Area Status: Open
This 12 mile trail runs along and crosses on rustic log bridges or fords many creeks. It offers views of spectactular waterfalls including Horseshoe Falls. At the start of the trail it p asses the ruins of Hickman 's Cabin built in the 1930's and used as a base camp for fire prevention workers. The Siouxon Trail connects with Huffman Peak Trail #129, Horseshoe Ridge Trail # 140, Chinook Creek Trail #130A and Wildcat Trail # 156.
From the first access point on below the first switchback on Forest Road 5701, the trail parallels the road and passes the ruins of Hickman's Cabin. This moss-covered shelter, built in the 1930s, served as a base camp for fire prevention workers. Continuing, the trail intersects Huffman Peak Trail #129, 0.8 mile from the trailhead. Three creeks are crossed before the trail comes to the second access point, near the end of Forest Road 5701 and the second access point to Siouxon Trail. From here the trail drops steeply to West Creek, where a log bridge spans the stream. Following Siouxon Creek to Horseshoe Creek, you can view Horseshoe Falls from the bridge or take the short 0.1 mile spur trail to get a view of the falls from below. The main trail then follows Siouxon Creek upstream for 1 mile, offering views of five major waterfalls and their plunge-pools. After intersecting Horseshoe Ridge Trail #140, the trail continues to the confluence of Siouxon and Wildcat Creeks. Here Wildcat Creek Trail #156 heads north towards Siouxon Peak. A short distance from the junction, the trail intersects Chinook Creek Trail #130A. The trail then gains 1900 ft. in elevation in the final 3 miles before ending on Forest Road 58.
At a Glance
|| 04/15//2015: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
||No Potable Water
Mount Adams Ranger District
From Battle Ground drive 12.6 miles to Amboy. Stay right on 399th Street and drive 0.3 miles to a sharp turn in Amboy, WA. Go left here, and then after 0.2 miles, make another sharp turn right, keeping on 503N for Cougar and Chelatchie (This is also NE Chelatchie Road). After 4.0 miles, turn right on NE Healy Road in Chelatchie, just after passing the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Headquarters. Drive 5.2 miles and after 2.4 miles, the road becomes Forest Road 54 and come to a fork (once the road enters the forest the pavement is often broken and/or sunken - drive with care). Keep right here and at the next junction, driving another 4.0 miles to turn left (uphill) on Forest Road 57. Go 1.3 miles to a junction, and make a sharp left here on Forest Road 5701. Drive another 3.7 miles downhill on a narrow, rough, mostly paved road to the Siouxon Trailhead.
Note: There are two trailheads of Forest Road 5701 for the Siouxon trail: the first one at mile marker 1 is for horse trailers; the second at the end of the road, roughly another 3 miles does not accomodate horse trailers. Roads are rough-- drive cautiously.