Low Point: 1200'
High Point: 3420'
DirectionsFrom I-5 take the Exit from Woodland toward Cougar on Hwy 503. Follow this road up the Lewis River Until the town of Yale. Here turn South on 503 toward Amboy. Before you hit Amboy in the Town of Chelatchie Turn East on NE Healy Rd. This Road turns into Forest RD 37. From here you take a left onto Forest Rd 57, and then a left again onto Forest Rd 5701. There are two Trailheads, one at the sharp switchback, and another at the end of the road.
This is a fantastic creek bottom hike with numerous loop or longer extension options. The trail closely follows Siouxon Creek, which is full of great water features and excellent swimming holes.
The hike we did started at the trailhead at the switchback, which is about 2.5 miles further back than the other trailhead. The trail from here quickly descends to the creek and follows it for about 1 mile before you come to a junction with the trail to Huffman Peak, located on the north side of the valley. We had intended to do this hike although once getting to the edge of the creek and realizing that there was no bridge reversed course and headed up further up the creek to Horseshoe Ridge. We did this hike in January, during a very low snow year and did not want to hike 15 more miles with soggy pants and sneakers. Keep this in mind if you plan on doing Huffman peak, the creek is quite large even in summer so be aware that there is a substantial creek crossing to access this trail on the west side.
The trail continues up Siouxon Creek after the junction with Huffman peak until you hit the next junction with the lower trailhead at the end of forest rd 5701. This section of trail runs right up against the creek for the most part and is full of great campsites and swimming holes. 1 mile further and you reach the first junction to Horseshoe Ridge. We opted to take this trail down not up as it is substantially steeper than the other trail up the east side the ridge 2 miles further up Siouxon Creek. This side trip adds 6.5 miles, and offers some great views to the west once you are on top of the ridge.
The trail also continues up Siouxon Creek where there are some other great water features and some other possible loops. I have heard that it is quite crowded in the summer and also a popular mountain bike trail so keep those things in mind.
Some tips on direction to get there:
NE Healy Rd in the Town of Chelatchie is located opposite the ranger station (there is a convenient store and a Texaco gas station at the T-junction) so you should keep your eye on it.
Once you are on NE Healy Rd, drive til you see a sign saying Forest Rd 54 and continue your drive into Forest Rd 54. It will lead you to Forest Rd 57.
I spent an hour trying to find the right direction today so hopefully people will be able to get there easily next time.
About the trail, it is very nice - green scenery with beautiful creek along the trail. Highly recommended.