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
This 8.8 mile trail begins on Forest Road 4510 just past the access point for Cowlitz Horse Trail #44A, it descends, then begins to climb steeply. The trail reaches the top of the ridge near Log Springs, crosses the summit burn and enters William O. Douglas Wilderness at 3.5 miles. From there it follows the semi-open ridge, offering excellent views of Rainier, then descends to Jug Lake Trail #43 east of Kincaid Lake. In the 1920s and 1930s the trail was used by sheepherders to reach their camps. Kincaid Lake is a 1-acre lake named for Sam Kincaid, a Yakima Valley sheepman who ranged his herds in the area during the early 20th century.
At a Glance
05/11/2016: Closed due to snow. Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall thru late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Free Wilderness Permit Required. Available at trailhead.
From Packwood, WA travel east on US-12 for 8.9 miles. take a left on Forest Road 45 and travel .4 miles then take a slight left on Forest Road 4510 and follow for just over 5 miles to the Kincaid Trailhead.
The trail reaches the top of the ridge near Log Springs, crosses the summit burn and enters the Wilderness. From there it follows the semi-open ridge, offering excellent views of Rainier, then descends to Jug Lake Trail #43 east of Kincaid Lake.