidly ascending, the trail offers a startling view of Trapper Creek Falls. The trail crosses Trapper Creek again at 3,300 feet and ends when it meets Observation Trail #132.

Features: Old-growth forest is present in the lower elevations of Trapper Creek trail. Trapper Creek Falls viewpoint offers a breathtaking 100-foot cascade, divided by an oval-shaped pool nestled in the black rock face which the water cuts through.

Lemei #34
Indian Heaven Wilderness Ranger District: Mt. Adams
Length: 5.3 miles
Season of Use: Mid July to October
Visitor Use: Medium (Heavy use by horses)
Access: Road 24 or Trail #33

Description: Located in the east central portion of the Indian Heaven Wilderness, Trail #34 leaves Road 24 following an old skid road through second-growth timber, ascending to the ridgeline and intersects Trail #102. Passing Wapiki Lake Trail #34A, the trail climbs steeply to open meadow slopes, providing excellent view of Lake Wapiki and Lemei Rock before descending to Trail #33 near Cultus Lake.

Features: Scenic views of Wapiki Lake and Lemei Rock.

Lemei Lake #179
Indian Heaven Wilderness Ranger District: Mt. Adams
Length: 1.9 miles
Season of Use: August to October
Visitor Use: Medium
Access: Trail #33 and Trail #2000

Description: Trail #179 is located in the heart of the Indian Heaven Wilderness. It is a trail through very open, meadow terrain. The trail commences at Trail #33 near Clear Lake and proceeds in a southerly direction passing Lemei Lake, terminating at Junction Lake and Trail #2000.

Features: Meadows and Lemei Lake.

Indian Heaven #33
Indian Heaven Wilderness Ranger District: Mt. Adams
Length: 3.3 miles
Season of Use: Mid July-October
Visitor Use: Heavy
Access: Road 24 or Trail #2000

Description: Located in the east central portion of the Indian Heaven Wilderness, Trail #33 climbs steeply to the southwest through heavy stands of timber on the slopes of Bird Mountain. Once on top, the trail enters open meadows, passes Deep and Cultus Lakes, then intersects the Lemei and Lemei Lake Trails. The trail then continues past Clear Lake, descending to its termination with the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail near Deer Lake.

Features: Wildflowers, large meadows, several small lakes, views of Mt. Adams, Lemei Rock, and Mt. Rainier.


Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 11 Oct 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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