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Distance:
8.8 Miles / 14.2 km
Type:
Loop
Difficulty:
Moderate
Time to Hike:
4 hours, ~24 minutes
Features:
Surface Type:
Dirt
Park:
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Town:
Trout Lake, Washington
Directions:
46.058791, -121.542144
Added:
March 28, 2018
Updated:
January 23, 2020
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822 '

Total Change
975 '

Ascent
982 '

Descent

We hiked an 8.8 mile loop using the Buck Creek Trail, Morrison Creek Trail, and Wicky Creek Trail on the gently rolling grades at the southern base of Mount Adams.

The hike featured many impressive examples of old growth ponderosa pine and Quaking Aspen. The views into the White Salmon River canyon were impressive. Cross several creeks, such as Morrison, Buck, and Wicky. Most of the latter hike can be quite dry, save for the bridged Morrison Creek crossing. The old growth forest is quite beautiful–especially in fall, when the quaking aspens turn bright yellow and the vine maples turn a fiery orange and red. The latter half of the loop also travels through selective cutting (logging) zones, so the forest is more open here. (This is also the main reason why the vine maples here turn bright red; as in the shade, vine maple turns a dull yellow).

Note that the only "view" that you will get is of the White River canyon, near the start of the hike. The rest of the hike works its way through gently sloping, forested terrain.

There are several spots along the loop that might get confusing. The trail crosses various paved and gravel roads throughout the hike, yet it never feels all that "developed." Most roads are lightly traveled, aside from Forest Roads 80 and 8040.

At some road crossings, users have painted white arrows on the pavement to help you re-join the trail. I would strongly advise following a GPS track for your convenience, although it is not necessary to do so.

I would recommend this hike on an early spring or fall day, if and only if the higher trails on the mountain are still snowed in. Otherwise, many other trails on Mount Adams that reach treeline would be a better choice for someone's first Mount Adams hike. But the fall colors, old growth, and lack of crowds can be a draw for some people. I enjoyed it so much, I hiked this loop twice! Once in spring, and once in fall. (Wear bright colors in fall, as it is hunting season here.)

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  1. Parking

    46.058791, -121.542144
  2. Main Trailhead

    46.058653, -121.541933
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Seasons

Spring, Summer, Fall

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2 Trip Reports

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8.8 miles / 14.2 km
Trail added
March 28, 2018
Hiked on
October 08, 2017
Updated on
January 23, 2020
7.8 miles / 12.6 km
June 04, 2016
Hiked this in late spring on a 90° hot day in 2016. The loop can get rather hot and dry, so I recommend doing it on a cooler day. In 2017, I re-did this hike in fall, to see the quaking aspen grove and the vine maples displaying their fall colors.
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