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Ariel, Washington

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  • Woodland, Washington

    Explore the Cedar Grist Mill

    3.6
    After parking in the lot near the mill, walk across the bridge. This is the first good viewpoint for photography. Next, I recommend walking under the bridge, this is my favorite spot for taking photos. The whole area is free to walk around, you can even walk in the mill and then walk up stream do...
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  • Ariel, Washington

    Kayak at Yale Lake

    5.0
    Just 55 miles northeast of Portland lies a body of water so pure you have to see it to believe it...that's right, we're talking about Yale Lake. One of three lakes beneath Washington's ever rumbling Mount St Helens, Yale offers the outdoor lover just about everything they could ask for: calm wat...
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  • Portland, Oregon

    Hike to Warrior Rock Lighthouse

    4.0
    6 mi / 100 ft gain
    This is a perfect easy hike close to Portland on Sauvie Island that offers more than just a walk through a forest. At the end of the 3 mile trail is a long secluded beach and the Warrior Rock Lighthouse. This has become one of my favorite go-to runs on a summer weeknight evening or for a quieter ...
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  • Ariel, Washington

    Fly Fish Merrill Lake

    1 mi / 100 ft gain
    Surrounded by old growth forest, Merrill Lake near Cougar, Washington is the perfect little gem to get in some late summer, mid-elevation mountain lake fishing. The morning and evening hatches are known state wide for the size of fish they attract. There are stories of Eagles even stealing trout ...
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  • Ridgefield, Washington

    Hike Whipple Creek

    3 mi / 200 ft gain
    Each trail is well maintained and easy to navigate through the area.  All trails are either packed dirt or gravel depending on which trail you’re on. The Douglas-firs, hemlocks, ferns, Oregon grape and many other native tree and plant varieties grow in the area that make the area abound with wild...
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  • Amboy, Washington

    Siouxon Trail to 14 Mile Falls

    5.0
    13.03 mi / 2310 ft gain
    When you park at the top of the trail, all you see is layers and layers of emerald trees and ground clear of any underbrush. Once on the trail, you start on a rapid decline that brings you to the first of the many streams along this hike. Cross the bridge made out of logs and head towards the ma...
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  • Cougar, Washington

    Explore the Ape Caves

    4.0
    As if erupting volcanoes weren't awesome enough, ancient lava flows also left behind these giant, hollow tubes as they cooled. Spend all day exploring deep underground in this 2.5 mile cave.To get there, head to the SOUTH side of Mount Saint Helens. You must pass through the town of Cougar to get...
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  • Yacolt, Washington

    Hike Silver Star Mountain

    4.6
    Silver Star is simply a must-do hike for adventure lovers here in the Northwest!From the parking area, take the main trail up to the first open meadow. Eds Trail splits off here, meeting back up just before the summit. Be warned, Eds Trail is much steeper in sections and is more difficult than th...
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  • Vancouver, Washington

    Kayak Vancouver Lake

    This is a lovely shallow lake for kayaking with spectacular views of Mt Hood and Mt St. Helens on clear days. It’s an ideal spot for beginners to learn water sports including, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding and swimming. There is a beach and park available for those afternoon picnics and nap...
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  • Yacolt, Washington

    Hike Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista

    4.5
    6 mi / 2000 ft gain
    The Grouse Vista Trailhead is located through the town of Washougal off of highway 14 just past Camas. Once you leave the city, the road will turn to gravel and dirt though it is fairly well maintained until snow arrive and accessible by most cars so long as you're willing to get drive over loose...
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  • Cougar, Washington

    Mount St. Helens Summit via Worm Flows

    4.8
    10.53 mi / 5725 ft gain
    The Worm Flow Route, starting at Marble Mountain Sno Park, is the most direct winter route up to the summit. You'll start at around 2,700 feet and begin a steady walk along the trail for 2 miles. Although the trail is fairly well marked well above the snow, you'll want to pay attention to the arr...
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  • Cougar, Washington

    June Lake Loop via Pine Martin Trail

    5.0
    5.93 mi / 1079 ft gain
    In the winter you will need to start at Marble Mt. Snowpark and purchase a snow park permit. The hike starts here on the eastern side. Follow the Pine Ski Trail for about 1 mile along NF-83 Road. Then follow the June Lake Trailhead up to June Lake for about 1.5 miles. You will come to June Lake a...
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  • Cougar, Washington

    Mount St. Helens Summit via Monitor Ridge

    4.4
    8.64 mi / 4652 ft gain
    Monitor Ridge is the "easiest" of the routes one can take in order to claim that they have stood on top of the sleeping giant better known as Mount St. Helens. This route is heavily favored over Worm Flows as the starting elevation is not only an additional 1,000 feet higher but the overall asce...
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  • Cougar, Washington

    Loowit Trail Loop

    4.0
    32.46 mi / 7014 ft gain
    This is a very difficult hike. Camp sites are scarce and access to water is very limited. Overexposure is a concern so be sure to pack a hat and apply sunscreen frequently. There are sketchy sections of the trail where you will be forced to navigate steep washed out gullies that are unstable due ...
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  • Cougar, Washington

    June Lake

    2.47 mi / 0 ft gain
    June Lake, is a beautiful mountain lake located in Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington. The out-and-back trail starts at the June Lake Trailhead and parking area. This hike is family-friendly at just under 2.5 miles to June Lake. Dogs are permitted on the trail on their leash.  This park...
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  • Camas, Washington

    Hike Lacamas Heritage Trail

    5.0
    3.5 mi / 139 ft gain
    Used often for cross country practice, the Lacamas Heritage Trail is a popular gem in Camas, Washington for all citizens. It is family and dog friendly and comes with endless scenic views of the beautiful Lacamas Lake. Parking is free and there are bathrooms at the entrance.
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Camping and Lodging in Ariel

Sunset Camp
Yacolt, Washington

Sunset Camp

Govt Mineral Springs Guard Sta
Carson, Washington

Govt Mineral Springs Guard Sta

Beaver Campground
Carson, Washington

Beaver Campground

Paradise Creek Campground
Carson, Washington

Paradise Creek Campground

Lower Falls Campground
Skamania County, Washington

Lower Falls Campground

Panther Creek Campground
Carson, Washington

Panther Creek Campground

Guides, Insights and Stories from Ariel

The Best Campsite Ever: Salmon Creek and Sardine Lakes

The Best Campsite Ever: Salmon Creek and Sardine Lakes

Benjamin Canevari

Ultra Running Around Mt. St. Helens

Ultra Running Around Mt. St. Helens

Rachel Davidson

The 10 Best Campsites near Portland, OR

The 10 Best Campsites near Portland, OR

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My Five Favorite Parks in Portland, OR

My Five Favorite Parks in Portland, OR

Adam Edwards

10 Must-Do Winter Adventures near Portland, Oregon

10 Must-Do Winter Adventures near Portland, Oregon

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