- 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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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.
- (1) Tamanos Creek Camp
- (2) Owhigh Lake
- (3) Dear Creek Camp
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
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