12 reviews Gifford Pinchot National Forest #1 hike out of 99 in
14 hrs 35 min
This is a difficult loop trail in Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
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I started 9/25/20 at windy ridge. From there went ccw, camped on the south fork of the river just past the restricted zone. 8am to 3pm about 12.5 miles. Wind and rain force me to make camp. Best section of the trail IMO lots of animals, the breach was amazing! Day two I broke camp around 8am and pushed all the way back to windy ridge 20 miles or so. Hit the car around 4:30pm. One thing I was not expect was all of the ravines! Probably crossed 20+! and due to the heavy rains the water crossing were interesting. I packed way too heavy anticipating taking three days to complete. I think with better weather and a lighter pack it would be doable in one day for an average hiker. Be smart about water, even with heavy rains there wasn’t much to be found. I didn’t see any water fit to drink even with a life straw from the breach to chocolate falls. Back side of the mountain was better as far as water goes. Overall an amazing hike!★ ★ ★ ★ ★
https://gobeyondracing.com/races/volcanic-50 Marble Mountain to Butte Camp A/S 1: 0-6.3 2.24 Turn Left onto Loowit Trail 4.15 Continue Straight past Ptarmigan Trail A/S 1 to Toutle River A/S 2: 6.3-12.2 9.4 Bear Right at Sheep Canyon Trail A/S 2 to The Spring A/S 3: 12.2-20.3 12.2 Head north & east 13.4 Turn Right at junction of Fairview Trail 18.9 Turn Right at junction of unknown trail after blast zone 19.6 Turn Left at junction to Loowit Falls A/S 3 to Ape Canyon A/S 4: 20.3-24.0 20.6 Turn Right at junction to Windy Ridge Trail 21.7 Windy Pass! 22.5 Turn Right at junction of Abraham Trail A/S 4 to Finish: 24-32.3 29: Bear Right at junction of June Lake Trail 30.1 Turn Left onto Swift Creek Trail