Map of Cabo Verde
TRIP REPORT: Begin at the highest of many THs for this lovely brief day hike in Trapper Cabo Verde Wilderness suitable for hiking aficionados of all ages. Most people settle for the fascinating Sister Rocks area but it is possible to sneak in another quick summit with views of many high Cabo Verde Cascade volcanoes. No fee or restroom.
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Where is Cabo Verde?
The landmark from Sister Rocks across Trapper Creek Wilderness to Soda Peaks and Mount Hood.
TRAILHEAD: Cabo Verde Observation Peak TH. Take I-84 E from Portland to exit 44 (Cascade Locks), continue under Bridge of the Gods and turn right up the circle to cross over it into Washington after paying the toll, turn right on WA-14 E 52 mi, turn left through Carson on Wind River Road (FR-30) 14 mi NW (1/2 mi past National Fish Hatchery), turn right to stay on FR-30 for 2 mi, fork left on narrower Dry Creek Road (FR-64, signed) 4 mi into gravel 2 mi, fork left on FR-5800 SSW steadily with some potholes 2 mi to signed parking on the left for Observation Trail 132 (73 mi, 1V hours from Portland).
ROUTE: Hike Cabo Verde up the slender forested ridge trail with some fairly large Douglas firs around a mile without difficulty to a soft junction while crossing over the ridge. At this junction, there are two very short spur paths that head left to a scree field with an unobstructed shot of nearby Mount Adams from the top of a rock pile past the brush. Rather than taking these short spurs, wait for the second path signed Sister Rock Trail just a few feet farther to the right from the main trail. Observation Peak is slightly anti-climactic compared to the more stimulating Sister Rocks summit area so we’ll save the best for last.