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Observation Peak Trail #132A

Easy/Intermediate

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0.5 mile 0.9 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 381' 116 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 4,155' 1,266 m
Low: 3,774' 1,150 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 13% (8°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)

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A short trail to the summit of Observation Peak, offering views from St. Helens to the Washington side of the Gorge.

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Features Fall Colors · Views

This trail is in the Trapper Creek Wilderness and typical wilderness regulations apply. Be sure to self-register at whatever trailhead you use.

Need to Know

A valid recreation pass is required at the Trapper Creek Trailhead.

Description

This is a short and fairly easy singletrack trail to the summit of Observation Peak; however, to get to it you must hike a good distance. You can take the Observation Trail #132 from the west for the easiest access, from the east for a longer moderate route, or via Trapper Creek Trail #192 and/or a variety of other trails in the wilderness for a more difficult route. Many loops can be made.

The actual trail is clearly signed on Observation Trail #132. Simply follow the trail to the southeast as it steadily climbs a pleasant grade to the top. There were huckleberry bushes along the way that add snacks and colors in the later summer and fall. At the top, you should have excellent, clear views to St. Helens, Rainier, the Goat Rocks, and Mount Adams. Views south (to Hood) are less forthcoming. There is a decent amount of room at the summit to enjoy the views.

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