Trail #42 Kincaid


A map depicting trails in the William O. Douglas area within the Cowlitz Valley vicinity.

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 area is Open

This trail is open to hiker and horse use only.

Located on Carlton Ridge, this trail enters the William O. Douglas Wilderness at mile 3.5 and offers excellent views of Mt. Rainier.

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

Current Conditions: 11/7/2016: Trail was cleared as of September. Recent fall storms may have brought trees down and snow at 5500'.
Permit Info: Free Wilderness Permit Required.  Available at trailhead.
Restrictions: Wilderness Regulations Apply.
Closest Towns: Randle, WA; Packwood, WA
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Cowlitz Valley Ranger District

General Information


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



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