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Quartz Creek Trail #5, WA

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Difficulty 4 of 5
Distance One Way 9.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,774 feet
Elevation Gain 2,461 feet
Accumulated Gain 3,146 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 19.88
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Water
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Middle Falls Trail
1.2 mi away
1.0 mi
250 ft
Middle Falls Loop
1.4 mi away
1.5 mi
200 ft
Lewis River Waterfalls
Lewis River Waterfalls
2.4 mi away
7.0 mi
500 ft
Quartz Ridge - Summit Prairie Trail
3.4 mi away
6.0 mi
1,800 ft
Cussed Hollow Trail
3.7 mi away
5.0 mi
600 ft
Spencer Butte Trail
3.7 mi away
3.0 mi
800 ft
Craggy Peak Trail
3.8 mi away
11.0 mi
1,800 ft
Wright Meadow Trail
3.9 mi away
3.0 mi
100 ft
Snagtooth Mountain Trail
4.8 mi away
3.5 mi
700 ft
Steamboat Mountain Trail
6.2 mi away
2.0 mi
800 ft
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Noted for its old-growth trees, this trail offers a superb opportunity for solitude. A trip in and out of the area will be at least a two-day hike.

Leaving the Lewis River/Quartz Creek Trailhead the 10.2 mile Quartz Creek Trail #5 travels upstream, climbs and then descends to Straight Creek, 1.6 miles from Forest Road 90. Straight Creek must be forded, which may be difficult during periods of high water. From the ford, the trail climbs steeply then contours across hillsides on the north side of Quartz Creek until it intersects Quartz Creek Butte Trail #5B.


The 1.7 mile Quartz Creek Butte Trail #5B heads southeast and fords Quartz Creek then climbs to the end of Forest Road 9075 and Summit Prairie Trail #2.

After it's intersection with Quartz Butte Trail #5B, Quartz Creek Trail #5 starts a dangerously steep ascent nearly 0.5 mile long, followed by contouring and a gradual descent to the Snagtooth Trail #4 junction at 6.3 miles from the trailhead. From here travel another 1.25 miles, crossing Quartz Creek twice, and come to the French Creek Trail #5C junction. The trail continues to climb through progressively more open terrain to its junction with Boundary Trail #1.

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