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Observation Peak

(from Road 5800)
5.6 miles round trip
1390 feet elevation gain
Open June to mid-November

Difficult (from Gov’t Mineral Springs)
15-mile loop
3200 feet elevation gain

Halfway between the Columbia River and Mt. St. Helens, the Trapper Creek Wilderness is a warren of hiking paths along woodsy creeks and ridges. Several trails climb 6 miles or more to reach the old lookout site at Observation Peak, with views from Mt. Jefferson to Mt. Rainier, but a little-known trailhead gets you there in less than 3 miles—and allows explorers to take a side trip to a higher, better viewpoint atop Sisters Rocks.

To find this back-door trailhead, drive...

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The area’s best viewpoint, at Sisters Rocks, requires...

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