Cowlitz Divide Trail
ElevationAscent: 2,545' 776 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 4,673' 1,424 m
Low: 2,129' 649 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (7°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)
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“A nice alternate route to gain the Wonderland Trail from Silver Falls at Ohanapecosh.”— Andrew Walters
If you begin on the Silver Falls Loop trail, you'll reach a signed junction after 0.5 miles and then will gradually climb up some nice forested singletrack for 0.3 miles to reach the road. Cross the road to continue up the Cowlitz Divide Trail. The trail weaves in and out of small meadows and forests while maintaining a steady grade.
A few short switchback sections will bring you to the junction for the Olallie Creek campground after 2.6 miles. Right after the campground spur trail you'll cross Olallie Creek and then after 4 miles of climbing you'll reach the Wonderland Trail on a wooded ridge. Views of the mountain are heavily obscured and if you want a great vista, continue north on the Wonderland Trail towards Indian Bar and the views will get better and better until you reach a great viewpoint about 3 miles up the ridge.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Mount Rainier National Park