1000 Puddles Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Acme, Washington that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, bird watching, fishing, and fly fishing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.7 miles Elevation Gain: 200 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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fishing

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bird watching

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river

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muddy

Great trail for a nice quiet hike. Nothing too strenuous. Great for kids though it can be muddy in parts even in the summer and VERY muddy in the rainy parts of the year. There are several places where you can access the river. There is a fork about .5 miles in to avoid what is at least a swamp and often a full pond. On the way back make sure you don't go straight or you will have to come back unless you brought your waders.

hiking
muddy
7 days ago

I accidentally parked past the gate Thankfully was not locked in! It was a nice hike but fairly muddy. We were able to sit by the river and enjoy a lunch.

hiking
11 days ago

Trail condition is good, some muddy spots the farther you get up the trail but not soupy. There is maintenance work going on up the road from the gate, so make sure to park outside the gate if it is open so you don't get locked in. The fork to the swampy area is very overgrown, and obviously not the main trail.

muddy
22 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

It was great and nice only problem is the muddy patches. Ugh it was horrible. So bring boots

hiking
muddy
25 days ago

A nice easy trail that follows along the river. There are muddy spots and water crossings, but nothing that should prevent you from completing the trail.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

one of my new favorite short hikes. kids and dogs loved it! packed a lunch and sat down by the river. a few muddy spots and a small water crossing but besides that easy and beautiful

If you're prepared for a little mud and minor water crossings farther down the trail, it's well worth it.

hiking
bridge out
muddy
4 months ago

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

Hit this trail in late October, after a week of rain. Had planned to take a neighboring trail, but it was closed. This trail is pretty easy, with little elevation. Several fallen trees across the trail which actually made it kinda fun. Saw several bald eagles and a herd of elk. Be prepared to cross rushing water on a log, and navigate running water on the trail and big muddy areas. A fun day out along the River. Bring your waterproof boots!

recorded 1000 Puddles Trail

hiking
blowdown
muddy
over grown
7 months ago

This trail should have been called 1000 muddy puddles because that’s basically what it was. Not well-maintained at all and very wet/muddy in many places. Also one section with about 5 to 6 small to medium trees blown onto the trail that we had to scramble over. Very little to no elevation gain. Views of the river were really nice but large sections of the trail aren’t anywhere near it.

walking
muddy
over grown
9 months ago

Flat and muddy, even in the summer, but it is a nice quiet stroll along the South Fork riverbottom that I imagine in spring is loaded with birds for those so inclined. NOTE: Wear long pants, as the stinging nettles are common and VICIOUS!

hiking
muddy
over grown
9 months ago

horseback riding
muddy
over grown
11 months ago

A little overgrown by the salmon berries and raspberries but overall a great ride. Had access to the river at several points and saw a group of elk cross the river. Tons of snakes and chipmunks along our way. Only encountered one hiker during the ride so it was very nice. Unfortunately a group of weird people pulled up right when I was leaving and seemed to be up to no good. Watch out for weirdos! (Portlandia reference, anyone?!?)

walking
Tue May 28 2019

there was a small pull off to park right before the turn to the blocked bridge. trail was very easy to walk and almost completely covered this time of year with shade. (end of may). there was a couple spots you could get to the river at and walk around in too. thought it was a great walk that we'd definitely take again.

hiking
bugs
muddy
Sat May 11 2019

Let me first say that we’ve had several days of hot and dry weather. I’m sure this is why the trail wasn’t muddier like people normally complain about. There were still some muddy places, but nothing too crazy. The stinging nettles were present as well, but easily avoided; I did the entire hike in shorts and never got hit.

walking
Thu Jul 05 2018

Nice lightly used trail. Very over grown at the moment with nettles and the like so wear the right clothes. Lots of elk prints on the trail. Lots of places to veer of and go down to the river.

walking
Tue Mar 20 2018

yes it might be almost 5 miles long but it is a walk in the park good for beginning hikers dogs and with physical limitations

hiking
Sat Mar 03 2018

cute little hike for kids and is along the river, does get muddy and I would advise extra socks with shoes for the comfortable car ride home.

hiking
Thu Sep 14 2017

It's a very nice hike with light traffic. I only saw one other person while I was there.

Thu Jul 06 2017

thousand nettels beware...

hiking
Mon Aug 15 2016

Walked the trail on Saturday 8/13. Was pretty hot out. There was a lot of evidence of recent trail repair on the first half of the trail before the clear cut part. It was kind of confusing after the clear cut where the trail veers off to the left and goes to the river. The right hand trail was not marked on this map and on the way back had to do some trail blazing to find the original trail. Otherwise ok trail and at least was less than 1000 puddles.

hiking
Fri Jun 12 2015

Nice and easy trail for kids with fun little water crossings. Pretty scenery along the river. Ran into a couple of horseback riders and they mentioned there have been lots of bear sightings so use cuation on this trail.

hiking
Wed Sep 18 2013

This is one of my favorite trails. A nice easy hike along the river. You can hit the river from the trail in 2 or 3 places and fish if you wanted. It can get pretty muddy though and there is 1 or 2 creek crossings so waterproof shoes and a good hiking stick are both helpful. There was one spot about a mile in or so where a tree had blown down but it was easy to get around. Kids will love this trail.

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