Trail #132 Observation


Trapper Creek Wilderness Area Trail Map

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.

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This Trail Open to Hiker and Equestrian Use.

This trail provides access to Trapper Creek Wilderness. Beautiful wildflowers and Bear Grass are abundant along the trail in season. The trail provides majestic views of Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier, and Mount St. Helens. From Observation trail it is possible to asend Observation Peak the site of an old fire look out via Observation Peak Trail for expanded views of the area. This trail connects with the Trapper Creek Trail making a loop through the Wilderness possible.

To access Observation Trail #132 from the south, follow Trapper Creek Trail #192 from Trapper Creek Trailhead 1 mile to the junction with Trail #132. From there, Observation Trail enters the Trapper Creek Wilderness and climbs steadily along the ridge through a second-growth Douglas-fir forest, gaining 2,600 feet in 5 miles as it nears Observation Peak summit. During this 5 mile section, the trail passes the junctions of Big Slide Primitive Trail #195 (at 3 miles) and Sunshine Primitive Trail #198 (at 4 miles). The trail leaves the wilderness and then passes Observation Peak Trails #132A and Trapper Creek #192 (at 6 miles) and Big Hollow Trail #158 shortly thereafter. Observation Trail #132 ends on Road 58 at Observation Peak Trailhead.

Features on this trail include wildflowers, bear grass, and huckleberries. The rugged viewpoint at the northern end offers a majestic view of Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier, and Mount St. Helens (behind the trees) on clear days.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 6/01/2018: Open. Contact the Mt. Adams Ranger District for current info. 509-395-3402.
Permit Info: Wilderness Permit Required.  Free self-issued permit available at trailhead.
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: Wilderness Regulations apply
Closest Towns: Stabler, WA; Carson, WA
Water: Treat all non potable water before consuming.
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Trapper Creek Trailhead.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mt. Adams Ranger District

General Information


South access: Trapper Creek Trailhead - via Trapper Creek Trail #192.1 and

North access: Observation Peak Trailhead #132



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  Area/Length : 
7.2 miles

  Elevation : 
1200' - 3600'


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