ElevationAscent: 1,199' 365 m
Descent: -230' -70 m
High: 1,494' 455 m
Low: 526' 160 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
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“A rolling climb that takes hikers past nice views, some of which are close to the summit.”— Eric Ashley
The trail levels off briefly before diving, crossing the road, and reaching a bridge. On the other side, the climb continues. Fortunately, occasional level sections provide breaks from the ups. This section of trail is generally wide as it wanders beneath the trees.
Two road crossings pass by before the intersection with the Beaver Pond Trail. The trail dips for a bit and then returns to steady-and-easy climbing along a well-benched, gravelly section. The trail eventually opens onto the top of a clearcut, where hikers are greeted by a broad view of Seattle and Mt. Rainier. This section is particularly enjoyable and worth lingering in.
Traveling along the edge of this clearcut is undemanding until a small chunky section on the descent. Head right on the road (GM-17) before heading into the woods for a pleasant climb.
Very soon, pop back on the road before entering a replanted forest. This gravelly section climbs steadily as it follows an entrenched channel. A final road crossing skirts the edge of a clearcut before the trail ends by intersecting the Vista Trail and Gold Creek Trail.
Note that in the winter and after rains, the trail may have large puddles and even running water.
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Land Manager: WA DNR