Smith Creek Trailhead (Road 99)

Area Status: Unreachable

Provides access to:  Smith Creek Trail #225. Trailhead is a small pullout, with space enough for perhaps three vehicles. Very limited parking.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 12/6/23: Smith Creek Trailhead is open but deep snow on Windy Ridge will impede ability to travel safely to this point. Due to a landslide of Forest Road 25, Randle and Forest Road 99 will be inaccessible from Cougar. Winter closure begins December 1st or with significant snowfall.Learn More.
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Fees: No fee or pass required at Smith Creek Trailhead on Forest Road 99. See Mount St. Helens Map for fee and payment sites.
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Randle, WA
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
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General Information


From Cougar, WA take Lewis River Road east for 2.8 miles. The road then changes to Forest Road 90. Continue on Forest Road 90 for 16 miles and stay to the left on Forest Road 25, pass the Pine Creek Information Center. Drive Forest Road 25 for 25 miles to the junction of Forest Road 99. Turn left onto Forest Road 99 towards Windy Ridge. Drive approximately 14 miles to the Smith Creek Trailhead. About 0.3 miles beyond the viewpoint.

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4200' - 4250'