Trapper Creek Out-and-Back
ElevationAscent: 1,704' 520 m
Descent: -1,704' -519 m
High: 2,006' 612 m
Low: 1,150' 350 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 43% (23°)
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“Old growth forest trail.”— Steve Jackson
Start just beyond the trailhead marker on Trapper Creek Trail #192. You'll hike though a thick and green forest floor, at least in the springtime. Follow this trail, and in about a mile you'll pass the junction of the Observation Trail #132. Continue on, and you'll cross the intersection with the Soda Lake Trail.
Your trail will gradually ascend through an old growth forest. You'll see extraordinarily large trees both growing and on the ground. While you parallel Trapper Creek, you won't see it or be near it. Next is an intersection with the Deer Cutoff Trail #209. Take this to the right while the Trapper Creek Trail #192 veers left and follows a parallel but lower route which we will return on.
You'll cross a creek and just below the crossing is Observation Falls. The crossing appears to be relatively easy, but be warned that the rocks are very slippery with moss. Continue on, and you'll descend then intersect with Trapper Creek Trail. Turn left and head back to the trailhead on the Trapper Creek Trail #192.
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