McQuade Creek Trail is a moderate to difficult 5.2 mile trail. This trail begins in dense, young forest and crosses two stream channels. After traversing a harvest unit, you enter a mature and old-growth forest for a wonderful mid-slope hike. McQuade Creek Shelter (a primitive three-sided structure) was once a welcome sight to hikers shortly before the trail connects with Chimney Peak Trail at the wilderness boundary. Wood rot and storm damage collapsed the shelter in 1996.
Directions from Sweet Home: Travel east on Hwy. #20 about 4 miles and turn left on Forest Road 11 (Quartzville Road.) Follow for 32 miles to Forest Road 1142 and turn right. Follow 1142 for 4 miles to the trailhead. Access road to the trailhead is rough, horse trailers are not recommended.
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