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    Killen Creek Trail

    Difficulty
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    Moderate
    Duration
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    3-4h
    Distance
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    9.3 km
    Elevation
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    457 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    Killen Creek Trail is a 9.3 km out and back trail in Gifford Pinchot National Forest. This trail is 9.2 km long and moderately difficult. The incline is never too steep, but it never stops. Enjoy gorgeous wildflowers in the early summer and nice mountain views on this moderately trafficked route. This trail is also good for backpacking trips.

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    Route Description for Killen Creek Trail

    Killen Creek Trail is a popular pick for backpackers in the area, and its connection to the PCT means you might run into some thru-hikers as you go. This trail is known for its wildflowers in the early summer and nice views of Mount Adams. This can be used for both day trips and for backpacking trips.

    This trail is moderately difficult. The incline isn’t ever too steep, but it’s very consistent. You’ll be heading up and not stopping. Let the meadows and streams take your mind off the climb if you need.

    Begin from the trailhead. The route heads roughly south, climbing through flower-filled meadows and through forests. It’s a scenic route. There are no junctions to consider until the end of the trail, so navigation is about as simple as it gets. Pass a pond on your left before the climb picks up a bit. Cross the East Fork Adams Creek and complete the final steps to the end of the trail, which is at the junction with the PCT. From here, turn around and retrace your steps.

    Getting to the Killen Creek Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for Killen Creek Trail is on Midway Loop Road.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Killen Creek Campground

    • When to do

      June-October

    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Yes

    • Route Signage

      Average

    • Crowd Levels

      Moderate

    • Route Type

      Out and back

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