Hiking The Siouxon Trail
The 41st most popular hiking trail in Washington.
Saturday 6 August 2016 04:24 GMT
The Siouxon Trail (#130) is a 12 mile hiking route shared by hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. The route has a lot of vertical from 1,200 feet to 3,400 feet.
The Trailhead is at eastern end of Siouxon trail No. 130 on FR 58 near Sister Rock.
This trail can be accessed from two points on Forest Road 5701. Approximately one mile down Forest Road 5701, after the first hair-pin bend, is the first entry point. This parking area can accommodate horse trailers. The next access point is 3 miles further, at the end of the road. The parking area is smaller, and horse trailers may have trouble finding a parking space and maneuvering if many vehicles are present at the trailhead. From the second trailhead, at the end of Forest Road 5701, the trail descends to cross West Creek and then follows Siouxon Creek upstream. The trail intersects with trail #140 Horseshoe Ridge trail in approximately 1 mile. Proceeding upstream the trail intersects with trail #156 at the confluence of Siouxon and Wildcat Creeks, after two miles. A short distance away the trail intersects trail #140 again. Continuing on Siouxon trail #130 about 1/2 mile further lies trail #130A. The trail parallels Siouxon Creek for about 3 miles, until reaching Calamity Creek. Calamity Creek crosses the trail and spans about 20 feet of the trail skimming over rocks. Caution is needed as the rocks can be slippery! The trail gains 1900 feet in the final 3 miles, with steep switchbacks making the ascent easier. The trail terminates on Forest Road 58. Users who elect to begin from Forest Road 58 should be aware that the switchbacks are difficult to negotiate and one does risk falling. Walking your horse or mountain bicycle offers a safe alternative.
From the first trailhead, Hickmans Cabin, a moss-covered shelter offers a glimpse of the past. Fires periodically swept through the Siouxon area for 30 years after the Yacolt Burn of 1902. Hickmans Cabin, built in the 1930s, served as a base camp for fire prevention forestry workers. Cross-cut saws were sharpened and stored inside, while workers stayed in tents. Crews of sawyers cut down many highly flammable dead trees to create a fire break. Much of the downed timber is still visible today. From the trailhead at the end of Forest Road 5701 delightful waterfalls await the trail visitor. A rustic log bridge crosses West Creek after descending from the trailhead. Visitors can view the cascading Horseshoe Falls form the bridge above, or venture across the bridge and take the short .8 mile trail to get a view from the bottom. Continuing about 1 mile further on Siouxon trail #130, the surging waterfall forms a large emerald green pool with tan step-like rocks at the banks.
Overall, Siouxon Trail is the 41st most popular hiking trail of all 56 hikes in Washington. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Siouxon Trail including Juniper Peak Trail, Monitor Ridge Trail, Goat Rocks Wilderness, Lewis River Trail, Blue Lake Ridge Trail and Valley TrailMarble Mountain.