William O. Douglas area general map in the Cowlitz Valley Vicinity. Sites include: Carlton Creek Trail #22 Cortright Creek Trail #57 Cowlitz Horse Trail #44A Cowlitz Trail #44 Crossover Trail #41 Dumbbell Lake Trail #56 Judkin Trail #47 Jug Lake Trail #43 Kincaid Trail #42 Pacific Crest Trail #2000
Pot Hole Trail #45 Sand Lake Trail #60
Area Status: Open
This trail is open to hiker and horse use only.
This trail within William O. Douglas Wilderness winds through dense forest into subalpine terrain, crosses many small streams, and passes lakes and small potholes including Penoyer Lake.
Continuing east, Trail #44 crosses the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000 and ends near the Gifford Pinchot National Forest boundary on Tumac Mountain.
At a Glance
05/01/2015: Snow level approximately 4500'
Free Wilderness Permit Required. Available at the trailhead.
Trail begins in the Soda Springs Campground and Trailhead.
Directions from Packwood: Travel northeast on U.S. Highway 12 across the forest boundary to Forest Route 4510. Follow 4510 north then west to the campground, at the edge of the William O Douglas Wilderness.
This trail starts in Soda Springs Campground. The trailhead is not open to horses. (Use Cowlitz Horse Trail #44A.) Features include Summit Creek and many subalpine lakes. This trail marks a principal Native American travel route across the Cascades. It is part of the prehistoric Yakama Cowlitz Trail, which linked people from the Cowlitz Valley with people from the Yakima River drainage. Native Americans using this trail traveled on foot, often carrying trade goods and roots. They later made the crossing on horseback.
See additional information under Day Hiking.
Horse Riding & Camping
This trail starts in Soda Springs Campground. The trailhead is not open to horses (use Cowlitz Horse Trail #44A.)