Trail #130 Siouxon


Area Status: Open
Trees along a creek with dappled sunlight.

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. The trail connects with Huffman Peak Trail #129, Horseshoe Ridge Trail # 140, Chinook Creek Trail #130A and Wildcat Trail # 156.

From the access point on Forest Road 5701 below the first switchback, 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 end of Forest Road 5701 (this second access point was burned in the 2020 Big Hollow Fire and no longer accessible by car.)

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.

ALERT: This trail was impacted by the Big Hollow Fire (2020). Hikers travel at their own risk. Please review safety tips for burned areas.

Creek running through a green forest. Waterfall on a clear blue creek in a forested area. Trees along a creek with dappled sunlight.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 06/18/22: NOTE: Siouxon trailhead has moved 2 miles west on Forest Road 5701. Please park head-in to make room for others. Trail has received little maintenance this season; expect downed trees and uneven trail tread in burned areas. Chinook Trail bridge was destroyed in 2020 by fire. Hikers travel at their own risk. Please review safety tips for burned areas.
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Spring-Summer-Fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Amboy, WA
Water: No Potable Water
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mount St Helens Ranger District 

General Information

Directions:

Siouxon Trailhead

From Amboy, WA continue north on State Route 503 for about 4 miles. In Chelatchie, WA pass Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Headquarters on your left then turn right on NE Healy Road/Forest Road 54. Continue on Forest Road 54 for about 9 miles and take a left on Forest Road 57.  Drive roughly 1 mile to the gravel pit on the right hand side of the road, take a sharp left onto Forest Road 5701. Travel about a mile to the new trailhead area. The trailhead at the end of the 5701 is currently closed due to hazards remaining from Big Hollow Fire. Please park perpendicular to make room for others.

Note: Although mostly paved, Forest Roads 54, 57, and 5701 can be rough. Pay close attention to mileages to be able to navigate in the event of damaged or missing road signs.  Please drive carefully. 

Vicinity map:

Siouxon General Area Map within the Mount St Helens Surrounding Area.


General Notes:

Know the safety hazards in burned areas:

Risks in burned areas include falling trees and limbs, uneven/unstable ground full of holes from burned root systems, falling rocks, difficulty navigating through sections of trail, and possible landslides, debris flows, and flash floods. These are elevated during high winds, and during and after heavy rains and winter storms.


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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
12.0 miles

  Elevation : 
1200' - 3400'