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Siouxon Trail - No. 130

Contact Info
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
2455 Hwy. 141
Trout Lake, WA 98650

Phone:
509-395-3400
Basics
Location:
Trailhead located along Road 5701 and Road 58
Length:
12 miles (19.3 km)
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Elevation Range:
1200 feet to 3400 feet
Elevation Change:
2200 feet
Usage:
Medium
Season:
June to November

Description

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 No. 140 Horseshoe Ridge trail in approximately 1 mile. Proceeding upstream the trail intersects with trail No. 156 at the confluence of Siouxon and Wildcat Creeks, after two miles. A short distance away the trail intersects trail No. 140 again. Continuing on Siouxon trail No. 130 about 1/2 mile further lies trail No. 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, Hickman's 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. Hickman's Cabin, built in the 1930's, 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. Mosses, big clover and ferns are abundant

The trail can be accessed from two locations along Road 5701. The first entry point is at Mile Marker 1. 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 difficulty finding room at this trailhead.

Details

Location:
Trailhead located along Road 5701 and Road 58
Length:
12 miles (19.3 km)
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Elevation Range:
1200 feet to 3400
Elevation Change:
2200
Usage:
Medium
Season:
June to November

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