Seattle: Andy Creek to Russell Ridge

Explore a wild kingdom of birds, elk, and black bears on this 5.4-mile, moderately challenging dayhike in the William O. Douglas Wilderness.
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  • Distance: 4.3



Location: 46.6578521728516, -121.238143920898

Swing NE up rough, often undriveable road; follow signs for Andy Creek


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Official trailhead: Hop on Andy Creek Trail through deer-filled meadow


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Go slow: Trail is awfully steep for short bit, but the brilliant wildflowers will distract you from your burning legs


Location: 46.6630477905273, -121.234916687012

Skip across the upper stretch of Andy Creek. On its muddy banks, you'll see all sorts of tracks, including deer, elk, black bear, perhaps even cougar


Location: 46.6648254394531, -121.23787689209

Keep your camera handy for next series of meadows. Trail heads upward with S views to Goat Rocks Wilderness


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Views grow bigger. Below is Rimrock Lake along WA 12. Mt. Adams pokes out in the distant horizon. Meanwhile, watch the wildflower show get better with each stride, while Western tanagers drift from tree to tree


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Turn L onto Russell Ridge Trail into a mix of white pines, Pacific silver fi rs, and occasional grassy areas


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Unsigned Y junction. Keep L, staying with Russell Ridge


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More big-league panoramas of nearby slopes, peaks, and lakes


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Clark's nutcrackers scavenge for seeds and nuts along ridge. Bootjack Rock sits below.


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Eat lunch along picturesque ridge. Snow lingers on N side into summer. Retrace steps to car .