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Day Hike - Foothills Trail: Wilkeson to Carbonado

Explore the history of Wilkeson and Carbonado, hiking on the former railroad line connecting the two, now part of the Foothills Trail, passing spectacular scenery enroute and having lunch at the historic and popular Carbonado Saloon.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 400 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 1,191 ft
  • Pace: 2.5 mph

Meet at 10:30 AM at Nomad PNW Coffee Shop, 529 Church St., Wilkeson, reached from  SR 167  by turning east on SR 410, right (south) onto SR 165 in Buckley, going left at the T junction to stay on SR 165 southbound and stopping at Nomad PNW Coffee shop at 529 Church St in Wilkeson.  Church Street is SR 165 through Wilkeson.

We can use the restrooms at Nomad PNW Coffee Shop and then we'll caravan the short distance to the nearby Wilkeson Fire Department parking lot, from which we start our hike.  No parking pass is required.  This has been described as the best section of the Foothills Trail, which is being constructed one segment at a time.  A video of the hiking route is available on line.  We'll have lunch at the Carbonado Saloon, which is highly rated for its food, so the only food participants need to bring is trail snacks and hydration.  Restrooms are available at the Nomad PNW Coffee Shop and the Carbonado Saloon.  This is an out and back hike on the same route.  Participation is limited to people age 21 and over because alcohol is served at the Carbonado Saloon.  


Foothills Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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