Hike 56
The Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Bunker Hill Hike
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Map of the Bunker Hill Hike

Length: 3.4 Miles round trip
Elevation Change: 1200' Elevation gain
Season: Spring thru Fall
Difficulty:   Challenging
Permit:   NW Forest Pass Required


Features:

This short little hike is just a stones throw from the Whistle Punk hike. It is located on Forest Road 417 just a short distance of FR 43. The trail head is located where the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT 2000) crosses FR 417.

The trail begins on a level walk across a field toward Bunker Hill. After crossing the field the trail enters a dense growth area for about a half mile. Then you will come to a junction where the PCT continues on its way north, and the trail to the top of Bunker Hill bears off to the left. Follow this Trail #145.

There are a couple of good reasons to climb to the top of the tree covered Bunker Hill. One reason is that you get to walk through a small stand of Old Growth trees. The trail is fairly steep and has a number of switchbacks.

The 2nd reason to climb the hill is that just before you get to the top, at the corner of the last switchback there is a small users trail out to a great viewpoint. Go ahead and take a quick look at the top of this tree covered hill, then return to the users trail and walk out to the viewpoint. This makes the hike really worth it.



Old growth trees on Bunk Hill in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Old growth trees on Bunk Hill
How to get there:

from Portland, OR
From Portland, travel east on Interstate Hwy 84 to Exit 44 to Cascade Locks. Exit the freeway and cross over the Columbia River into Washington via the Bridge of the Gods. Then turn right, or east, and head east through Stevenson, Washington to the intersection of the Wind River Highway to Carson, Washington. Bear left onto the Wind River Highway which will take you through Carson, Washington.

from Vancouver, WA
From Vancouver, WA travel east on SR14 through Stevenson, Washington to the intersection of the Wind River Highway to Carson, Washington. Bear left onto the Wind River Highway which will take you through Carson, Washington.

from Carson, WA
Continue north on the Wind River Highway (FR30) for about 8.6 miles to the little community of Stabler and the junction with Forest Road 43, also called Hemlock Road. Turn left onto FR43 and cross a bridge over the Wind River and continue west for a couple of miles to the junction of FR43 and Forest Road 417. Turn right onto FR417 and follow it but a short distance, and you will see the sign for the Pacific Crest Trail on your right. Park here for the trailhead for this hike.



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