Silver Creek Trail #258

EASY 3 reviews

Silver Creek Trail #258 is a 7.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Packwood, Washington that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,512 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

hiking

forest

views

mountain biking
1 month ago

Although I have lived around here for 25 years, this was the first time I noticed it on the map and decided to go check it out. What a great surprise! I parked on Skate Creek Road and rode a bike to the trailhead. The trailhead is clearly marked and the entire length of the trail is well-delineated and easy to follow. It traverses through many different types of forests (reproduction, old growth, second growth) and has a really nice character to it. I rode it on my bike. It was strenuous to ride uphill, but I only needed to come out of the pedals 3-4 times on the way up. There are some good views near the top. The ride down was great. It wasn't just a complete brake-riding experience on the way down. The trail was narrow, but had a nice flow. It would make a great traverse to continue to the Allen Mountain trail, then the Sawtooth trail out Osbourne Mountain. Take a lunch on that one. - Stefan

hiking
7 months ago

Lots of snow, had to park on the main road and hike to the TH. Trail was untouched with deep snow in some areas, easy to navigate still. snowshoes would be highly recommended!

hiking
Friday, October 28, 2016

The TH is located at 46.70228, -121.81456.
Directions from Ashford, WA: Hwy 706 East toward Mt Rainier NP, Turn right on NF 52, turn right on NF 5240. About 1/2 mile turn right up the hill (46.69611, -121.81017; it's in the first sharp right bend in a rock pile area), TH on the left. Plenty of parking and space for camping. Road was well maintained.
Because of time constraints I only went in about 2 miles, the trail is probably a little over 4 miles one way. It extends from NF 5240 to NF 8460. The portion of the trail I walked was Easy, great for taking the kids out. It follows the creek to Bear Meadows (about 3/4 mile in) then crosses over and goes into the forest. There are several small water falls and rapids in the creek (we've just had a lot of rain). The trail is easy to follow, but I believe it sees rare use, the only signs of use were deer tracks following the trail.