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Cussed Hollow

Southwest Washington

Location

Southwest Washington -- Lewis River Region
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Length

5.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 3400 ft.

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 
 

Nestled in the forests in the upper Cussed Hollow Valley, this lower elevation hike thaws more quickly than some of the other trails in the area, attracting ground-foraging wildlife such as the forest grouse and their prey.

Grouse are present in 34 of Washington’s 39 counties. The western slope of the Cascades is home to the sooty blue grouse. Males have blue-gray feathers, complemented by orange and white accents. Females are smaller and less flashy, mildly decorated with brown and gray coloring. To spot one, tread softly and listen for a “whoomp!” calling sound. Look for areas of disturbed soil and stray feathers where the birds are known for “graveling.”

You may not be the only one camping out for grouse-gatherings. The brush offers good coverage for sneaky bobcats, who crouch and watch their prey before pouncing on the chicken-sized birds. While bobcats are reclusive by nature and mostly quiet, when they do make noise, it can be rather upsetting if you don’t know what to expect. A noisy bobcat often sounds like a woman screaming or a baby crying.

Ready for some wildlife spotting? Set out on the woodland trail, crossing over and around several tributaries on their way to Cussed Hollow Creek. Steadily descend into Cussed Hollow through western white pine, Douglas fir, and Silver fir trees before turning uphill around 1 mile. Pop out around the ridge at 2.5 miles. This is a good spot to turn back the way you came, straining your ears above the babbling brooks for the calls of the wild.

 

Cussed Hollow

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.1731, -121.9257 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Southwest Washington -- Lewis River Region

Cussed Hollow (#19)

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mount Adams Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

South Cascades

Green Trails No. 365 Lone Butte

Getting There

From Cougar, drive about 30 miles east on Forest Road 90 to the Lewis River Campground and the junction with FR 93. Turn left (north) and continue 18.8 miles to the trailhead on the right.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 

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