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Red Hill

Central Washington

Trip Report By

WTA Member




Hiked Jun 2, 2021

Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Trail in good condition


Road suitable for all vehicles


Bugs were not too bad


Snow free

Extreme Heat Advisory, the National Weather Service said today. Ninety Nine degrees our car proclaimed today when we returned from Red Hill. Hmm, I see a trend. 
Despite the advertised heat, I have to say that it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. One mile of this trail is through private property and this has been clear cut. Clear cut can be very hot. The rest of the trail was fairly well shaded, and never particularly steep, we didn’t suffer much.

An onslaught of wildflowers kept us busy and entertained. We had 57 flower IDs and nine new ones that we could not ID. Truly one of the most stunning flowers around is a Lady Slipper. This was only our second time seeing this flower and we were treated to dozens of them!

The trail is shared with bikes and motorcycles but their impact is minimal. Only the final half mile was impacted to any great degree. We saw neither bike nor fellow pedestrian all day. 
The trail is dry, dry, dry so bring all you will need. The tread is generally excellent, I would recommend it as a trail run (12 miles RT with an 18mile loop  possible).


Bob and Barb on Red Hill

Can you please tell us at about what mileage you saw the Mountain Lady Slippers? At 82 and almost 84 we do not elevate very well in high temperatures! We saw several Mountain Lady Slipp

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Bob and Barb on Jun 03, 2021 11:56 AM

mediancat on Red Hill

Nice report. Can you identify where the trailhead is or where you kicked this off and what road conditions might be? thanks!

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mediancat on Jun 03, 2021 01:01 PM

Shells McBells on Red Hill

I really would love to go here. Can you help with coordinates for the parking area? It would be greatly appreciated!

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Shells McBells on Jun 03, 2021 01:05 PM

Ups n Downs on Red Hill

Great report, thanks. I've had this ear marked for years in my 100 Hikes in the Alpine Lakes book. Saw a few Lady Slippers on Devil's Gulch trail a few years ago.

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Ups n Downs on Jun 03, 2021 03:50 PM