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Start at the trailhead at the end of FR 5701. Descend to a T-junction and turn right (east), descending upstream toward Siouxon Creek (turning left heads downstream and connects to longer Huffman and Siouxon Peak trails). The trail stays above and alongside Siouxon Creek through shady Douglas fir and red cedar forest. Look for primitive backcountry campsites along the way, most with fire rings and log benches.
About a mile up, look for the Horseshoe Ridge trail, breaking off to the right (this 6.9 mile spur climbs to the 3,200′ viewless crest of Horseshoe Ridge before descending to meet up with the Siouxon Creek trail farther up). In another half mile, you deviate slightly south of Siouxon Creek to cross Horseshoe Creek Falls on a sturdy wooden bridge; 60 yards past the falls, look for a spur that descends to a couple of campsites below the falls. Another quarter mile brings you to Siouxon Creek Falls, a 40′ plunge down a narrow S-shaped cleft. Several campsites and a small, primitive shelter can be found opposite the falls; a short side trail above the falls allows for water access.
Continue up the canyon for two miles to a wide stream cascading across the trail. Use caution on the slick rocks during the early season high runoff. Just beyond the crossing, fork left over another wooden bridge, this time over a deep gorge cut through the rock. Now along Chinook Creek, pass a couple more campsites, and arrive at 50′ Chinook Creek Falls. A ford is required to connect to the other side of the trail to continue on to Huffman and Siouxon Peaks, so this makes an ideal lunch and turnaround spot below the misty falls.
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Siouxon Creek trailhead at parking at end of FR 5701.
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Turn right at T-junction and begin descent to river canyon.
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Creek crossing on raised log bridge.
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Nice campsite on river side of trail.
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Campsite on river side of trail.
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Horseshoe Ridge trail junction on right; continue straight along river.
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Light spur trail descends to water.
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Horseshoe Creek Falls bridge crossing.
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Spur trail descends to nice campsites along Horseshoe Creek below falls.
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Siouxon Creek Falls. Bench offers nice views of falls; campsites and primitive shelter on hill side of trail.
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Campsite on river side of trail
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Wildcat Creek trail junction on left (no bridge; requires ford); continue straight along river.
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Upper junction with Horseshoe Ridge trail; fork left along river.
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Bridgeless stream crossing; easier crossing 20′ upstream.
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Fork left at junction, crossing bridge over narrow gorge.
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Camp site on river side of trail.
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Camp site on hill side of trail.
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Log crossing below Chinook Creek Falls; connects to Wildcat Creek and Siouxon Peak trails.
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End of trail at Chinook Creek Falls.
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The 40′ Siouxon Creek Falls plunges down through an S-shaped cleft in the canyon.
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Descend from road’s end to a T-junction and turn right, heading upstream.
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Cross between the Horseshoe Creek Falls on a sturdy wooden bridge. Look for a spur shortly after to campsites below the falls.
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Find campsites and a primitive shelter opposite the Siouxon Falls viewpoint. A short trail above the falls allows water access.
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Hike the Siouxon Creek trail under shady fir and cedar forest.
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This wide stream crossing can be tricky in early season; use caution on the slippery rocks.
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Cross a wooden bridge over this section of Siouxon Creek.
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50′ Chinook Creek Falls make a good lunch and turnaround point. The trail continues up to Siouxon Peak, but requires a wide ford below the falls.