Observation Peak via Observation Trail #132

HARD 17 reviews

Observation Peak via Observation Trail #132 is a 13.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Carson, Washington that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 13.2 miles Elevation Gain: 3,280 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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over grown
4 months ago

This is a very wonderful hike! Very pretty, very easy to moderate. The trail is very well marked. It's overgrown in some places. There are lots of bees, which I love! Spectacular views from the peak of all five mountains. If you want water, try Soda Peak Lake. Observation only has a couple of creeks along the way. Parking requires a Northwest Forest Pass. 13 miles, 5.5 hours moving time. Would love to do this again!

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over grown
6 months ago

Long trail. If doing the loop, go clockwise, and come down observation trial. Easy to lose the trail on the way up, observation trial is well marked. Pretty well shaded but gets warm late in the day. Poles do help with how steep the trail is.

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8 months ago

Little bit of snow covering the trail on the last mile to the top on the north facing side. Clear on 5/11/19... could see St. Helens, Rainer, Goat Rocks, Adam, Hood and Jefferson from the peak. Trail is closer to 13.5 miles round trip (at least that’s what what GPS said)

hiking
8 months ago

A great hike! snow at the top.

Welp, saying this was an adventure would be a bit of an understatement. As you can see with the recording, I decided to try my luck on the longer loop and ran into a few hurdles along the way

Tue Oct 16 2018

Solid hike. Great forest and the view of the S side of St. Helens and the N side of Mt Hood are worth the trek for sure. There is also a shortcut to this trail that cuts your trek from a 12+ round trip to maybe a 5. The parking spot/trail head for the shortcut is on the north side of the area. Worth the research if your pressed for time or daylight.

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Mon Jul 09 2018

Beautiful hike. My walking club & I hike up the Trapper Creek trail & down this one. The view was beautiful & observation trail was easier than the Trapper Creek trail. Trail was a steady decline going down & only a few spots that you needed sure footing where some slides had occurred in the past. Absolutely stunning, would make one suggestion, don’t climb it in 80 degree weather & if you do bring lots of water.

Sun Mar 11 2018

I'm sure it's fantastic... I was prepared for some snow traverse on the trail, but what I didn't expect was for the snow traverse. AWD SUV, and I decided I had better turn it around on the single lane fire road with about 13 miles to go. A couple vehicles had previously passed and left a hard pack, but the snow was up to a foot in some places. No-go for this pretend SUV.

Mon Jul 03 2017

Love this one.

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Mon Sep 21 2015

Did this trail yesterday and learned that sometimes trail maps lie about mileage. We started with the Observation Peak trail (#132) and recommend doing the trail in this order. We prefer to get the hard inclines early on. We reached the summit in about the time we expected.The trail is absolutely gorgeous, and was the steady climb we expected As the available maps seemed to suggest that the summit was at or near the midpoint, we lunched there and expected a relatively steady hike back down the Trapper Creek side. The Trapper Creek side is equally as beautiful as the Observation Peak side, and has some spectacular features. This is not a trail for children. There are many places that require somewhat ginger footing on a trail that is in places as narrow as 8 inches wide. All in all it is a magnificent hike, just know ahead of time that the loop is a little over 17 1/2 miles long, not the 13.1 that the map at the trail head purports.

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Sun Jun 24 2018