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Purcell Mountain Trail

South Cascades


South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley
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16.2 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 4542 ft.
Highest Point: 5442 ft.


3.00 out of 5


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Northwest Forest Pass

Take a steep climb through a timber harvest area on the Purcell Mountain Trail. This is the longer and more challenging route to Purcell Lookout. If you want a shorter outing, check out the Purcell Lookout entry. 

If it's a workout you're after, start from this lower trailhead, and make your way to the summit of Purcell Mountain, the site of a former fire lookout.

Be sure to watch your step, as mountain beavers have been known to dig tunnels in the area and creating hazards for stock animals.


Purcell Mountain Trail

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 46.5334, -121.8384 Open map in new window


South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

Purcell Mountain (#284)

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Cowlitz Valley Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: South Cascades (Nelson - Mountaineers Books)

Buy the Green Trails Randle No. 301 map


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Purcell Mountain Trail

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