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25 Hikes
Blue Lake Creek

South Cascades -- Dark Divide

 
4.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 4000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(10 votes)
Although this is a short hike, it's a decent challenge because it's a narrow, steep trail. The terrain is interesting, with waterfalls and its trademark basalt columns. If you like solitude, this is the trail for you.
 
 
Blue Lake

South Cascades -- Dark Divide

 
5.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
This short, hiker-only trail in the Dark Divide connects hikers to an arresting, appropriately named blue lake jumping with fish. If you can get past its quiet shores, it's a short jaunt to connect with the Craggy Peak trail and miles of ridgeline hiking that the Dark Divide Roadless Area affords.
 
 
Mosquito Meadows

South Cascades -- Dark Divide

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 4350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
This mile-long gentle climb in the Dark Divide brings you to the Boundary Trail, where you can turn left towards Badger Lake or right towards Mount St. Helens.
 
 
Dark Meadows

South Cascades -- Dark Divide

 
6.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1700 ft.
Highest Point: 4200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
This rugged trail in the Dark Divide is part of a large network of trails that offer miles of wandering in the forests between Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams.
 
 
Siouxon Peak Loop

South Cascades -- Dark Divide

 
15.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5120 ft.
Highest Point: 4170.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
09/10/20 Wildfire: Trail closed to protect the public from fire danger.
This strenuous trek from creek to peak offers up-close views of impressive waterfalls and far-off views of Cascade volcanoes.
 
 
Wright Meadow

South Cascades -- Dark Divide

 
8.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 380 ft.
Highest Point: 2000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.80
(5 votes)
Popular with hikers, mountain bikers and off-road vehicle users, this multi use trail climbs out of the Lewis River Valley into the forested hills above.
 
 
Badger Peak

South Cascades -- Dark Divide

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1700 ft.
Highest Point: 5664.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.20
(5 votes)
If you can stand the bugs, this is a very pleasant, well-shaded hike with a very rewarding view at the top. It's a short hike, doable in a day for most hikers.
 
 
 
8.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 1570.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
09/10/20 Wildfire: Trail closed to protect the public from fire danger.
This excellent early-season romp heads up a lush river canyon boasting three gorgeous waterfalls with riverside campsites for an overnight, or a longer, more challenging loop.
 
 
Black Hole Falls

South Cascades -- Dark Divide

 
10.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2200 ft.
Highest Point: 1532.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This hike starts at the North Siouxon Creek Trailhead which is also the south end of the Mitchell Peak Trail. Following the Mitchell Peak Trail for about 5.5 miles the route offers a spur down to the falls. Or for the more adventurous a steep climb up to Mitchell Peak makes for a good two day backpacking adventure.
 
 
Quartz Creek

South Cascades -- Dark Divide

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 2500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(6 votes)
This diverse landscape of deep forested valleys and open ridges with beautiful meadows and breathtaking views will leave you hungry for more.
 
 
Quartz Creek Butte

South Cascades -- Dark Divide

 
3.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 2770.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
Here's a remote forest trail 1.9 miles long that descends through a pristine old-growth forest to Quartz Creek and connects to Quartz Creek Trail #5. It's a steep descent, and you'll have to make it up on the way back out, but the cool forest makes it a great shelter from the sun in the summer.
 
 
Lava Butte

South Cascades -- Dark Divide

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 2400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
Follow this steep, to-the-point trail over a river to the top of an old cinder cone volcano.
 
 
Langille Ridge Trail

South Cascades -- Dark Divide

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
 
One of several rugged trails in the Dark Divide
 
 
Juniper Ridge

South Cascades -- Dark Divide

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 5611.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.93
(14 votes)
Boasting views of massive Cascade volcanoes, constellations of wildflowers, and an embarrassment of huckleberries, the Juniper Ridge Trail offers an excellent opportunity for a backpacking trip, complete with views or shorter day hikes from the ridge.
 
 
Jumbo Peak

South Cascades -- Dark Divide

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 5801.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
Jumbo Peak's wide, grassy slopes and seemingly endless trailside views make hikers feel like they're trekking through a storybook landscape. With huge extinct and active volcanoes in your sights, and an unbelievable bounty of flowers in the spring and huckleberries in the fall, Jumbo lives up to its name--big and impressive on a grand scale.
 
 
Craggy Peak

South Cascades -- Dark Divide

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 5275.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
The Craggy Peak Trail is a beautiful, albeit difficult hike located in one of Washington's least recognized areas: the Dark Divide. Nestled between imposing St. Helens to the west, Adams to the east, and Rainier to the north, the Craggy Peak Trail boasts spectacular views of the surrounding snowy peaks. Because of some necessary bushwhacking, this is quite a difficult hike, yet is doable in a day.
 
 
Cispus Braille Trail

South Cascades -- Dark Divide

 
0.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 80 ft.
Highest Point: 1388.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
The Trail for The Blind is a level grade trail adjacent to the Cispus Learning Center in foothills of the Cowlitz Valley. It is a part of the Covel Creek Trail System and is designed to allow easier access and highlight natural features in the forest for those who are visually challenged. This is also a great hike smaller children and those with less mobility.
 
 
Sunrise Peak

South Cascades -- Dark Divide

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 5892.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.57
(7 votes)
Visit Sunrise Peak at the right time and you'll see why its name is appropriate. The early morning sun gives Mount Adams a brilliant glow that makes for an enthralling way to kick off your day. Luckily, the enchanting views that this hike offers are available from Sunrise to sunset, and if you prefer hiking in full daylight, you won't miss out on any views.
 
 
McCoy Peak

South Cascades -- Dark Divide

 
8.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3200 ft.
Highest Point: 5856.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
 
 
Spring Creek - Green Mountain

South Cascades -- Dark Divide

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 5107.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
 
 
Hamilton Buttes

South Cascades -- Dark Divide

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 5722.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
 
 
Bishop Ridge

South Cascades -- Dark Divide

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3600 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
 
 
Hat Rock-Yellow Jacket Pass

South Cascades -- Dark Divide

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
 
 
Tongue Mountain

South Cascades -- Dark Divide

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 4838.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.27
(11 votes)
 
 
Quartz Ridge-Summit Prairie

South Cascades -- Dark Divide

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 5245.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)