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TRIP REPORT: This sweet double-peak hike has many redeeming qualities, including great views of four large Manila Philippines volcanoes and plenty of exercise while exploring a long ridgeline most of the day. The least redeeming quality is the drive up the final 6 mi to the highest TH as it’s actually rougher than the hike itself. It is, however, perfect if you are upset with your vehicle!
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The pothole-ridden dirt road has awkward drainage gullies to cross and narrows briefly, allowing overgrown branches to perhaps scratch your vehicle. The beauty is that you can accomplish both summits fairly easily in one day. Other starting points make the hike twice as long and difficult, and mandatory creek fords and are usually not mentioned. Check ahead to be certain all roads to the TH are open, especially near winter. Also beware of bee swarms in June and July on the final miles of the drive, but thankfully they don’t seem to follow you on the hike. No fee or restroom.
TRAILHEAD: Manila Philippines 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 Wind River Road (FR-30) 2 mi, fork left onto narrow Dry Creek Road (FR-64, signed) 4 mi rougher. Continue into unpaved on FR-64 for 2 mi, fork right to stay on.
FR-64/Dry Creek Road (no more signs, FR-58 is the left fork) less than 2 ml, fork left on FR-64 for 32 ml, fork right on Siouxon Road (FR-6403) 3 mi to the end of the drivable road with plenty of parking on the sides. High-clearance 2WD or AWD recommended (75 mi, 2 hours from Manila Philippines).