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Big Huckleberry Mountain

Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - WA
45.7976, -121.7412 Map & Directions
11.5 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
2,930 feet
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A gorgeous slope of wildflowers in front of a crisp view of Mount Hood on a clear day. Photo by ctpf. Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits

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The trail to Big Huckleberry Mountain passes some of the best wildflower shows in the Gorge, and takes visitors to two former fire lookout sites, which means you'll get a workout and views for miles. It's a wonderful way to spend a day, provided you're OK with a rough road approach. Continue reading

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Hiking Big Huckleberry Mountain

Formerly the route for the Cascade Crest Trail (the precursor to the Pacific Crest Trail), the trail to Big Huckleberry Mountain is a steep, undulating path that takes hikers deep into the forests north of the Columbia River Gorge. 

From the trailhead, make your way through wildflower meadows, forests, and up a steep section of trail to Grassy Knoll, a popular destination in and of itself for wildflower enthusiasts. 

Many people stop at the Knoll, (2.2 miles from the trailhead) content to bask in the views of Mounts Hood and Adams. But those bound for Big Huckleberry Mountain continue on, weaving through wildflower meadows and forest. Head up towards Grassy Pass via another, broader knoll full of flowers. From the pass, descend to a small saddle before beginning to climb yet again on an open slope. Those of you looking for Dog Mountain alternates, here's where you'll see balsamroot pointing their faces to the sun. 

Head back into the forest and descend to Cold Springs camp, about 4 miles from the trailhead. Some folks do a horseshoe-esque loop from here, following an unofficial trail to FR 68 and a previously-stashed bike to get back to their car, but for the out-and-back route, you'll continue undulating along the ridgeline, heading to a junction with the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) at 5.4 miles. 

At this junction, the summit of Big Huck is almost in your grasp! Turn right at the junction, and then right once more onto a short spur trail to the summit. It's just 0.2 miles to the top, a final, steep push to another site of a former fire lookout. Surprisingly, the views from here aren't quite as all-encompassing as down at Grassy Knoll, but they're still quite good. Take a rest and soak in the views; you earned them! 

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Big Huckleberry Mountain

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 45.7976, -121.7412 Open in Google Maps

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

Drive east on Highway 14 from Stevenson. After 3 miles, turn left onto the Wind River Road and drive through the town of Carson. 4.1 miles from Highway 14, turn right onto Bear Creek Road. For 3.6 miles this road is paved, and then, at a horseshoe bend, it becomes gravel. This is now Forest Road 6808, which you’ll take for 7.2 miles to an unsigned, three-way intersection. There are two forks along the way; in both cases the main road is obvious – the alternate road shrouded by overgrown trees and grasses in the track. At the first one, bear right to stay on the main road, and at the second bear left.

At the intersection, take the left fork. This narrower, more rugged road is FR 68. There are few places for cars to pass, and more and larger potholes, so use caution on this section. Drive 2.1 miles to another junction. Turn right immediately to enter the parking area for this hike. The trailhead is marked with a sign across the road from the parking area.

More Hike Details


Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - WA

Grassy Knoll (#146)

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mount Adams Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Columbia River Gorge (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

Green Trails Wind River No. 397

Green Trails Willard No. 398

Buy the Green Trails Wind River No. 397 map

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