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Hamilton Creek Viewpoint

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Hiker standing at the Hamilton Creek Viewpoint (Jeff Statt)
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View of Hamilton Creek from the viewpoint. The ridgeline is the back side of Hamilton Mountain(Jeff Statt)
The old rail bed (Jeff Statt)
Cable left from turn-of-the-century forestry operations in the area (Jeff Statt)

Coordinates and Elevation are approximate

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Description

This is an unofficial name for a rather non-description location along the Cedar Falls trail. It's the location of a large slide - providing an excellent vantage point of the strong running Hamilton Creek down below.

Hamilton Creek drains the entire watershed between Hamilton Mountain and Table Mountain. About a mile or so downstream from here it empties out into the outlet stream for Greenleaf Slough, and empties into the Columbia River. Hamilton Creek get's it's start way up in the highlands near Three Corner Rock.

It is said that the creek bed contains a myriad of treasures from by-gone days - treasures in the form of turn-of-the-century railread and forestry artifacts. If you were to ford the creek for a ways upstream, it would not be unlikely to find all sorts of railroad ties, barrels, and other equipment left by workers in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

In fact, there is a 'trail' to this location following an old railbed from the west end of Greenleaf Slough. The trains used to carry newly cut trees out of the forests here. You may be surprised looking at your surroundings just how barren this whole area was just 100 years ago.,

Getting down to the creek from this spot is tricky but doable. Just remember you have to come back up! The easiest way down is probably at the north end of the slide.

For a place so close to civilization, this is a very quiet spot.


It is said that from this point

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