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  • High point:5,400
  • Low point:2,900
  • Hiking season: mid-July - mid-Oct.
  • Total Elevation gain:2,400
  • Total Elevation lost:2,920
  • Total distance(one way):8.6
  • Effective Distance:12.8
  • Hiking time: 5 hours
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Profile Explained
  • (1) Tamanos Creek Camp
  • (2) Owhigh Lake
  • (3) Dear Creek Camp
While part of this trail is can be used in combination with the Cowlitz Divide and East Side trials has an alternative to the high, showy trails of Panhandle Gap by hikers doing the Wonderland trail it makes an interesting hike in its own right with alpine lakes, acres of wildflowers and waterfalls. It is particularly attractive in the spring when higher trails are still buried under snow.

It starts about 2 miles west of the White River Entrance at a small parking lot on the right. Although you could also start from highway 123, at the southern end of the trail starting at the north involves slightly less elevation gain. Initially the trail climbs steadily though the woods with long switchbacks. At about 3 miles is the Tamanos Creek camp (normally dry by mid-August). Continuing the trees thin before reaching the lakes proper at 3.5 miles. From the lakes the trails climbs another 300 feet and then drops steadily into the Kotsuck Creek valley and the junction with the East Side trail. Continuing moveing toward the Dear Creek camp the trail meets the last trail junction which rises 360 ft to the highway.

Map Discription Size (kb)
Small colored elevaton map 19
Topographic map with shadeing 1,150
Topographic map without shadeing 459
Shaded Basement Geologic Map

(Geologic key)

Air Photo 10,025
Stereo Map

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Gregg Petrie 2000