Big Huckleberry Mountain is a 11 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Carson, WA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from March until November.
Here's where to find the description and a trail map: http://www.portlandhikersfieldguide.org/wiki/Big_Huckleberry_Mountain_Hike
Agree with the pothole descriptions and the rating. Did a trail run there in October in the rain so I missed the flowers, but only bumped into 2 people (with rifles, wear orange!) over the 10+ miles. Trail is nicely groomed and easy to find once parked however to clarify; it starts on the opposite side of the parking. Don't be confused about left and right in the description. No wildlife to see other than birds however that could be secondary to people shooting. If you are looking for views, don't go when the fog and rain set in. Overall, good trail. Enjoy!
Backpacked from Crest Horse camp to Rd 2000~30 miles on Memorial Day weekend. The section from the Big Lava Bed to Big Huckleberry Mt was amazing! Beautiful, beautiful forest, lots of wildflowers and easy walking. No water after the spring till Trout Creek, almost 11 miles.
Longer, harder, and infinitely more rewarding than Dog Mountain, your legs will feel this one. And it's worth every step: the vast mountain meadows and wildflower displays are almost Rainier-calibre. It's within 30 minutes of Dog, and you don't have to dodge trail runners and tourists while parking and hiking. It's also out there enough that you just might run into an elk or black bear. Conveniently, both species are highly intelligent and detest tourists and trail runners. They like hikers, though--they think hikers are *the* coolest.
Though the overall elevation gain is only 1400, it's all ups and downs and you end-up with about 3000ft of total gain. It's no Mt. Defiance, but it's a burner for sure. It's also 100% worth it.
And if you're sick of seeing Hood everywhere you go in The Gorge, how about some impressive views of Adams instead? They abound. But don't worry, you can still have your Hood shots. You can take 'em from a 10 acre mountain meadow replete with wildflowers so lush you'll swear you were in The Sound of Music. H£ll, there's a lot of wilderness up there: Julie Andrews just might pop-out from behind a rock.
Getting there, there are lots of sizable potholes on the final two miles of (gravel) road. Your Subaru will be fine, your lowrider will not. Sell that thing already: no one likes your six-foot spoiler anyhow. Then buy your new Subaru, wear Danners and flannel, and annoy everyone you know with your newfound (and pompous) outdoorsiness. At least that'll be less offensive than your giant "performance" muffler, right?