Looking for a cool hike on a hot summer day? The West Fork Fish Creek starts out hot as we hiked through the blackened spires from the 2015 burn. But eventually, we reach the Cathedral of Cedars where towering western red cedars shade the cool waters of Fish Creek. This is a relatively flat trail that follows along a cool creek is a great day hike.
From the Clearwater Crossing trailhead, we forded the creek, which was relatively deep and hairy in terms of footing. The suspension footbridge that once crossed West Fork Fish Creek was destroyed in the 2015 wildfire. After hiking roughly 3 miles, we came to pack bridge that marks the edge of the Cathedral of Cedars. We spent time resting and enjoying the large pool above the bridge before turning back to the trailhead.
Max elevation: 3950 ft