This is a great loop hike with a total of 4.3 miles. The difficulty is Moderate with an elevation gain of 1,250 feet. We will cross bridges, go up and down switchbacks through a great forest of Douglas Firs, and visit a peak which is basically just forest. If it’s a nice day, we can take another 2.6 mile loop to extend out hike. This loop is mostly flat and includes destinations such as Doughty Falls via Shy Bear Pass and Long View Peak.
**Directions to the Meetup Point / Trailhead**
I-90 east to exit 15 (Newcastle Way, State Route 900). Drive south about 2.5 miles and turn right into the Wilderness Creek Trailhead parking lot. The turn into the parking lot is not signed. It is on a wide corner of SR 900. The parking lot is not large.
**What to Bring**
A good flashlight because we will be hiking primarily in the dark, warm clothing, rain jacket, and boots because the trail is muddy this time of year.