Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Washougal with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
27 days ago

Great short, fairly easy hike with excellent views of St. Helens, Rainier, Adams, Hood and Jefferson. You'll walk through fields of wildflowers for most of the hike. Get out there early to beat the crowds. The last 2 miles of FR 4109 are indeed quite difficult. We drove to the trailhead in a Subaru Outback with few problems. but the going was slow and harrowing in a few parts. I wouldn't attempt it without 4 wheel drive and at least 8" of clearance. Consider a skid plate if your clearance is below 12".

I went on a cloudy day which was kinda nice b/c the trail was empty but also meant we didn't get to see the view from the top. Fun hike with some good elevation gain but know that to get to the trailhead there's a four mile stretch of gravel road which kinda sucks. Definitely wanna go back on a clear day!

Great trail, something for everyone, views, water fall, lots of activity areas, get there early, parking fills up fast.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved it! Great views, good workout!

hiked memorial day weekend and it was a great workout!! incredible views at the top and a very dramatic entrance. 3 distinct sections... 1 mile up 1 mile where it flattens out then 1 mile really up! it is very rocky which was annoying, poles were helpful. Bring sunscreen parts are very exposed. The drive to the trailhead is perfectly fine, no problems in our small car. (did this trailhead because we were scared of the main one) Ton of people at the top but it was a holiday weekend.

Accurately described as hard hike. The wildflowers were beautiful but cloudy at the top ..... we had a great time

Great hike. The roads are accessible with smaller cars. Make sure you buy your vehicle's Washington Discover Pass online at home and print it because there's no cash payment at the parking lot. The views are amazing with mountain goats and wild cats.

Hiked with my 10 mo old in tow. Lower trails were closed but viewpoints at the top were awesome! Lots of switchbacks and pretty steep. Made for a good workout. Can't wait to come back and do the whole loop with the waterfalls included!

backpacking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike with a good level of ascent and descent to keep it interesting but not super challenging. There are a few possible small camping spots along the hike out there, but mostly they're all at or near the summit (which is where the best source of running water is anyway). The sunset at the summit was amazing!

The road out to the TH (NF-41) is a little rough. I was driving a Ford Eco-sport with 4WD and decent clearance and didn't have much of a problem, but a car with average clearance would probably not be able to make it. And 4WD probably isn't completely necessary to make it out there, but I would recommend it. The road conditions were also probably as good as it gets when we went, hadn't rained in quite a while so everything was dry, if it was muddy or snowy at all it would've been a lot more difficult. Also seems like NF-41 is a bit better than the NF-4109 road you take to get to Ed's Trail. Also, its already been said, but don't trust google maps to get you there. It kept trying to take us down the "jeep roads" which can hardly be called roads at all.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, some edges are hazardous. Bring lots of water. Road towards hike has a lot of potholes and your vehicle needs about a 4-5in. of clearance to pass some of the bumps.

05/20/2018 Good hike with multiple viewpoints. Features a decent amount of elevation gain. Trail is somewhat narrow. It can get crowded on the weekends, parking in particular. Lower half of the trail was closed due to falcon mating season. Trail has plenty of shade.

hiking
1 month ago

Always one of my favorites!

Excellent hike, starts with good elevation gain. Has an amphitheatre type location at top the little history of the land.

hiking
1 month ago

Climbed on 22May2018. A little hazy, but Hood, Adams, St Helens and even Rainier could be seen. The trail can be climbed without touching a bit of snow. This one is a butt cheek burner. No switchbacks. The trail is mostly a corridor of trees with a couple exposed areas, but you'll forget that when you see the view from the top. There were a couple Prius at the trail entrance entrance lot. Given a couple of the wash outs, this surprised me. But this means hope for you if you drive a car as low. Drive slow... Oh! Keep your eyes peeled for the mountain goat at the top. He was low key hanging out on a lower lip, but I was warned he can be quite territorial.

one of the best trail I went, but a lot of snow (hiked on early May), and the trail is steep at the beginning l.
But if you'll do it to the top, the view is amazing. make sure you pick a clear sunny day to hike.

Love it, too early in the year may encounter snow!

hiking
1 month ago

There is a bridge out about 1.5 miles in and you're probably not supposed to cross, but I was able to easily. The view of St. Helens is a little under 2 miles in. It isn't really worth going past that unless you plan to do the whole Tarbell Trail and possibly go to Hidden Falls. The top of Larch Mtn is just some service towers. The section to Hidden Falls is closed right now according to signs at the trailhead.

I’d definitely do it again but I would forget about Bluff Mountain and just summit Little Baldy and be happy!

What a great hike! Steep and short. Still had a little snow , but nothing to bad. Great view at the top, we hiked through the cloud later and came out to sun and views !

Fun hike with lots of viewpoints. The purple blooms along the trail were really pretty as well. Trail is not the best for trail running but certainly worth checking out.

Take the trail across the parking lot from the toilet, not the Tarbell trail next to the toilet. The Tarbell bridge is pretty much in the river and you can’t cross it so the trail is useless.
Hooray for poles!!! If you’ve got them, it’s definitely worth bringing them.
Take a right at the big rock pile when you get closer to the top.
Views of Mt. St. Helens, Rainier, Adams and Hood!
Also, if you’re coming from Portland and don’t have AWD and decent clearance you should opt for the route via Washougal.

Awesome trail with wonderful panoramic views. Climbed it for the first time yesterday (May 12th 2018).

2 months ago

Good trail for a moderate hike. 8M out/back to the closed section which opens in July.

The Good: The trail was a decent first hike of the season. Great weather provided for a great 360 degree view of tge countryside. Would do it again with a friend.

The Bad: Snow and some exposure

The Ugly: I tried a variant where I attempted to loop in Sturgeon Rock and come back via the Tarbell Trail. At this time, DO NOT do this as the lower Tarbell trail is closed to logging.

2018 - May 7

Great hike and pretty physical.

2nd half of trail was still compact snow. Should be melted in 3 weeks give or take. Bring hiking poles.

View was 5/5 - equidistant to St.H/hoot/Adams with great views

Trail was pretty rocky at times, heading back down wasn’t a fun hike for me so 4/5 rating seems schwifty

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked on May 4: this hike has it all: waterfalls, wildflowers, a few old growths, scenic gorge views, foot bridges, tunnel and delphinium lined trails. Lower trail closed, clocked 8.77 Miles on my i-watch doing an out and back course. Well maintained paths with excellent signage...

Love this trail. I didn't do the full loop as it was really windy when I got up to the top, but I did look at the map when I got back to the parking area and then hiked the lower trail to the second waterfall. it was a day after rains and the lower trail was wet and had very steep drop offs that looked like it went straight into the Columbia. The full loop is a must on my list on a day when the ground is more dry. Read the map in the parking lot, it tells you how to get to the lower trail. I did this hike back in early Feb before the lower trail closed.

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous views! New favorit trail.. It’s about 1.4 miles up to the top and about 800 ft in elevation gain from the parking lot. Wasn’t sure where the lower half that was closed began though.

hiking
2 months ago

BEAUTIFUL views! Just the right amount of hike. PSA— it says this everywhere but somehow I missed the fact that the lower half of the trail is closed. So, avoid walking on the highway like I did and plan accordingly.

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