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Siouxon Creek Trail is a fantastic option for trail running in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. It offers stunning scenery and varied terrain.

Siouxon Creek Trailhead

There are two trailheads for Siouxon Creek Trail:

  • The main trailhead is located 3.7 miles down Forest Road 5701. Although mostly paved, Forest Roads 54, 57, and 5701 can be rough.
  • A shorter option starts at a hairpin turn on the same road, 0.7 miles north of the intersection with Calamity Peak Road. It adds 3 miles of running on Huffman Peak Trail before reaching the main Siouxon Creek Trail.

The Siouxon Creek Trail is roughly 12 miles long (out and back) and follows Siouxon Creek for most of the way. Expect a mix of terrain, including rolling sections, switchbacks, and some steeper climbs. You’ll also encounter creek crossings, some on rustic log bridges and others requiring fording (depending on water levels). The trail offers beautiful views of the forest, waterfalls like Horseshoe Falls and Chinook Falls, and stunning clear pools along the creek.

 

Some trails in the Siouxon Creek area are still being repaired due to the Big Hollow Fire in 2020.

 

Due to its distance, elevation gain, and uneven terrain, Siouxon Creek Trail is considered moderate to challenging. The shorter option, starting at the hairpin turn, might be a better choice for beginners. More experienced runners can enjoy the entire 12-mile route or even further, depending on their fitness level.

 

 

Summer offers pleasant running conditions but be prepared for hot temperatures. Spring and fall can be wet, with the potential for higher water levels in the creek. Winter brings snow, making the trail unsuitable for running. Be aware of potential encounters with wildlife like bears and rattlesnakes. The trail can be busy with hikers, especially on weekends.

 

Chinook Falls on Siouxon Creek Trail.

 

Check the conditions for Siouxon Creek at one of these ranger stations:

Cowlitz Valley Ranger District
(360) 497-1100
10024 US Hwy 12
PO Box 670
Randle, WA 98377

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument & District
(360) 449-7800
Twitter: @MtStHelensNVM
42218 N.E. Yale Bridge Rd.
Amboy, WA 98601

In addition to the 12-mile out-and-back, there is a 20-mile loop to Huffman Peak. Unfortunately, the Huffman Peak Trail is closed due to the Big Hollow fire in 2020. Check back with the Forest Service to see when these trails will open. From Huffman Peak, there are beautiful views of the rivers and mountains. The 20-mile route also requires crossing Siouxon Creek, which can be dangerous in the Spring.

 

Jason Fedchak crossing Siouxon Creek.