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Monday, January 06 @ 14:32:59 PST by Drew (40 reads)
Day hikes in the Northwest.

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Dayhikes: Indian Beach Trail, OR
Monday, January 06 @ 14:32:54 PST by Drew (861 reads)
Day hikes in the Northwest.Vicinity Location: 68 miles northwest of Portland in the Tillamook State Forest.

Directions: 
From Portland, take Highway 26 West to Highway 101. Take the Highway 101 South exit towards Cannon Beach. 

Drive about 3 miles and take the first exit for Cannon Beach and drive about .3 mile to the stop sign. Take a right and follow the signs to Ecola Beach State Park.

Drive about 1.6 miles along the narrow, winding road through the forest to the entrance of the park. Buy your permit here if you don’t have one, then  turn left after the entrance booth and drive about .2 mile to the parking lot.

Restrooms at the trailhead, Indian Beach, and Hiker’s Camp.

$5 daily permit or $30 annual permit needed to park at the trailhead.

Note: No overnight parking is allowed in the park.

Length and Elevation: 
9.5 Miles round trip. Elevation gain 1,971 feet and 1,070 feet of loss one way. Total gain and loss is 2,715 feet. Elevation at the trailhead is 200 feet, the high point of the trail is 1,200 feet.

Trail: 
Indian Point Beach Trail, Clatsop Loop Trail, Oregon Coastal Trail (OCT).   There is a geocache at: N 45° 56.581 W 123° 59.082 Info at Geocaching.com.

Trail Maps:
Topo MapState of Oregon MapDownload Garmin .gpx file

Review: January 20th, 2014.

This trip is mainly an out and back trail with two sections that have an alternate return route.

A gravel path leads off to the right from the west end of the parking lot. Drop down a small hill, cross on a bridge over a small creek, and enter the woods.

The trail starts climbing somewhat steeply up a few switchbacks up to the first viewpoint of the ocean. The forest here is a mainly a mix of hemlock, Douglas Fir, and Sitka Spruce.

Continue climbing through the forest, gaining 200 feet in the first .3 mile. From there it begins to follow the rolling headlands towards Indian Point Beach. This section of the trail has some muddy patches in the low spots.

After walking about .6 mile, the trail becomes much muddier and rudimentary and will be very muddy during the rainy season. The clay in the soil makes for slippery spots as the trail traverses little fingers of land reaching towards the sea.

At just under .8 mile is a trail junction that drops steeply down to Indian Point Beach. If you see a nice strip of sandy beach, you may want to drop down and walk the beach to the parking area for Indian Point Beach. If not, turn right and continue under the base of a small cliff and around a corner, then dropping down and climbing again along the narrow trail.

Drop down and cross on a bridge over Canyon Creek, then walk up to the parking lot. Indian Point Beach The crescent shaped beach is very inviting and there are nice views of haystack rocks to the south. Stop and linger for a bit, soaking up the sights and sounds of the beach. There is no tapwater in this area of the park.

To continue, walk towards the restrooms, then walk along the left side of them. 
After a couple hundred feet, there is a junction to the left for the Clatsop Loop. Continue straight uphill into the forest.

The trail climbs steadily above the bubbling Indian Creek, then loops over the creek and leaves it behind in a wide sweeping turn, continuing steadily uphill. The forest floor here is covered in sword ferns, salal, and trees that have fallen down over the ages to become nurse logs for a new generation of the forest. On a sunny day, only dappled light penetrates the thick canopy of trees that gently sway in the ocean breezes.

After climbing steadily for about 1.5 miles, you come to the Hiker Camp. Continue straight, walking past the restroom. Heading downhill, you’ll pass a tiny spring and stream. After about .1 mile there are some concrete bunkers built in World War II. From here the trail becomes less maintained and soon comes to a nice overlook of the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse. Building and maintain the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse has been challenging. The top 30 feet of the rock had to be blasted off to build the lighthouse and storm-tossed boulders have broken windows and damaged the roof.

Venture back to the camp to see the Adirondacks. At the east edge of the camp, the trail goes off to the left. You’ll pass a couple of low spots that are muddy after rainy days, then turn to the left and walk on a short section that is nicely graveled. 
The trail quickly changes from the gravel track to a rooty, rocky, rutted path as it switchbacks up the side of Tillamook Head. There are few good views as you heading north from the Hiker’s Camp. From the top of the head, there are short boardwalks over most of the muddy spots and just short muddy spots to walk through.

The trail winds through the forest, staying fairly level as it gently rises and falls along the contours of the coast.

About .4 mile from Clark’s Mountain, above the trail on the left, there is a great example of a clothespin tree. There is a gap in the roots big enough to crawl through. The tree was logged years ago and you can see the slots the lumberjacks cut into the trunk to wedge in the springboards they stood on to saw through the tree. There are several example where the lumberjacks cut slots for springboards into the trees to cut them down but there are still some old growth trees along the trail.

You’ll need a gps to know when you reach Clark’s Mountain. It is a treed knoll without a view. Just to the left of the trail are some nice little areas where you can sit and take a break and listen to the sound of the wind in the trees and of the ocean far below.

Clark’s Mountain is about 5 miles from the trailhead and it is at an elevation of 1,200 feet. There is 1,971 feet of ascent and 1,070 feet of descent to this point. If you don’t have a GPS, there is a large tree that looks like it is across the trail. The trail goes beside the tree and drops down a bit, going over some boardwalks. In about 100 feet is a toppled tree with the roots now rising vertically about 12 feet above the trail. This is the only place on the trail where you brush by this root ball. Check out the last two photos in the gallery.

Clark’s Mountain is a good point to turn around because there really aren’t any good views of the ocean north of this point.

Retrace your steps back over the boardwalks and the roots and the rocks. Once you reach the section of nicely graveled trail, you’ll know you are almost back to the Hiker’s Camp. Follow the trail back into the camp and take some time to admire the workmanship on the cedar Adirondacks.

William Clark wrote down his impressions of this area after coming here from Ft. Clatsop in January 1806. Most of the trees in the area were about 100 years old but there were much older trees that had survived some natural disaster. His journal entry of January 8, 1806 stated “The mountains, covered with a very heavy growth of pine and fir, also the white cedar or arbor vitae and a small proportion of black alder. This alder grows to a height of 60 or 70 feet and 2 or 3 feet in diameter. Some species of pine or fir on top of the point of view (Tillamook Head) rise to the immense height of 210 feet and from 8 to 10 feet in diameter and are perfectly sound and solid.” 

From the camp, return via the Clatsop Loop Trail. To take this route, go just past the bathroom and take the trail that leads off to the right. The Clatsop Loop Trail switchbacks down the hillside and then crosses a small meadow and muddy patches before coming to a nice viewpoint of some haystack rocks in the ocean. There are scrubby pines and salal along this section and the salal would quickly engulf the trail if there was no maintenance.

Coming back, you can walk down to the Indian Point Beach and follow the shoreline south for about .5 mile. Look for a break in the cliffs and a dirt path leading steeply away from the beach. Follow this steep trail and rejoin the main trail and turn right to continue heading south.

Be careful on this next section of trail because some of the wood steps aren’t level and can be very slick.

Lewis and Clark stayed in this area in 1806 and they complained about the incessant rain during the winter. You, however, have the luxury of choosing to come here on a sunny or cloudy day when the emerald green of the forest is very peaceful and a nice change from the gray days of winter.

This trail can be hiked at any time of year. There aren’t many wildflowers along the trail to be seen. This trail is good for dogs but there are cliffs. Parts of this trail aren’t good for children because of cliffs, steep slopes, and slick sections of trail. State Park regulations say dogs to be leashed on trails.
 
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Dayhikes: Greenleaf Falls, WA
Monday, January 06 @ 14:32:50 PST by Drew (567 reads)
Day hikes in the Northwest.Vicinity Location:
About 36 miles east of Portland, OR in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Directions: 
From Portland, take I-205 North to Exit 27 towards Camas. Merge onto Hwy 14 East and drive about 31.5 miles.
Turn left off Highway 14, drive a few hundred feet, cross under the railroad tracks, then turn right at the T in the road onto Cascade Dr.
Drive about .75 mile, crossing over a couple of creeks, then turn right on Hot Springs Ave (some maps may call this E Cascade Dr.), drive about .1 mile and turn left. Drive a few hundred feet further and park in the lot which is west of Drive to Bonneville Hot Springs Resort.

No permits are required to park at the trailhead.

This is a private parking lot for resort customers. An agreement has been reported between the resort and the Mazamas granting access to the trail, but the resort has the legal right to deny access at any time. Please read any posted signs or notices that may appear. The property owners have been generous with respect to hikers by allowing parking and restroom facilities. Please do not track dirt into the hotel.

There is a restroom at the trailhead.

Trails:
Dick Thomas Trail, Two Chiefs Trail, Unnamed trails. 

There is a geocache at: N 45° 39.608 W 121° 58.556 Info at Geocaching.com 

Trail Maps:
Topo MapDownload Garmin.gpx file

Length and Elevation:
Distance is 9.2 miles. Trailhead elevation is 75 ft. There is 1,400 feet elevation gain and 145 feet of elevation loss to Greenleaf Falls. The return trip with the viewpoint near Greenleaf Falls has 250 feet of elevation gain and 1,500 feet of elevation loss. 

Review: January 5, 2014.
There are six different ways to access the trail to Greenleaf Falls. This review provides directions for the two of the routes that converge at Carpenters Lake. 

This set of directions is shorter, steeper, and passes through a couple of blackberry patches.
From the west end of the parking lot, head up the gravel road, fairly steeply uphill for about 300 feet. Where the road T’s off, turn left and walk about 30 feet and turn right on a small footpath. Navigate through a couple of blackberry patches then head steeply up the hillside. It would be a good idea to bring some hand clippers to help get through the blackberry bramble.

After climbing steeply for about .25 mile, the ascent becomes more gradual, then levels off as you approach the same elevation as Carpenters Lake. The trail crosses the outlet of Carpenters Lake on a homemade footbridge, then soon comes to a junction with an ATV trail. This is where the directions from the two starting points converge.

This alternate set of directions to Greenleaf Falls is longer, less steep, and passes under huge power towers.
From the west end of the parking lot, head up the gravel road, fairly steeply uphill. Where the road tees off, turn left and walk along a jeep trail. The track runs over hill and dale for about .2 mile, crossing a wet depression then climbing to a 4-way junction at some large power towers.

From where you first cross under the big powerlines, walk about 100 yards, going down a dip, over a small culverted stream, which is Carpenter Creek, then back up again. At the top of the next rise, turn right on an old, unmarked jeep trail which heads uphill. Walk about 100 yards, crossing underneath the powerlines again and at the end of the jeep trail is a footpath leading into the forest.

For the next .4 mile, the trail climbs for a short distance, then drops into a small gully and crosses a small stream. There is a level section of trail for, then it drops into a small gully and stream then up to an ATV road.

Turn right at the ATV road and walk up the muddy and rocky trail about .4 mile to a junction with a small trail going off to the right. This junction is just before a large grassy meadow, which was once Carpenters Lake. This is where the directions from the two starting points converge.


It was beavers that made Carpenters Lake. They built a dam at the outlet and flooded the area. Now the beavers are gone and there is only a small pond at the east end of the bog. 

Now go from the 3-way junction at Carpenter’s Lake, bearing to the right on the ATV road. In a short distance there is another 3-way junction. Bear right again, leaving the ATV trail. The ATV road that goes to the left leads to Aldrich Butte.

The trail winds along the west side of Carpenters Lake and passes through a forest of fir and alder. After about .5 mile, it crosses a small creek on a bridge and continues uphill through the forest. Continuing along the present track you’ll come to a 4-way junction with the PCT about .8 mile from Carpenters Lake. The PCT at the time of this review has a trail marker on a tree in each direction.

After the junction with the PCT, the trail climbs gently for over .5 mile, with occasional glimpses of the gorge. Hook around the edge of a small ridge then drop down into the forest of fir trees. Continue to gently gain elevation as it passes below Sacaquawea and Papoose Rocks. The cliff face of Table Mountain looms ahead, high above the trail. This trail is mostly through a forest of fir and alder with a few rocky spots where it cuts through talus slopes of basalt which slid off of Table Mountain about 700 years ago.

Greenleaf Falls is a nice waterfall that cascades down just above the trail. The falls aren’t very tall but the creek certainly rushes down the mountainside. Crossing this stream is much easier if you have trekking poles to provide extra balance as you step from rock to slippery rock.

This is a good place to turn around, but the trail does continue another couple of miles to Blue Lake Road. You could set up a shuttle hike for this trip.

Coming back, there is an old logging road about .5 mile from the falls. You can follow the track uphill about .25 mile to some nice overlooks of the Gorge. The abandoned road ends at a large rockslide. People have camped here and the campsite has some nice views of the Gorge.

The trail is mostly downhill except for one short moderately steep uphill stretch where the trail climbs a small ridge then hooks around to the right.

Follow the trail back to Carpenters Lake and if you have the inclination, walk about .6 mile and gain 500 feet in elevation to the top of Aldrich Butte.

From Carpenters Lake, choose the return route back to the trailhead.

This is a most enjoyable trail. It is safe for dogs and kids and has a modest elevation gain. The only tricky part is if you want to cross Greenleaf Creek. The creek has large, slippery rocks to cross on. If you don’t mind wading then this is not a problem but the creek is fairly swift and can be almost knee deep in some spots.

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Dayhikes: Whittier Ridge Trail, WA
Tuesday, September 03 @ 12:33:46 PDT by Drew (1360 reads)
Day hikes in the Northwest.
Notice: 10/15/13 - This trail will probably only be navigable until the next snowfall.

Vicinity Location:
About 10 miles north of Mt. St. Helens, WA in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Directions:
Drive to the Norway Pass trailhead.
From Portland, drive north on I-5 to exit 21 at Woodland. Turn right and drive east for 27.5 miles on SR503 to the small community of Cougar. Continue east through Cougar and SR503 turns into FR90 for 18.6 miles and bear slightly left to take FR25 for 24.3 miles to FR99.

From FR99, drive 8.8 miles to the junction with FR26. Turn right onto FR26 and drive 1 more mile to the Norway Pass Trailhead. From Portland, plan on drive for 2 ½ to almost 3 hours depending on road conditions and traffic.

A Northwest Forest Pass is required to park at the trailhead.

No dogs are allowed on the trail and mountain bikes are only allowed on parts of this trail.

There is a restroom at the trailhead.

Trails:
Boundary Trail #1, Whittier Ridge Trail, Lakes Trail #211 with connections to Independence Ridge Trail #227A, Independence Ridge Trail #227. Shovel Lake Trail #211C, Panhandle Lake Trail #211B. 

There are no geocaches along this trail.

Trail Maps:
Topo MapDownload Garmin.gpx file

Length and Elevation:
This is a loop hike and the distance is 14.9 miles. Trailhead elevation is 3645 ft. There is 4,700 feet elevation gain and 4,700 feet of elevation loss.

Review: October 13, 2013.
This is a loop trail but weather conditions may dictate an out-and-back trip.

From the north end of the parking lot, head north, straight away from the parking lot. You are walking on Boundary Trail #1 which can be a bit confusing because right near the parking lot you pass a junction with Boundary Trail #1 on the right. The trail you need to take curves slightly to the left and in about 200 feet, drops down a bit and crosses a footbridge over a small creek. From here the climb begins.

In about 1.1 miles there is a junction with Boundary Trail #1 and the first junction with Independence Ridge Trail #227A. Keep to the right at this junction and the next one, a junction with Independence Ridge Trail #227. The Independence Ridge Trail tends to have washouts and seems to be closed often.
Just after the junction, drop down to Norway Pass, a small saddle with wonderful views of Spirit Lake. If conditions are right, then logs floating on the lake will be pushed into the northern arm of the lake. These logs were blown down by the cataclysmic explosion from 1980, then a huge lahar swept into the lake raising the lake level several hundred feet and sloshing the lake up the slopes and scouring off the fallen trees. After contemplating the devastation from the blast and wondering how logs can still be floating after more than 30 years, ascend up the well-maintained trail.

In about .7 mile is a junction for the Lakes Trail #211. Continue heading straight to stay on Boundary Trail #1. The Lakes Trail will be used on the return leg of the trip if all goes well. After a while, you’ll pass a nice rock overlooking the valley, then come to one of the Mt. Margaret backcountry camps. The camp has an outdoor composting toilet. There is a seasonal stream at the campsite which can be dry just before the fall rains start. Some years there is a snow patch near the camp that can be used for water. Remember not to use pink or red snow. Being in the blast zone gives constant views of Mt. St. Helens and walking the trail provides one continuous panoramic view of the nearby and distant mountains.

Make a left at the camp and follow the trail as it continues uphill to a small saddle with nice views of Boot Lake and Obscurity Lakes which were carved out by glaciers long ago. Follow the trail along the south side of the slope for .2 mile to another saddle wherein lies the junction for Mt. Margaret and Mt. Whittier Trails.

Taking the Whittier Ridge junction to the right, you will immediately notice a difference in the trail. It is brushy from being lightly travelled and there are some deadfalls to negotiate.

Do not take the trail over Whittier Ridge is there is still spring snow. Parts of the trail are shaded most of the day and are very dangerous when covered in icy snow. Part of the trail is on a near knife edge only about 2 foot wide, other portions are blasted from the side of the cliff, and there are a few short scrambles. If you are at all uncomfortable with heights, do not take this trail. If the weather is very windy or the trail is socked in, do not take this trail.

The trail comes out after a bit then then comes to a little peak ahead of you. The trail goes to the right side of the rock, 5 ¼ miles from the trailhead comes to a spine that connects to the south shoulder of Mt. Whittier. If you look across the valley you may be able to see the trail switchbacking up the side of the ridge. From here you have a great view to the right of Boot Lake and Mt. Rainier on the right, and Mt. St Helens on the left. Behind you can see Mt. Adams on a clear day.

From the summit of Mt. Whittier is a 360 degree panoramic view of mountains too numerous to mention them all. All the major volcanic peaks are in view along with several lakes. Holmstedt Lake lies just to the northeast of the peak. In the west, you can see a sliver of Coldwater Lake, which was created when a mudflow dammed Coldwater Creek.

At mile 5.4, the trail skirts a section where the trail was blasted out of the cliff face. If the weather is bad or in early spring, this is a dangerous portion because it is shaded all afternoon and is slow to melt out in the spring. Next the trail heads pretty steeply uphill to gain the ridgeline. There are places that aren’t marked and the only way to find the trail is to scout where other people have walked.

On the ridge the trail is very sketchy in places and you have to pick your way along the splintered ridge. Sometimes dropping off the ridge a bit to cir*****vent an especially rugged spot.

Near the end of the ridge is a place where the trail was rerouted several years ago. The reroute gains just a bit of elevation, then drops sharply off the right side of the ridge. Follow this poor trail down a few switchbacks. The track quickly improves, then descends across a steeply sloped meadow down into tree cover and connect with Lakes Trail at Pleasant Pass.

If you try to take the old trail, this abandoned trail descends the left side of the ridge, then turns sharply right and goes beneath rock cliffs. Part of the old trail has broken away from the cliffs and would be quite time consuming to navigate.

At the Lakes Trail it is about 6.3 miles back to Norway Pass. Turn right and head east on the mostly level trail. The trail soon passes the junction to Shovel Lake on the right and continues to some cliffs with a great view down into Shovel Lake.

Panhandle Lake is fed by a lovely stream that cascades down the hillside above the lake providing a good flow of water. The stream takes a few steps to hop across. The trail drops down and goes along Panhandle Lake, then starts climbing out of the bowel the lake sits in.

You’ll start crossing a series of seasonal and all year streams from Panhandle Lake and past Obscurity to Grizzly Lake. All the streams are easily navigated by stepping on rocks piled in the streams.

This year there has been maintenance on the Lakes Trial. The Alders have been brushed away and some of the washout areas have been repaired.

The trail climbs fairly steeply up to Grizzly Lake, which is a small log-choked lake without much appeal. The trail continues climbing at a moderate rate for about another 900 feet up to Grizzly Pass. It is a long 900 foot slog up to Bear Pass and by now you’re getting pretty tired as you climb up to Bear Pass.

Coming back from Norway Pass, you may have forgotten that you had some downhill sections coming from the trailhead. How easy it is to forget that the first two miles of the trail had elevation gains and losses, but the climbs on the return leg have to be negotiated so you can finish this awesome hike.

Do not take the trail over Whittier Ridge is there is still spring snow. Parts of the trail are shaded most of the day and are very dangerous when covered in icy snow. Part of the trail is on a near knife edge only about 2 foot wide, other portions are blasted from the side of the cliff, and there are a few short scrambles. If you are at all uncomfortable with heights, do not take this trail. If the weather is very windy or the trail is socked in, do not take this trail.

Average speed was 1.6 mph. We hiked for 9 ½ hours.

Waypoints and map coming soon.

Enjoy the photos!

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Dayhikes: High Rock Overlook Trail, WA
Friday, February 15 @ 10:54:00 PST by Drew (1356 reads)
Day hikes in the Northwest.Vicinity Location:
About 14 miles east of Ashford, WA in Mt. Rainier National Park.

Directions: 
From Portland, take I-5 North and take exit 68 to Hwy 12. Take Hwy 12 for about 30 miles to Morton. Turn left on Hwy 7 and drive about 17 miles to Hwy 706. Turn right on Hwy 706 and drive to through Ashford.

From Seattle, take I-5 South to Hwy 512 East and go towards Puyallup (Exit 127). Follow Hwy 512 East for about 2 miles. Turn south onto Hwy 7 towards Mt. Rainier. Follow Hwy 7 south to Elbe. At Elbe, turn left onto Hwy 706, travel through Ashford.

From Seattle or Portland, once past Ashford, drive about 2.4 miles and look for the sign for FR52/Skate Creek Road. Turn right onto Kernahan Road, Which turns into Skate Creek Road. Skate Creek Road turns into Forest Road 52. Drive 4.7 miles to the junction with Forest Road 84 and turn right.

Continue along FR84, which is a dirt road and in 4.2 miles you reach the junction for FR8420, stay left on FR84.

At about 6.8 miles, you come to the junction for FR8440. Turn right and go uphill on the dirt road for about 2.6 miles.

After driving 9.5 miles from Hwy 706, you come around a large hairpin turn. Parking is at this wide spot in the road.

No permits are needed to park at the trailhead.
There may be a better route using FR85, but I couldn’t find it at the time of this review.

No restrooms are at the trailhead. The nearest restrooms are at Ashford.

Trail:
High Rock Overlook Trail #266.with connection to Allen Mountain Trail #253.

There are no geocaches along this trail.

Trail Maps:
Topo MapDownload Garmin .gpx file

Length and Elevation:
3.4 miles round trip. Elevation gain 1,375 feet and about 30 feet of loss. Total gain and loss is 2,810 feet. Elevation at the trailhead is 4,320 feet, the high point of the trail is 5,685 feet.

Review: July 14, 2013.
High Rock Overlook Trail is an out and back trail with a potential loop.

The trail starts out by climbing through Huckleberries and Bear Grass. The trail is basically along Sawtooth Ridge which is fairly sandy and the forest is fairly open. There are views of the forested ridge off to your left.

The trail soon makes a pair of switchbacks and then comes out along the top of the ridge, following the spine of the ridge through a heavy forest that doesn’t afford views of the nearby mountain ridges.

The trail starts to get steeper after the first .5 mile. At about .6 mile the trail gets very steep as it continues to follow the ridge without switchbacks. The forest is still pretty dense along here. In July Beargrass and Lupine dot the trail. You can see this trail hasn’t had as much maintenance as it should have because the trail is in a fairly deep rut on a couple of the uphill portions. Luckily the trail is on the side of the ridge and the water can easily flow off the trail.

After a bit the trail levels off for a short distance and even drops down a few feet, passing a wooden bench where you can sit down and take a rest. All too soon you begin climbing again along the spine of the ridge.

After climbing steadily for 1.25 miles, you reach the first nice viewpoint of Mt. Rainier and the destination of the hike. You can see the fire lookout perched near the edge of a sheer cliff.

In about 1.5 miles from the trailhead, the trail passes an old cabin that has fallen down and in a few more feet, comes out onto a monolithic rock with the lookout on the top. Follow wherever convenient up to the lookout. The lookout was built in 1929 and is one of the three remaining lookouts in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and is open to visitors.

The north side of the rock ends in a 600 foot cliff, then about 1,000 foot drop down to Cora Lake. After exploring the fire lookout and nearby viewpoints overlooking Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Rainier, you can either go back the way you came, or make a bit of a scramble along the cliff edge back down to the trail. Looping along the cliff takes some effort, be careful not to slip on the loose rocks, but there are nice views of the fire lookout and Mt. Rainier along this way trail.

The loop heads steeply down a rock slope towards pillar of rock jutting into the air. Just before you drop down into the swale in front of the stone pillar, cut off to the right and look for any boot path that drops down to the trail nearby.

This loop option is not for small children  because it is steep, at the edge of a cliff, and the footing can be slippery on the loose rocks. If you have problems negotiating steep slopes with loose rocks do not take this loop option, but return to the trailhead using the main trail.


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