The sight and sound of the South Breitenbush River along with older Douglas-fir and Western Hemlock forest settings accompany the hiker along this National Recreation Trail. This trail winds along the South Breitenbush River through Douglas-Fir, Western Hemlock Pacific Yew and Western Red Cedar forest. Trail has a few wind damaged timber stands, beautiful stream crossings and spectacular plant life.
A short scramble over wind blown logs will offer great views of the gorge but the hike from the trail can be treacherous. At the gorge river passes through a 300 foot long basalt narrows. Watch for difficult footing between the main trail and the Gorge viewpoint.
At Roaring Creek is the largest bridge of the trail, three other smaller bridges are located east of Roaring Creek.
At a Glance
12/1/2016: Trail cleared in June 2016, not recommended for horse use. The bridge at Roaring Creek will be removed due to public safety concerns in 2017. There will not be any crossing of the creek until this bridge has been replaced, replacement date unknown at this time.