Trail #22 Carlton Creek


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: Not Cleared

This trail is open to hiker and horse use only.

This trail advances through dense old growth forest until ending at the junction with the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000 within William O. Douglas Wilderness. Be prepared to cross muddy stretches and several small streams.

This trail begins at mile post 1.7 on Forest Road 44. The trail follows road 44 for 4.8 miles to the end of the road. Carlton Creek must be forded at two locations within this stretch. Carlton Pass was named for William H. Carlton who led a Northern Pacific Railroad survey crew through the pass in 1867. Look for blazed trees along the trail, which marked a cross-mountain route surveyed in 1905.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 11/26/2018: Snow level approximately 3000'.
Permit Info: Wilderness permit required to enter Wilderness. Permits are free and self issued at trailheads.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Wilderness Regulations apply within William O Douglas Wilderness.
Closest Towns: Randle, WA; Packwood, WA
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Cowlitz Valley Ranger District

General Information


The trail can be accessed from the Carlton Creek Trailhead.

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  Area/Length : 
4.0 miles

  Elevation : 
3200' - 4100'


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