Buck Creek Trail (Mt. Adams Ranger District) is a 2.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Stevenson, WA that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, birding, and mountain biking and is accessible from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Trout Lake: Follow Highway 80 north to the forest boundary. Continue on 80 to Forest Route 31. Take 31 approximately one mile west to the trailhead. Once in the national forest, follow signs to Horse Camp, then go just a bit beyond for the Trail 54 trailhead.
great fairly flat trail with nice bridges. I did this trail in conjunction with 39,73,40,and 38 trails to make a big loop. along buck creek it is very green and shaded for the most part. If you venture up to Crofton ridge (trail 73) you end up in the burnt forest, with lots of hazard trees to watch for.
The creek(s) that follow this trail are just lovely. This is the quietest hiking I've done in a long while; absolutely no traffic sounds and when we were there, we didn't spot another human. The trail is mostly easy with 2-3 short, medium-grade slopes. Incredible array of mushrooms in November.
There were several spots that had trees blown down, blocking the path, but they were pretty easy to go over/around. Also we saw a few patches of snow in the lower area near the creek.