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|DOIN' THE DOUG - TRAIL GUIDES|
Echo Basin Trail
Photo courtesy of LiefPhotos.com
Alaskan cedars by the trail. Photo courtesy of David Tvedt.
| Length: 2 mile loop (WS says 2.4 miles)
Elevation Gain: 4,200 - 4,800 feet
Forest Service Trail #3410 Site: Echo Basin Trail
|This is another of the wildflower rich trails to the north of
Highway 20 near Tombstone Pass. (The others include Cone
Peak and Iron Mountain.) Like the
Cone Peak Trail, you can see stands of Alaskan yellow cedar, which
are rare this far south in the Cascades. Echo Basin is supposed to
have the largest examples of yellow cedar in the area.
The trail starts in regenerating forest, the result of a clear cut, so the only trees will be Douglas Fir and alder. There is a junction at about 0.7 miles up the trail (which has been an old logging road.) This starts a loop trail. William Sullivan recommends starting to the right, and crossing a bridge over Echo Creek. Further along the trail you will encounter an old growth forest of silver fir, hemlock, Douglas Fir and the Alaskan cedar. The end of the trail is Echo Basin, which in the late spring offers great views of the valley and of the wildflowers blooming there.
Plank boardwalk have been added in the boggy parts of the meadows. Please stay on the trail here and elsewhere to protect the plants.
|Directions: From Sweet Home, travel east on Highway 20 for
approximately 37 miles. (William Sullivan says 39 miles). Forest
Road 055 (usually marked with an "Echo Basin Trail" marker) is on
the left, turn onto this rough road and travel 2.1 miles to the
trailhead. Parking is on the shoulder of the road.