Quantico Cascades Trail

View of Quantico Creek from Quantico Cascades
Quantico Cascades Trail

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0.7 miles, 1.1 kilometers

The Quantico Cascades Trail is a short, easy hike down to Quantico Creek marked with yellow blazes. The trail head is located at Parking Lot E and there are side-trail options with Lake One Road and North Valley Trail.

Throughout your hike, you will travel through the open forest. There are many opportunities to see downed logs and snags which provide habitat to many of the park's wild inhabitants.

 
View of Quantico Creek
View of Quantico Creek from Quantico Cascades Trail

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After a short descent and about 15 minutes down the trail, you will come upon Quantico Creek. Here you can see the creek meandering over and through large rocks that cover the stream bed and banks.

The trail will follow the creek for about 5 minutes. The first Geology Trail Marker can be found on the banks of the Quantico Cascades Trail. Here you can learn about the volcanic history of the park.

 
Footbridge leading to North Valley Trail
Footbridge leading to North Valley Trail

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The trail ends at a small foot bridge on the North Valley Trail. From here you can back-track on Quantico Cascades Trail to Parking Lot E, or you can extend your hike onto North Valley Trail.

Last updated: September 28, 2017

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