This riverside trail offers no expansive views and doesn’t explore any wildflower meadows or high alpine country, but it does track alongside a beautiful mountain river that sports a healthy population of hungry trout. It also provides ample opportunity to practice your bird-watching.
The trip can be done as a one-way hike by shuttling vehicles or by hitching a ride back down the road from Cooper Lake.
The trail follows the pretty Cooper River valley upstream to Cooper Lake. The trail stays on the north side of the creek, and at times the valley narrows enough for you to hear (and possibly see) traffic on the road that runs on the other side of the valley. Ignore that interruption as you explore the dense old-growth forest around you.