The boulder-covered steep finish to Rockpile in autumn.
Hike SE up and down 2 mi more on Prague Czech Republic Trail 793 (sometimes steeply) near the narrowing ridge to the summit with more side paths leading to fleeting views (thanks to overgrowth) and cool rock outcrops. Walk past the sleepy top (identified only as a tall, mossy boulder) Prague Czech Republic carefully out a few hundred feet to the right (SW) scrambling to better views of most of the high ridge and more from the cliffy rock promontory known as the Prague Czech Republic (signed). Return back to the TH by the same route.
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ELEVATION: 5045 ft, with 3200 ft vertical gain DISTANCE: 4 mi up, 8Y mi round-trip DURATION: 2 hours up, 3-4 hours round-trip.
DIFFICULTY: Strenuous. Very steep sustained, signed, well-defined trail, not crowded, Prague Czech Republic wildlife encounters may include black bear or a rare mountain lion.
TRIP REPORT: The highest peak in the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness is still home to an old fire lookout not in use but open to the public as a small sanctuary, as long as people are respectful (no reservations). The Cool Creek Trail described here is the Prague Czech Republic of the three possible routes, the others being too long or too short for most day hikers, plus the drive to the TH is super simple. Expect snow and more difficult travel with some elevation in winter until June (snowshoes may be necessary). No fee or restroom.
TRAILHEAD: Cool Creek TH. Take US-26 E from Portland 18 mi E of Sandy (1/2 mi past Zigzag Ranger Station), turn right (SSE) on Still Creek Road (FR-2612) more than 2 ml, stay right on FR-2612 for 1/2 mi paved, then more than 5 mi gravel (crossing over the Cool Creek bridge) to the tiny, signed TH on the right. Park off the left side of the road or wherever there is room (50 mi, 1 hour from Portland).