Observation Trail to Observation Peak is a 12.6 mile out and back trail located near Stevenson, Washington that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from July until September.
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.