Explore the most popular river trails in Washington State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful! Steep to start. Worth the climb

2 months ago

I absolutely loved this trail! We just hiked the full trail over the weekend and I'm glad we went when we did. The spring wildflowers were in full bloom all along the path. Although my favorite part was at the bottom of the 1000 Steps junction where all the violets and bluebells covered the ground. This is one I will definitely hike again.

3 months ago

I took my dog hiking on a Tuesday here and didn't see another person on the trail the entire 6.4 miles we were out. It's very peaceful (aside from a small section near the roads) and there is a nice mix between wooded and open areas. There are also a couple spots that offer nice views. I finished the 6.4 miles in 3.5 hours and I'm a bit out of shape so I'm confident anyone can complete this hike. There are some rocky areas but they weren't that bad. This park is very well kept and has clean facilities. The office staff were all very friendly as well.

Great trail run!

paddle sports
6 months ago

Fun little section with the put in and take out less than a mile apart. Great section for quick trips when you just need to get in the water and mess around

8 months ago

Wouldn't consider the trail to be rated as difficult - it is more of a moderate. Relatively steep, but the steps give you solid footing.

on 1000 steps trail

8 months ago

Trail is marked as hard. I would consider it moderate. Nice trail though. Nice views...

8 months ago

Very nice loop trail with a variety of terrain and scenery. Completed this in the evening in a little less than 3 hours. Some parts of the trail are very close to roads and traffic, but other parts are very quiet and private. The old cabin ruins and and geology is very interesting. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. Total recorded mileage was 6.3 miles for the whole loop.

I really enjoyed this hike. Covers a large portion of the park. Pretty scenery...

Monday, August 14, 2017

Pretty decent hill at the beginning, nice overlook area but a lot of the trail is near the sounds of civilization; swimming pool, roads, tractors.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Great trail! Definitely keep a close eye on any little ones you bring though. The rocks can be very slippery and there are some steep drop offs. The views are beautiful from the lookout!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Terrain fairly rugged. Lots of steps and incline. Not easy!

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Moderately rugged trail. There is a hidden cave off the track worth visiting.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

I just found this gem after moving to Jeff Co. I dont find the difficulty very hard as my 3 year old did the hike pretty quickly and with more ease than most hikes we usually do. We did the hike mid March and it was still very beautiful.

Monday, February 27, 2017

The hill is steep and the rocks are slick. Not a bad hike for my first one

Monday, February 06, 2017

Not a long trail but very impressive with all the steps - has a nice overlook area also.

Monday, February 06, 2017

Very nice trail - did not see anyone else on the trail but the section near the road was very loud with car noise. There are a lot of different types of areas on this trail - this trail also overlaps with the Opossum Track Trail and the 1000 steps trail - it also passes by the petroglyphs area where you can stop off at.

Monday, February 06, 2017

This was a nice trail - very large hill near the beginning if you start at trailhead located across the street from the Thunderbird lodge but after that it was very easy to hike on

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

spent he afternoon with wife.
trail took close to two hours, very easy to follow.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

FYI - Trailhead starts at the lodge for those looking for it. I had to do a bit of driving around to find it, and the state park maps were not of much assistance.

Maybe I'm hard to impress, but to me, this was just an average hike. It was a clean trail with relatively well-marked blazes. It was fall, so the dropped leaves sometimes made it difficult to find the trail.

All in all, it's a nice hike, I wouldn't consider it difficult. It's a tad long for some. But really from an elevation gain, I did not find myself out of breath while hiking.

Some neat rocks and geological features along the trail as well as some overlooks. I could hear the roads and local gun range while hiking, so that took a little bit of the "getting away" feeling that I typically want. But, the trail itself was not busy at all and only ran into one other hiker.

I also agree with the rocks and tree roots. If you're new to hiking or have weak ankles, this is a trail you might want to consider some footgear with some support or take trekking poles.

If you want something to test out your new backpack\boots and trekking poles on, and don't want to get too far away from your car\civilization where you're hurting or lugging something you hate, this is your trail.

I'd give it 3.5 stars if I could.

on Rocky Woods Trail

Thursday, September 29, 2016

One word. Awesome! Trail was very clean and well marked. My only issue was that I was looking down A LOT. Someone else mentioned that this was the trail to sprain an ankle. I agree! Take it easy and be careful on this trail.

All in all I highly recommend this trail to anyone and everyone.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Hard Climb and then a lot of downhill. Great views.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Nice and short, challenging with all the big steps. Steps made for a different hike.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Nice trail, leaves are still on the trees but it did offer pretty nice views. Rocky and steep in sections, but overall made for a nice walk.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Great short hike. good workout. all easy after the climb. Nice view 2/3 the way up.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Really enjoyed this hike! I disagree with the hard rating. If you have done serious hiking and/or backpacking this hike will be more moderate. There are no switchbacks. It's well marked, but 3/4 into the hike the trail abruptly ends at an outdoor pavilion. It picks up again and the other side of the pavilion, on the right. However, you won't see the orange blaze until you go down the trail a little. The steepest part is after this, when it connects to the 1,000 Steps Trail. However, it's all downhill. The trail ends at the trail head sign for 1,000 Steps, which faces the lodge. I found the trail beautiful and was happily surprised by a section with wild roses!

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Just stopped by to see it, nice enough. People please, please follow Leave No Trace, there are sections littered with trash. It takes away from the experience for everyone.

I'll update my review once we get on the river.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Very difficult to do the whole thing. 1,000 Steps Trail was closed but it was the only way back so we did it anyway. First, it is a trail that is constant steep descends and ascends. Lots of medium to large size rocks that are pointy, slick, shaky, unstable and jetting up out of everywhere. Tree roots, too. If ever there were a trail to sprain your ankle on, this is it. Ending with 1,000 steps is super challenging. This made The Chubb seem like no big deal. Great way to burn 4,000 calories. Not for beginners or people without strong will. Great for training, though. Carried 50 lb pack and found it to be great training.

Good hike. some steep areas with loose rock. the Rocky wilderness trail combines with the 1000 steps trail for a loop. right now the 1000 steps trail is closed due to a fallen tree on the trail and poor trail conditions from all the rain in that area recently. I would suggest you bring hiking poles with you if you have them. It will make the steep areas easier to climb and coming down easier also. Definitely wear hiking boots and layer clothes. I would bring bug spray for the summer, lots of mosquito's.

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