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Quartz Creek

South Cascades

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Hiked Aug 5, 2009

Type of Hike

Multi-night backpack

Trail Conditions

Obstacles on trail:
    Muddy or wet trail,
    Overgrown in places,
    Mud/Rock slide or washout,
    Bridge out.
After hiking the PCT and dropping down into the Council Lake area. We hiked boundary Trail 1 to Dark Mountain and then dropped into the Quartz Creek trail from above. We intersected the trail at French Creek. The area is stunning with steep terrain, many waterfalls and old growth trees everywhere. However, the trail is virtually impassable. I would estimate that from French Creek to the Lewis River Horse Camp (9 miles) there are 400 blow downs with at least 100 of those being old growth trees. In places the trail is not visible for hundreds of yards at a time due to tree falls and washouts. We pulled into the horse camp at about 11 pm after much crawling, climbing and cajoling. While this was one of the most beautiful places I had ever been. Please be aware that this is more like traversing a jungle gym with your backpack than it is a hike. My guess from the trail condition is that no one has been all the way to French Creek in 3 years.

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