Trapper Creek Wilderness Trail Vicinity Map. Trails include: Big Hollow Trail #158, Deer Cutoff Primitive Trail #209,
Dry Creek Trail #194, Observation Peak Trail #132A, Observation Trail #132, Rim Primitive Trail #202, Soda Peaks Lake Trail #133, Sunshine Primitive Trail #198, Trapper Creek Trail #192.1, and Trapper Creek Trail #192.2.
This trail is a continuation of Trapper Creek Trail #192.1. The trail runs parallel with the Trapper Creek Wilderness boundary, following up the Trapper Creek valley. A series of switchbacks takes you to a view of Trapper Falls, and then on to Observation Trail #132.
At a Glance
11/26/2014: Expect snow above 2500 feet.
Free self-issue Wilderness Permit Required. Permits available at the trailhead.
From Carson, WA follow the Wind River Road north for about 13.5 then miles take a left on Mineral Springs Road (Forest Road 3065). Take the first right on Forest Road 5401 and follow it for about a half of a mile to the trailhead.
After crossing a creek, it passes the junction with Soda Peaks Lake Trail #133. Trapper Creek Trail continues its climb through a second-growth forest and intersects with Big Slide Primitive Trail #195 and Deer Way Trail #209 shortly beyond that. The trail continues, dropping down to Trapper Creek and then crosses Slump Creek.
From there, the trail climbs up from the creeks, intersecting with the west junction of the Deer Way Trail #209. A short distance beyond that, it passes the junction with Sunshine (Primitive) Trail #198. Still climbing, the trail reaches Cliff Creek viewpoint at 1,900' elevation.
The trail keeps climbing and crosses Trapper Creek at 2,200' elevation. The steep climb after that crossing is rewarded by a view of Trapper Creek Falls. The trail crosses Trapper Creek again at 3,300 feet elevation, passes the junction with Rim (Primitive) Trail, and ends at the junction with Observation Trail #132 just outside the wilderness.
Old-growth forest is present in the lower elevations of Trapper Creek Trail.
Trapper Creek Falls viewpoint offers a view of the breathtaking 100-foot cascade. The falls is divided by an oval-shaped pool nestled in the black rock face.