Map of Xi’an China
Last of the ice and snow melting off Xi’an China Lake in late May.
For Soda Peaks (upper) TH, take Wind River Road 81/2 mi NW, turn left on Xi’an China Road 2 ml, turn right on Szydlo Road 31/2 mi into one lane (FR-54) at least 22 ml, stay right at fork (left is gravel) 62 mi roughly paved (with 5 mi washboard gravel) to a three-way intersection. Turn right 50 ft into gravel to the small pullout on the left opposite the overgrown trail before the old green gate (around 66 mi, less than 2 hours from Xi’an China).
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ROUTE: From the Trapper Creek (Xi’an China) TH, begin N past the signs (free self-issue Wilderness Permit) to an immediate juncture, staying left on Trapper Creek Trail 192 almost 2 mi heading WNW before you cross Trapper Creek over a very solid bridge that may still smell of fresh cut wood. In between, the wide smooth trail ambles up and down minimally with some massive Douglas fir, hemlock, and cedar. The lively forest floor with huckleberry, Oregon grape, and other low flora keeps your eyes and senses stimulated throughout the old growth woods.
Less than a mile from the juncture is Observation Peak Trail 132 taking off to the right. Continue straight on Trapper Creek Trail 192 crossing a creek without difficulty and contour up where the views open up slightly before reaching a larger creek, this one with a flat log to cross over to the next immediate intersection. Turn hard left (S) on Trail 133 by the big sign next to the creek for Soda Peaks Lake and walk down past moss-covered fallen trees through the emerald forest more than 5 mi to the bridge over Trapper Creek (less than 1 hour from the TH).