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Cook Hill Loop is a 8.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bingen, Washington that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.4 mi Elevation gain 2,906 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Bird watching Running Forest River Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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Lilly Glass Akoto
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Hiking

I want to submit a review as without others' comments, I never would have found the trailhead and completed this trek!! So first off, when you get to the little gravel turn out (on your right) park and then cross the road back to Jackson Rd (on the right), follow to the "end" (it is a gradual incline) and you will see a path to the right. There are no signs...that is the trailhead! The trail is marked hard for a reason! Very little relief on the trek up, especially if you go counter-clockwise (recommended for easier trekking down). There are pretty views and the forest is pleasant. I'm sure it is prettier in summer and spring ;) My fitbit tracked 9.5 miles and I did this in about 4 hours!!

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Nikolay Ryzhenko
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Ranjith Mahalikudi
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Ashley Rothacker
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Nice views and we were pretty much the only ones on the trail on a Sunday. The downside is the trail isn’t maintained well so a lot of walking through bushes and a ton of poison oak.

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Mike See
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Kyler Stole
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HikingOver grown

This hike was way more strenuous than I expected. The trail has large sections of very steep mixed with some smaller segments of moderately steep. Even with very decent tree and cloud cover, I was sweating like crazy. The trail was fairly overgrown overall. Some sections were almost wading through vegetation, while others sections were nicely open and you just had to watch out for branches and twigs and head level. I know poison oak and ticks are a concern, but the annoying thing when I went were the plants at leg level with extremely sticky spores that grab hold of hairy legs. I paused every so often to pluck them off, but do bring pants (I wore pants on the way down when I wasn't overheating). For that matter, also bring poles because the descent is steep and prolonged. Really nice view of Mt Adams and surrounding area from the power station on top, but it's worth continuing on the loop (assuming you're going clockwise) to get better views of the Columbia River and Mt Hood. There are a lot of roads/trails crisscrossing so I relied on the GPS to find the right one to continue the loop, especially because that part of the trail was almost entirely overgrown. Best part: We were the ONLY ONES on the trail on a Saturday! Dog Mountain will have a much better maintained trail, but comparable views, so if you know it's a busy day and you're willing to put up with inferior trail condition, this is the one.

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David Humphrey
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Could not find the view of Rainier that Ali Sapa's review mentioned even though we followed the lids until they stopped (did they mean Mt. Hood?) Otherwise nice challenging hike with good views.

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Ali Sapa
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Excellent. Will be back for SURE. Also to note this is NOT an 11.2 mile hike. It’s more of 8.5ish. To get to the trail park across from Jackson Road (south side of Cook Underwood Road -gravel turn out) DO NOT park ANYWHERE on Jackson Road - this is a private road. Go to the end of Jackson road and there is a dirt road (abandoned logging road) heading west. Steep hike up it very easy road to follow. Once you get the the split I highly suggest going CLOCKWISE. It’s steep but shaded. Once you get to the top it’s a patched, developed BPA site. Beautiful views of Mount Rainier. IF you want even a better view head into the BPA facility and you’ll see a fenced in area. Huge the west side (left) and there will be a trail on the other side of the fence. Follow this for a mile or so and it’ll bring you to an open meadow full of wildflowers (as of July 3rd) and excellent unobstructed views of Rainier. This additional part is pretty overgrown but follow the cab lids nailed to the trees and it’s SUPER easy. (See picture) Definitely heavy poison oak and stinging nettles. Pants are recommended. Very dog friendly. Once again clockwise would be my suggestion. Steep in the shade and then descent in the open meadows. Also in the own meadows if the trail is hard to find just huge the tree line and it’ll pop back up!

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Mosoko M
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HikingBugsOver grown

Pretty trail... I didn’t use enough bug repellent... they were swarming down on me my whole hike. I didn’t do the full loop, just to to the top and back down. It’s steeper than it looks in some areas. I’ll come back and do the full loop sometime with more repellant.

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Sid Bruckert-Frisk
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beautiful flowers!

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Christina Markin
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Hiked Cook Hill 12/24/19 8.24 miles with 2860ft elevation gain. Parking area is almost right across from Jackson Road (private property) on the side of cook-underwood road, on the right hand side. There are no signs here or on the loop trail. There are no bathrooms here. Parking free and enough for 5 to 10 vehicles. To start trail; first road across from parking area on your right, then first road on your right with a white wooden blockade. Make sure you have a map of the area as it is easy to get lost on some areas of the trail, especially if you start in the dark. This trail is not young children or handicap friendly if doing the loop as there is steep narrow sections, the path is uneven, there are stream crossings, poison oak and blowdowns/debris on trail. The two stream crossings are are on the old logging road heading up. The cairn is an arrow made of sticks and stick/rock cairn for the single track trail to your right if going up counter clockwise. The single track trail was in good condition, most of the way you can tell where the trail is going till you get to the second meadow. The ground was frozen up top so make sure you carry microspikes in the winter. This trail has some steep areas till right before the first radio tower, then it evens out. In the power line area the road you'll want to take to get back to Jackson Road is the second on the left. The old logging road is in good condition with some blowdowns and some steep areas. Like other reviewers I'd suggest doing this trail counter clockwise your first time and would rate it as a hard to expert hike. I will definitely be back to hike in this area So beautiful and great views in the winter. Please remember to pack it in and pack it out.

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Paul Dragulin
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HikingOff trailOver grownPrivate property

Do not park on Jackson street. I think it’s all private property there, the locals don’t like it, and there’s no room anyways. Park right after Jackson street on Cook Underwood road (coming from 14). There is a large turnaround there with lots of room. I recorded the whole loop as 9 miles with 2900 ft elevation gain, not the 11 miles and 4300 ft the description currently says. I found the trail to be a pleasant surprise, especially since other reviewers depicted it as tick-infested and overgrown with poison oak. I did this hike on July 14 2019 and it was lovely. I saw no ticks and although the poison oak demographic well represented in certain districts, I could easily walk past it. Maybe one of the disappointed reviewers came later and poisoned most of the poison oak. I plucked some plants up myself with a cutting stick. There were a few viewpoints and they were all great. Yes, man-made towers and things corrupted the final viewpoint but still the view was spectacular with Mt Rainier, Mt Hood and Hood River. The only real danger I faced was spending too much time at the top viewing the heaven-inspired glory and eating too many wild strawberries. Also, the trail disappeared just short of the Cook Hill summit in the open field. I had to depend on the app to guide me. I did the whole loop, up the east way and down the west. The flowers were plentiful and wonderful. Come and get your blessing.

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Doug Hecker
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HikingBugsNo shadeOff trailOver grown

Not sure there is an actual trail here... looks sort of like an overgrown road infested with ticks. I’d consider the Mosier Plateau as a better alternative. And yes, the Mosier Plateau includes Mosier Falls!

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Joan Hutchinson
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On a busy wildflower weekend we were the only ones on the trail.

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Mike See
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HikingMuddyOff trail
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it's a hard up-hill slog to some great views and amazing meadows. this trail isn't all that well maintained, so it's easy to jump trail. I'd say that, if you just want views and meadows, you can go right at the first junction and do it like an out and back. the loop is really nice, but just sayin'

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Rachel Endsley
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Jon Jenaye
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Bridget Quinn
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Tess Lenk
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