A very popular trail, particularly from mid-April through early June, when the hills are filled with blooming wildflowers. Hikers will also see impressive views of Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams, and Mount Hood. The trail is somewhat challenging as it gains 2,948 feet in elevation and is 3.5 miles to the top. Plan four hours to hike this one and take water and food for the break on top! This heavily used loop opportunity climbs rapidly in the first 0.5 mile, gaining 700 feet in elevation. The trail forks, giving hikers the option of heading north on the more direct, but steep route to the summit, or to the east for a longer but more gradual climb. The trail to the right (east) provides a great opportunity for sweeping views of the Columbia River and beautiful flowered meadows, while the northern route is a 2.5-mile steep grade through the forest where it links back up to the summit loop trail. Watch for poison oak and rattlesnakes along the trail.
Driving Directions: To reach the trail, travel 10 miles east of Stevenson. After milepost 53 on Highway 14, there is a large dirt parking lot on the north side of the highway and a sign marks the trailhead. 10 miles from Stevenson, WA
NOTE: NW Forest Pass required: www.recreation.gov
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