Trail #44 Cowlitz

Area Status: Unknown

This trail is open to hiker and horse use only.

This trail within William O. Douglas Wilderness winds through dense forest into subalpine terrain, crosses many small streams, and passes lakes and small potholes including Penoyer Lake. Continuing east, Trail #44 crosses the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000 and ends near the Gifford Pinchot National Forest boundary on Tumac Mountain.

The trail begins at Soda Springs trailhead which is not open to horses. Stock users please use Cowlitz Horse Trail #44A.

Features include Summit Creek and many subalpine lakes. This trail marks a principal Native American travel route across the Cascades. It is part of the prehistoric Yakama Cowlitz Trail, which linked people from the Cowlitz Valley with people from the Yakima River drainage. Native Americans using this trail traveled on foot, often carrying trade goods and roots. They later made the crossing on horseback.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 10/5/2021: Trail conditions unknown at this time. Some areas within the William O. Douglas Wilderness are higher elevations which can receive fall snow as early as late September. Always check the local forecast before setting off on your hike and have a plan B. For current information, contact Cowlitz Valley Ranger District at 360-497-1100.
Permit Info: Wilderness Permit Required. Permits are free and available at the trailhead.
Restrictions: Wilderness Regulations apply
Closest Towns: Randle, WA; Packwood WA
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Cowlitz Valley Ranger District

General Information


Soda Springs Trailhead

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

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Recreation areas with activity Backpacking:

Horse Riding

Recreation areas with activity Horse Riding:

Use Cowlitz Horse Trail #44A

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
5.2 miles

  Elevation : 
3280' - 6160'