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Best trails in Carson

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Looking for a great trail near Carson, Washington? AllTrails has 25 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Beacon Rock State Park or Guy W. Talbot State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Shepperd's Dell State Natural Area or Moulton Falls Park. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 12 hard trails in Carson ranging from 4.3 to 16.7 miles and from 108 to 4,940 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Dog Mountain Trail
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 4 h 20 m
A straight and steady leg-burner of a hike with some nice payoff up-top. Permits are required on Saturdays & Sundays March 31 - July 1 for each individual hiker. $5 per vehicle at Dog Mountain trailhead, all year round. America the Beautiful Access Passes (the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass) are accepted here.Show more
#2 - Lower Falls Creek Trail
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 39 m
Please note that the parking lot near this trail has been reported closed due to fire damage, but the trail can be accessed by hiking in.Show more
#3 - Wind Mountain Trail
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 57 m
From the parking area walk down the gravel road a shot ways till you reach the trailhead on the right. The trail head is not marked by the name of the hike but a sign warning against spreading seeds. This is a moderately steep hike with an average grade of 14%. The trail is not well maintained with plenty of fallen logs and some parts of the trail that partially slid out. However there is no risk of sliding down the hill, it is a safe hike. At the summit there are nice views of neighboring Dog Mountain and the town of Carson. There is a map located on top showing a small loop at the summit that shows the viewpoints. It's short distance to a great lookout makes this a great family destination, especially when one considers the history From the trailhead the trail should be easy to spot on the South side of the dirt road turnout. The trail almost immediately turns eastward as it gains elevation steadily for a quarter mile or so. Watch for a spur trail to the left just before the main trail turns southward. The spur decends sharply down to a to a great East-facing viewpoint. Leash pets and take little ones by the hand, as there are a few sharp drop-offs. Return to the main trail as it again starts climbing moderately steeply for the next mile or so. You will cross a talus slope a few times as the long sweeping switchbacks cross it. Eventually the trail levels out to a forest with a high canopy. You are nearing the summit at this point. Continue another 1/4 mile and you'll come across a large sign describing the cultural and historical significance of this mountain as a spirit quest site. The sign informs you that sections of the summit are closed to hikers: This archaelogical site is extremely fragile. Just walking over it will damage important cultural features. Therefore, the USDA Forest Service has closed the site to hikers. All visitors must stay on the trail or within designated areas shown on the map. It isn't long before you reach the summit. The summit does not have a 360 view, but you'll find the designated viewing areas afford you spectactular views to the East and to the West. Looking East you have a great perspective of Dog Mountain. To the south across the Columbia River you will see Mitchell Point. Following the horizon toward the East you see Mount Defiance, the highest mountain in the gorge. Looking West down the Columbia River you might spot Indian Point, a rock sphire along the Oregon side. On the Washingon side, due West you will be Table Mountain and Greenleaf Peak. On a clear day, look to your Northwest and spot Mount Saint Helens. Show more
#4 - Panther Creek Falls Trail 137
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 12 m
Panther Creek Falls is one of the most unique waterfalls in Skamania County. There are 2 tiers of segmented waterfalls, 50-70 feet in height. They both empty into the same basin. To reach the TH drive the Wind River Road 5.8 miles about 500 ft from the TH.Show more
#5 - Starvation Ridge and Warren Lake Trail
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Length: 11.3 mi • Est. 7 h 58 m
Note: Starvation Ridge Cut-off trail #1414B, managed by Oregon State Parks, is closed due to a washout on the trail. Starvation Ridge Trail 414 is still accessible via Mt. Defiance Trail #413. For more information, please see https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/crgnsa/recarea/?recid=29984#:~:text=Starvation%20Ridge%20Cut%2Doff%20trail,Defiance%20Trail%20%23413.&text=This%20is%20a%20difficult%20and,feet%20in%20just%204%20miles.Show more
#6 - Grassy Knoll Trail
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 1 h 31 m
#7 - Falls Creek Trail Winter Route
Carson, Washington
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Length: 8.5 mi • Est. 4 h 10 m
#8 - Dog Mountain Inner Loop
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 4 h 39 m
#9 - Big Huckleberry Mountain
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
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Length: 10.4 mi • Est. 6 h 10 m
#10 - Augspurger Mountain Trail
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
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Length: 11.5 mi • Est. 7 h 37 m
Self registration/ car fee: $5Show more
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