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Eliot Branch Crossing

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Hikers crossing the Eliot Branch in 2019 (bobcat)


In 2017, a route of the Timberline Trail took it 700 feet lower down the canyon than previous crossings of the Eliot Branch. The reroute also extends the trail by 1.5 miles. There are numerous well-graded switchbacks on both the descent and ascent offering views to Mount Adams, Mount Rainier, and Mount Saint Helens. The reroute was designed to carry the trail into a less volatile section of the canyon, which experienced a severe washout in 2006.

At the bottom of the canyon, the route of the Timberline Trail leads up to a fordable narrows below a waterfall. However, in 2019 there was a very stable log downstream that could also be crossed via a short detour. The Forest Service has decided not to install a temporary bridge at the crossing. Needless to say, the topography will change from year to year, so you should always be prepared to ford (See Tips for Crossing Streams).

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