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Northwest Oregon & Southwest Washington

As we mentioned in our previous post for several years we have been working on a goal to hike all 500 featured hikes in William L. Sullivan’s “100 Hikes…” series of guidebooks (post). In 2020 we completed the first of these books covering the Central Oregon Cascades (post). We followed that up by completing a pair of books in 2021 beginning with the 3rd edition “100 Hikes/Travel Guide Oregon Coast and Coast Range” on 7/31/2020. (post) A month later we crossed of the final hikes in the 4th edition “100 Hikes/Travel Guide Northwest Oregon & Southwest Washington”.

Generally speaking in order to check a hike off our list we need to have hiked a substantial portion of Sullivan’s described hike or visited the main attraction(s) he identifies for the hike. In many cases Sullivan provides multiple options for destinations/lengths as well as listing more than one distinct hike under a featured hike. For instance hike #68 – West Zigzag Mountain consists of an 11 mile out and back to the former West Zigzag lookout site and a 1.8 mile hike to Castle Canyon (which we have not yet hiked), each starting from a different trailhead with no overlapping (or connecting) trails. For three other featured hikes we have yet to do the separate shorter hike -#2 Aerial Tram & Council Crest we have not done the 1.8 mile loop to Marquam Shelter via the Portland Ariel Tram, #13 Tualatin Hills we have not done the 2.2 mile Cooper Mountain loop and #23 Ape Cave we have not done the 0.2 mile Trail of Two Forests. Additionally for hike #6 Northern Forest Park there are two options going in different directions from the same trailhead and we have only done the longer of the two. Then there are the hikes with multiple main attractions of which there are three that we have not made it to all of the suggested destinations: #27 Lava Canyon we have yet to visit The Ship, #59 Catherine Creek we have not been to the Indian Pits, and #76 Timberline Lodge Trails we haven’t made it up to the Silcox Hut yet. Finally hike #83 lists the entire 40 mile Timberline Trail as one of four options and we have not yet hiked the entirety of that trail. That leaves 16 featured hikes that we made it to all the main attractions and 76 that were completed either as described or with additional hiking added on.

The area covered in this particular book extends north from Salem into Washington to cover both the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and Mt. Adams Wilderness. To the east the area reaches just beyond The Dalles where it overlaps slightly with his eastern book by including the Klickitat Rail Trail in the Columbia Gorge section. Further south, below the Badger Creek Wilderness the eastern reach ends roughly at the Cascade Crest/Pacific Crest Trail. The area also extends SE of Salem to encompass most of the Bull of the Woods Wilderness, the Olallie Lake Scenic Area, and the northern end of Jefferson Park in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness. Unfortunately many of the hikes in this SE corner were burned over by wildfires in 2020 and 2021.
NWA rectangular view of the area which also includes some hikes from the Central Cascades book at the southern end and hikes from the Eastern book along the eastern end.

NW OnlyMap showing only hikes from the NW book.

In addition to the four wilderness areas already mentioned 7 additional wildernesses are located in the area covered. The Mark O. Hatfield, Mt. Hood, Salmon-Huckleberry, Lower White River, Roaring River, Clackamas, and Table Rock Wilderness.

Hikes range from urban walks in the Willamette Valley to alpine strolls above the treeline in the Cascade Mountains. Rivers and waterfalls, highlighted by the Columbia River Gorge, are frequent focuses of the hikes along with lakes and wildflower covered hillsides and meadows. A mix of ecological zones are present including alpine forests, pine-oak grassland, and sagebrush flats. Elevations range from just above sea level at Warrior Point to just under 9000′ on Mt. Hood along Cooper Spur.

With all that out of the way here is a list of the 100 featured hikes along with a photo (or two where two distinctly different hikes were included in the entry) from William L. Sullivan’s 2018 4th edition “100 Hikes/Travel Guide Northwest Oregon & Southwest Washington”:

#1 Tilikum Crossing – Hiked 12/14/2019
Tilikum Crossing

#2 Aerial Tram & Council Crest – Hiked 5/12/2018 (Council Crest)
Council Crest

#3 Washington Park – Hiked 5/12/2018
Pittock Mansion

#4 Balch Creek – Hiked 10/24/2020 & 1/01/2022
Witch's Castle

#5 Maple Trail – Hiked 12/14/2019
Maple Trail

#6 Northern Forest Park – Hiked 11/17/2018 (Germantown to Fire Lane 7a)
Wildwood Trail

#7 Tryon Creek Natural Area – Hiked 4/20/2019
North Horse Loop

#8 Oaks Bottom – Hiked 12/10/2017
Wapato Marsh

#9 Powell Butte – Hiked 10/1/2017
Mountain View Trail

#10 Oxbow Park – Hiked 10/1/2017
Sandy River

#11 Willamette Mission Park – Hiked 3/23/2019
Mission Trail

#12 Champoeg Heritage Area – Hiked 12/6/2015
High water marks on a tree in Champoeg State Heritage Area

#13 Tualatin Hills Nature Parks – Hiked 3/23/2019 (Tualatin Hills)
Chickadee Loop

#14 Warrior Rock – Hiked 5/11/2019
Warrior Rock Lighthouse Trail

#15 Ridgefield Refuge – Hiked 7/31/2021
Kiwa Trail

#16 Lacamas Park – Hiked 4/19/2015
Camas and plectritis meadow above The Potholes

#17 Silver Star Mountain – Hiked 6/30/2013, 6/27/2015, 6/26/2019
Ed's Trail along Silver Star Mountain

#18 Moulton Falls – Hiked 3/1/2017
Yacolt Creek Falls (This is Yacolt not Moulton Falls)

#19 Siouxon Creek – Hiked 6/4/2016 Burned 2020 in the Big Hollow Fire
Siouxon Falls

#20 Coldwater Lake – Hiked 5/11/2014, 7/16/2019, & 7/17/2016
Coldwater Lake

#21 Johnston Ridge – Hiked 8/22/2013 & 07/16/2016
St. Helens Lake

#22 Sheep Canyon – Hiked 7/14/2013
Mt. St. Helens

#23 Ape Cave – Hiked 7/11/2025
Inside Ape Cave

#24 Mt. St. Helens Rim – Hiked 9/7/2014
Mt. St. Helens rim

#25 June Lake – Hiked 7/19/2014
Waterfall at June Lake

#26 Ape Canyon – Hiked 9/17/2012 & 7/11/2015
Mt. St. Helens

#27 Lava Canyon – Hiked 9/17/2012
Lava Canyon Falls

#28 Windy Ridge – Hiked 8/28/2021
Windy Trail

#29 Spirit Lake – Hiked 7/16/16, 8/28/2021, & 8/29/21
Mt. St. Helens and Spirit Lake from Norway Pass

#30 Badger Peak – Hiked 8/28/21
Mt. Adams from Badger Peak

#31 Lewis River Falls – Hiked 5/29/2016
Lower Lewis River Falls

#32 Observation Peak – Hiked 7/7/2013 Burned 2020 in the Big Hollow Fire
Beargrass

#33 Falls Creek Falls – Hiked 10/13/2018
Falls Creek Falls

#34 Thomas Lake – Hiked 9/12/2015
Blue LakePictured: Blue Lake

#35 Junction Lake – Hiked 9/12/2015 & 10/3/2020
Junction Lake

#36 Cultus Lake – Hiked 10/3/2020
Cultus Lake from the Lemei Trail

#37 Sleeping Beauty – Hiked 8/1/2020
Mt. Adams from Sleeping Beauty

#38 Mt. Adams Meadows – Hiked 8/17/2014
Small cascade

#39 Cape Horn – Hiked 11/21/2015
Columbia River from the Cape Horn Trail

#40 Hardy Ridge – Hiked 5/8/2021
Trail to Phlox Point

#41 Beacon Rock State Park – Hiked 5/29/2013, 5/2/2015, 5/8/2021
Crazy wind and sideways rainHamilton Mountain

Beacon Rock TrailBeacon Rock

#42 Gillette Lake and Greenleaf Falls – Hiked 5/4/2019
Falls on Greenleaf Creek

#43 Larch Mountain Crater – Hiked 10/31/2020
Mt. Hood from the trail to Sherrard Point

#44 Latourell Falls – Hiked 10/31/2020
Upper Latourell Falls

#45 Angels Rest – Hiked 5/25/2013 Burned 2017 Eagle Creek Fire
Silver Star Mountain from the Angel's Rest Trail

#46 Multnomah and Wahkeena Falls – Hiked 7/2/2012 & 5/25/2013 Burned 2017 Eagle Creek Fire
Multnomah Falls

#47 Oneonta and Horsetail Falls – Hiked 7/2/2012 Burned 2017 Eagle Creek Fire
Triple Falls

#48 Wahclella and Elowah Falls – Hiked 3/21/2015 Burned 2017 Eagle Creek Fire
Wahclella Falls

#49 Eagle Creek – Hiked 10/9/2012 & 5/7/2014 Burned 2017 Eagle Creek Fire
Twister Falls

#50 Herman Creek – Hiked 10/3/2015 Burned 2017 Eagle Creek Fire
Indain Point

#51 Wahtum Lake – Hiked 10/26/2019
Wahtum Lake

#52 Mount Defiance – Hiked 7/16/2012 Burned partially 2017 Eagle Creek Fire
View from Mt. Defiance

#53 Mitchell Point – Hiked 3/27/2021
Mitchell Point

#54 Moiser Twin Tunnels – Hiked 4/25/2015
Inside Mosier Twin Tunnels.

#55 Tom McCall Preserve – Hiked 4/25/2015
Tom McCall Point Trail

#56 Dog Mountain – 5/17/2014 & 5/7/2016
Upper meadow on Dog Mountain

#57 Weldon Wagon Road – Hiked 3/19/2016
Weldon Wagon Trail

#58 Coyote Wall – Hiked 3/19/2016
Coyote Wall

#59 Catherine Creek – Hiked 3/19/2016
Sunrise from the Catherine Creek Trail

#60 Lyle Cherry Orchard – Hiked 3/27/2021
Lyle Cherry Orchard Trail

#61 Klickitat Rail Trail – Hiked 4/26/2014
Klickitat Rail Trail trailhead

#62 Wildwood Area – Hiked 5/24/2015 & 6/8/2019
Small fall on Cheeney CreekBonanza Trail

Boulder Ridge TrailBoulder Ridge Trail

#63 Old Salmon River Trail – Hiked 8/30/2015
Salmon River

#64 Salmon River Trail – Hiked 8/30/2015 & 6/2/2018
Frustration Falls

#65 Salmon Butte – Hiked 6/16/2013
Mt. Hood

#66 Hunchback Mountain – Hiked 7/11/2020
Hunchback Trail

#67 Devil’s Peak Lookout – Hiked 9/29/2018
Devil's Peak Lookout

#68 West Zigzag Mountain – Hiked 7/9/2012 & 7/4/2020
Viewpiont along the Zigzag Mountain Trail

#69 Burnt Lake – Hiked 7/13/ 2014
Burnt Lake

#70 Ramona Falls – Hiked 7/20/2012 & 8/24/2013
Ramona Falls

#71 McNeil Point – Hiked 8/20/2012 & 7/18/2015
Mt. Hood from the McNeil Point Shelter

#72 Cairn Basin – Hiked 8/20/2012, 8/11/2013, 8/13/2017, & 6/22/2019 (Owl Point)
Mt. Hood from the Vista Ridge Trail

#73 Lost Lake – Hiked 6/15/2019
Mt. Hood from Lost Lake

#74 Laurel Hill – 10/28/2017 & 10/30/2021
Pioneer Bridle Trail

#75 Mirror Lake – Hiked 10/28/2017
Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood and Mirror Lake

#76 Timberline Lodge Trails – Hiked 8/27/2012, 7/12/2014, & 8/20/2016
Hawk flying over the wildflowers in Paradise Park below Mt. Hood

#77 Timothy Lake – Hiked 9/15/2013
Mt. Hood from Timothy Lake

#78 Twin Lakes – Hiked 10/29/2016
Mt. Hood from Upper Twin Lake

#79 Umbrella Falls – Hiked 7/21/2013
Umbrella Falls

#80 Elk Meadows – Hiked 7/21/2013
Mt. Hood

#81 Tamanawas Falls – Hiked 4/3/2016
Tamanawas Falls

#82 Cooper Spur – Hiked 9/24/2016
Cooper Spur Shelter

#83 Timberline Trail at Cloud Cap – Hiked 8/3/2014, 8/13/2017, 8/17/2019
Mt. Hood and Barret Spur from Elk Cove

#84 Bald Butte – Hiked 5/21/2017
Mt. Hood

#85 Lookout Mountain – Hiked – 6/28/2014, 10/13/2019, & 10/16/2021
Mt. Hood from Lookout Mountain

#86 Fret Creek & Oval Lake – Hiked 6/28/2014 & 10/16/2021
Oval Lake

#87 Badger Creek – Hiked 5/24/2014 & 6/28/2014
Badger Creek

#88 Butte Creek Falls – Hiked 3/1/2015
Upper Butte Creek Falls

#89 Table Rock – Hiked 10/11/2012, 7/4/2015 & 6/21/2020
Table Rock

#90 Memaloose Lake – Hiked 6/18/2020 Burned 2020 Riverside Fire
Memaloose Lake

#91 Clackamas River Trail – Hiked 6/25/2012 Burned 2014 36 Pit and 2020 Riverside Fires
Pup Creek Falls

#92 Fish Creek Mountain – Hiked 6/28/2019 Burned 2020 Riverside Fire
High Lake

#93 Riverside Trail – Hiked 11/9/2019 Burned 2020 Riverside Fire
Clackamas River

#94 Shellrock and Rock Lakes – Hiked 9/22/2013
Serene LakePictured: Serene Lake

#95 Bagby Hot Springs – Hiked 7/14/2028
Bagby Hot Springs Forest Camp

#96 Pansy Lake – Hiked 8/16/2019 Burned 2021 Bull Complex
Pansy Lake

#97 Red Lake – Hiked 10/10/2013 & 9/5/2015 Burned 2020 Lionshead Fire
Heather on the Double Peaks trail

#98 Monon Lake – Hiked 9/12/2019 Burned 2020 Lionshead Fire
Mt. Jefferson and Monon Lake

#99 Top Lake – Hiked 10/10/2013, 9/5/2015 & 9/12/2019 Burned 2020 Lionshead Fire
Double Peaks from Top Lake

#100 Jefferson Park Ridge – Hiked 10/7/2012 Burned 2020 Lionshead Fire
Mt. Jefferson, Russel Lake, and Park Butte

4 replies on “Northwest Oregon & Southwest Washington”

I used to be into peakbagging until I realized that there are more “lists” of peaks out there than time in my life. Still, those lists did to lead to some great adventures / hikes. As Sullivan’s guide / lists seemingly did for you. You are raising “hikebagging” to new heights! 😁

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