Cooper River Trail

MODERATE 18 reviews
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Cooper River Trail is a 6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ronald, Washington that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1204 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

blowdown

old growth

This riverside trail offers no expansive views and doesn't explore any wildflower meadows or high alpine country. But it does track alongside a beautiful mountain river that sports a healthy population of hungry trout. It also provides ample opportunity to practice your bird-watching. The trip can be done as a one-way hike by shuttling vehicles or by hitching a ride back down the road from Cooper Lake. The trail follows the pretty Cooper River valley upstream to Cooper Lake. The trail stays on the north side of the creek, and at times the valley narrows enough for you to hear (and possibly see) traffic on the road that runs on the other side of the valley. Ignore that interruption as you explore the dense old-growth forest around you.

hiking
3 months ago

It was an easy trail. Hiked up to the lake and back. The dog swam in the lake and we enjoyed the views.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Easy drive to parking lot, only half mile on dirt road at end. Recommend continuing hike 5 minutes down trail across road at turn-around point, for view of Cooper Lake.

horseback riding
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty, easy hike. Dry, shaded, saw deer. Quite close to the river the entire way. Able to easily trail run about half of it without worrying about tripping! Did extend along the Cooper Lake for about .6 miles, not very exciting.

hiking
4 months ago

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Great snowshoe trail and overall awesome day!

hiking
5 months ago

Great easy/moderate hike. Had the trail to myself. No bugs. No mud. Trail is in good condition few trees down but nothing major. I recommend going to the end of cooper lake to check out the view.

hiking
5 months ago

A few trees were down that took a bit of effort to climb over and one group on horses had to turn around due to the tree but overall a pretty easy hike with some beautiful views.

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

snowshoeing
10 months ago

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Great trail with awesome views, even in the rain. Beautiful hike!

horseback riding
Sunday, October 02, 2016

hiking
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

We started at the salmon la sac trail head onto cooper river 1311 trail. This was a 6 mile out and back trail that had plenty of Beauty to offer especially during early fall! Wonderful colors, beautiful peeks of the river along the way where you can see salmon swimming. We even got to see two doe and a buck close to ten feet away. Beautiful hike and was a decent work out for a not too experienced hiker. Would recommend and do this hike again.

hiking
Monday, July 11, 2016

7/10/2016 (Sunday) -- This trail is definite a good one for beginner hikers, dry, gently inclined, river view, shade of woods, not rugged. Paved road stretches to campground, which is very popular on summer weekends, but the unpaved road (about half mile or less) from campground to trailhead has some big potholes. The trailhead (Salmon la Sac) provides access to three Forest Service trails (1311 Cooper River, 1310 Polallie Ridge, 1309 Waptus River). The Cooper River is gorgeous, but can been seen only near the trailhead. This trail seems to be used lightly, but in good condition, providing good solitude.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

hiking
Monday, August 11, 2014

We hiked from the Salmon la Sac Trailhead to the end of the Cooper River Trail and then continued to Cooper Lake & the Owhi Campground via Forest Road and Owhi Trail. There is a vault toilet/restroom at the trailhead. Although the trailhead was packed, most people were playing at the nearby swimming holes and we had the trail almost entirely to ourselves (over the course of 8+ miles we ran into two other couples and a girl on horseback while on the trail). The trail runs high above the river and there are actually only two places where you can easily access the river. Both spots are about 2.5 miles in - but are well worth the hike in and of themselves. It is a quiet and peaceful hike through old growth forest. Lots of shade perfect for a hot August day. The lake and campground are a popular place and we had a lot of company - but we found our own spot and enjoyed a picnic, swimming and fishing. All in all a great way to escape the heat and enjoy a day outdoors! We will be back. Finally, it should be noted that this is NOT a strenuous hike. On a difficulty rating scale from 1 - 5, this is a 2. This may be due to the fact that it is late in the summer, the trail is dry and the fallen trees have been cut away from the trail.