Hansen Creek - NF 5510

North Bend, Washington (King County)

Last Updated: 01/20/2019
4.7 / 5 ( 7 reviews )
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Highlight: Hansen Creek - NF 5510
The trail is a nice gravel road that can lead you to some beautiful hiking destinations. Humpback Mountain, Little Saint Helens, and Scout Lake are all short trails that have their hiking trailheads at various spots along this forest road. Note that short does not mean easy in this case, you will work your way over rocks, steep hills, and a few ruts to get to the unique and picturesque views. If the snow level drops to 3000ft don't forget to spend some time at the parking lot/borrow pit at the end and enjoy the tranquility.


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead is a fairly open area intersecting a power-line road with multiple roads branching off. When you arrive from Tinkham Road/NF-55 you'll notice a trail double-backing behind you. There are actually two 500ft stretches from Tinkham Road/NF-55 to this trailhead. No shooting signs are clearly posted, as is the bullet-hole-ridden 5510 sign. Drive south-westerly, passing the 5510 sign to begin your ascent up NF-5510.

Directions to Trailhead

From I-90 take Exit 47 for Denny Creek/Asahel Curtis. Turn south (right if you are heading east on I-90, left if you are heading west on I-90) onto NF-55 toward Asahel Curtis Rd and the Annette Lake Hiking Trailhead. Turn west (right) onto Tinkham Road (which is also NF-55). At approximately 1.2 miles, turn south-westerly (left) onto NF-5510. Approximately 500ft afterwards you reach an open area that is the beginning of the trail. If you wish to stop and get out of your car at any point to hike around, be sure to bring your Northwest Forest Pass.



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Questions & Answers (1)

Q: As you approach, there is that trail to the right (first picture in the details you've provided). Do you happen to know where that goes? I drove down about 1/2 mile, then circled back until I figured out if a) I should be on that road or is it a service road for the power lines and b) does it let out somewhere, or is it a drive-back road? Thanks in advance for any answers you can provide.
–Trent Thompson (06/01/2019)
–Trent Thompson (06/07/2019)

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Jasmine & Jon Hughes

Mapping Crew - Washington

Centered in the pinnacle of the Pacific NW and growing up cruising around the small town of Quilcene, Jasmine grew with a fascination and passion for outdoors and travel, many of those adventures fueled by the family's 1998 Jeep Cherokee. Years later, photography grew as a way to capture and share the adventures being had. After a road trip from Seattle to San Diego in a 1996 Jetta, a 4WD truck would be the next step in going further in photographing the wild places of the West. In December of 2016, a manual 1989 Toyota Pickup was purchased and those dreams would continue to flourish. Jon grew up in a small Wisconsin town. In 2004, his parents decided to purchase a new Jeep LJ. They picked the LJ because of the additional room, as it would be used for a road trip to Florida. After joining the navy, the family Jeep followed Jon down to Georgia and became his own. It took him to Virginia, and then Washington. It wasn't until Washington that things started to happen for Jon and his Jeep. Jasmine, now his wife, got him more interested in hiking, and ultimately overlanding. Over time, Jon and Jasmine realized that they wanted to use the Jeep to tackle harder trails, and spend weekends in ORV parks. It was through this decision that the mostly stock Jeep received a refreshing upgrade after 15 years of driving. Jon usually drives the Jeep when the trail is in question, and to allow Jasmine to document the trails. Currently, Jon has been in 26 states with the Jeep, via family trips and his time in the navy. Jon hopes to travel to every state with his Jeep, including Alaska and Hawaii.
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