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Herman Creek Trail #406

 
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Length

10.5 Miles 17.0 Kilometers


Singletrack

Elevation

4,298' 1,310 m

Ascent

-286' -87 m

Descent

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

4,320' 1,317 m

High

222' 68 m

Low

Conditions


Bad / Closed 4 hours ago
This trail is closed indefinitely due to the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire. History

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Hike past waterfalls and old growth forest enroute to the Pacific Crest Trail and Whatum Lake.

Bruce Hope

Overview

This trail enters the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness and the usual federal wilderness area regulations and restrictions apply here. Practice Leave No Trace (LNT) backcountry skills and ethics. Camp 100 feet from fragile areas; bury human waste at least 200 feet from water, trails, and campsites. The southern, higher end of this trail is usually closed by snow between November and May.
Features: Fall Colors — River/Creek — Views — Waterfall — Commonly Backpacked
Dogs: Leashed

Description

The trailhead is at the west end of the Herman Creek Campground, which is located just east of Cascade Locks off the I-84 frontage road. There is a pit toilet and parking for 8-10 vehicles at the trailhead. This is a popular campground/trailhead and the parking can fill early on summer and holiday weekends. If it does, park along the frontage road and walk the campground access road up to the trailhead.

From the trailhead, the #406 switchbacks up to and then across a power line access road. In another 0.4 mile you'll come to a well-signed fork; go left (east) here. The trail soon joins an old dirt road which, after going uphill for 0.6 miles, reaches the Herman Camp primitive campsite (water is not readily available here) and a junction with the Gorton Creek Trail #408.

Continue straight on the old past Herman Camp. At 1.4 miles from the trailhead, the #406 becomes a trail again and you pass a juntion with the Nick Eaton Trail #447. Continue eastward, crossing several side creeks, one with a 100-foot waterfall.

At 3.7 miles from the trailhead, you'll reach a junction with Casey Creek Trail #476 going uphill to the left (east). Continue straight ahead on the #406. At 6.6 miles from the trailhead, you'll reach a junction with the Herman Cutoff Trail #410 and the primitive Cedar Swamp campsite. This is a popular campsite.

Continuing on, you'll cross the East Fork of Herman Creek and reach primitive Noble Camp at 7.3 miles from the trailhead. At 8.4 miles, you'll pass a short spur trail leading to Mud Lake and, at 9.2 miles, a junction with the Anthill Trail #406B, an alternative route to Whatum Lake. About a mile further on, you'll reach the end of the #406 at its junction with Pacific Crest Trail #2000. Turn left (east) on the Pacific Crest Trail and proceed 1.6 mile to south shore of Wahtum Lake, where there are several good campsites and water is readily available.

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