Trapper Creek Wilderness

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Trapper Creek Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Map showing the location of Trapper Creek Wilderness
Map showing the location of Trapper Creek Wilderness
Location Skamania County, Washington, USA
Nearest city Stabler, Washington
Coordinates 45°54′14″N 122°01′40″W / 45.90389°N 122.02778°W / 45.90389; -122.02778Coordinates: 45°54′14″N 122°01′40″W / 45.90389°N 122.02778°W / 45.90389; -122.02778
Area 5,970 acres (24.2 km2)
Established 1984
Governing body U.S. Forest Service
Hiker next to a large old-growth tree in the Trapper Creek Wilderness

The small Trapper Creek Wilderness area consists of 5,970 acres (24 km2) in southern Washington in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The wilderness covers nearly the entire Trapper Creek drainage and is the only pristine anadromous fish habitat in the Wind River watershed.[1] The terrain is very steep and rugged and holds many streams and waterfalls – one as tall as 100 ft (30 m). It is one of the few sizeable blocks of low-elevation old-growth forest remaining in southern Washington. There are many relatively popular and well maintained hiking trails in the wilderness area.

Many animals inhabit this wilderness, including the Roosevelt race of elk which can often be found near dry creek in the winter and spring while remaining higher up, close to the ridge trail, just below Observation peak during summer and fall. From the top of Observation peak one can see panoramic views with Mount Hood, Mount Adams, Mount Rainier, Mount Jefferson and the Goat Rocks all in view.

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