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
The trail begins at Soda Springs trailhead which is not open to horses. Stock users please 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.
At a Glance
11/01/2015: Open, possibility of snow and/or ice.
Wilderness Permit Required. Permits are free and available at the trailhead.