Looking for a great trail in Trapper Creek Wilderness, Washington? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails, forest trails, wild flowers trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 3 hard trails in Trapper Creek Wilderness ranging from 8.3 to 16.7 miles and from 1,151 to 4,212 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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13 days ago

Big tall pines and nice secluded lake. Hiked with +6 inches of snow at the top and it was beautiful.

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bridge out
flooded
washed out
27 days ago

Pretty bad crossing, I would be prepared to get wet. Otherwise, fun lap!

Beautiful trail that is heavily wooded and secluded. I didn’t see anyone all day until i headed back and ran in to another hiker and their dog. I sketchily made it up the road from carson in my Prius. I’m grateful i read the review and took the easy route. I will totally do this again. I would rate it on the easier side of moderate. If you’re up for a side hike Sister rock is off to the right when you see the first boulder lookout. It was only another 0.6 to the rock. Amazing views all around. I stayed at the top for like 45 minutes enjoying the sun.

Great day hike. We hiked this counter-clockwise in mid-November. My Garmin reported the hike as 15.6 miles long. The Trail to Observation Peak was in good shape and easy to follow. The trail climbed relentlessly, but wasn't too steep. The view from Observation creek was fantastic. We took the Trapper Creek trail back down, and it wasn't in as good a shape. It was easy to follow most of the time, but we had three spots where the trail was a bit hard to follow. Not bad though. There were several creek crossings, but nothing bad. Our boots stayed dry all day. We didn't encounter any snow yet. The road to the trailhead is in good shape.

We lucked out on weather, great view of 5 mountains. Seemed longer than 5 miles but worth it. Coming from Carson, you can only see the back of the sign for trail head. We earned our beers at the conveniently located Backwoods Brewery.

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blowdown
2 months ago

Awesome trail with the last mile to the lake a bite of a 'thigh burner', but the view is worth it! I only ran into one other hiker on the trail since it is about to close for the season. The quiet, serenity and views was breathtaking were breathtaking! Did this hike last year at the same time, and it was beautiful to see the lake not completely frozen over! But, I need to get to the trailhead earlier to make it to the summit next time!

Great trail, the view at the top was epic! Can view 5 mountains in one hike. So great!

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bugs
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3 months ago

Hiked Soda Peaks Lake trail via Trapper Creek Trail. 10/7/19. 1 other vehicle at Trapper Creek Trailhead when I started at 5:45am. 9.81 miles with 2723ft elevation gain. Bathroom at this TH. Big spacious parking lot. Road getting in has a few potholes, but is short. Has trash can. You must fill out a self issue permit for this wilderness. You need to have an America the Beautiful pass, or a Northwest Forrest pass, or pay a day use fee. Would not recommend this hike for young children and this trail is not handicap accessible. Trapper Creek is moderate hiking, when you get to the log at Soda Peaks trail it starts to climb (moderate to difficult hike). There are only a few spots where the trail flattens out a bit, trail does not stop climbing till a little before the lake. I just hiked to the first two camp spots at the lake as there was rain in the forecast the day I went and I did not want to descend in the rain. There are fallen trees on trail. Also Creek crossings that you can rock hop across this time of year. Saw no one on the trails, but when I got back to my car there were two new cars in the lot.

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3 months ago

9/30/19 15.26 miles with 3261ft elevation gain in 10hrs 18 mins total time and 9hrs 23 mins moving time only stopped for a total of 55minutes. Started at the Trapper Creek trailhead at 6am solo. Took the Dry Creek trail 194 (pretty flat with some small inclines, trail is in good condition in dense Forrest.) going in. Then took Big Hollow trail 158 (uphill trail in good condition till less than a mile from the bear camp trail junction where there is thick bushes covered in snow on a narrow trail. I had to crawl on my hands and knees to get through these, also could be easy to loose trail in the bushes. Snow starts a mile or two from bear camp junction.) Bear camp has a couple of good camp spots. At the trail junction I took the Observation trail (in good condition gradual decline with some snow on ground and some treewhacking) south to Trapper Creek Trail 192 (trail starts out with a gradual decline then turns steep, narrow, switchback decline with obstacles on trail. Hiker only trail.) On the Trapper Creek trail in the steep area there is a beautiful waterfall in a huge slide area, it is a must see! None of the Creek crossings have man made bridges (rock hopping and log crossings) in place, one Creek crossing had a washed out bridge. Lots of shrooms on the trails. Several good camping spots next to water sources on the trapper Creek trail. Couple of bridges over small creeks on the Dry Creek trail. Would not recommend this big loop hike for small children and the trails are not handicap friendly. Saw no one on the trails till I was close to the parking area (heard people on the dry Creek trail). Made it back to my car at 4:04pm. Someone from a previous day had not secured the lid on the trashcan at the bathroom, so critters got into the trash. I picked up the majority of the trash and secured the lid back on.

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4 months ago

5.9 TH to lake. Solid workout.

Great trail, very remote. Now that it’s cooling off, I’d recommend wearing pants. Parts of the trail are slightly overgrown or tall brush. Easy to follow the trail though. Steep inclines, and what you climb, you have to get down. Worth it for the peaceful lake at the end.

Backpacked the loop counterclockwise. Did the majority on the first day, camped along Trapper Creek, then had an easy hike out in the morning. Few bugs and even fewer people -- surprising for a beautiful Labor Day weekend. Like others are saying, the switchbacks on the Trapper Creek side of the loop (~halfway between Berry Camp and Deer Cutoff) are narrow and steep; I definitely had to be mindful with a large pack on. Generally speaking, Observation Peak side felt like steadier elevation changes while Trapper Creek side had steeper ups/downs. Tip - don't take the Deer Cutoff, stay on Trapper Creek. Some of the prettiest old-growth is on that section.

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4 months ago

5.2 miles to the lake from the trailhead. Great hike through with some old growth trees and views of Mt Hood on the return.

Yes a lot of mosquitoes! Bring extra strength stuff! My 8 yo son and I attempted this trail, but the bugs were just too much even with bug spray! The trail has areas that are not wide and bushy so make sure you wear long pants or something to protect your legs. There is no cell service up there so make sure you plan.

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bugs
5 months ago

plenty of elevation gain and lots of mosquitoes. :)

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5 months ago

Cloudy day- no view. Still great hike!

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