Hall Point

Hall Point

Elev. Gain: 
1,400 ft.
High: 
2,560 ft.
Where:
North Bend, WA
Distance: 
2.70 miles (round trip)
Difficulty: 
Strenuous
Rating: 
3
Nice trail and views, but not high enough to be epic
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Features

Overview

Short and sweet. And steep. Hall Point is a fantastic viewpoint along the Change Creek Trail, a scramble-turned-trail that starts near Olallie State Park and goes all the way to the top of Mt. Washington. Built on the backs of some burly volunteers, this trail is surprisingly solid and easy to follow from bottom to top with clear signage and hand-built steps in some of the steeper sections.

Like most unofficial trails, it's a bit tricky to find, but once you do, you'll probably have the place to yourself and reap the plentiful rewards that await. From the parking lot, follow the trail to the right of Change Creek up underneath and then onto a large steel railroad trestle, home of the graveled Iron Horse Trail.

Take a left across the bridge and then cross one more smaller bridge. At the third bridge (about 0.25 mile after you joined the IHT), you'll see a small trail on the outside of the chain railing (right side). Follow this up about a hundred yards and you'll see a sign letting you know you're on the Change Creek Trail.

Well done, you found it. Now all you have to do is march uphill for about a mile (1,200 feet gained) and score that view. When in doubt, stay on the main trail. You'll pass through Whitebark's Bivouac and eventually hit signage and a split in the trail. Follow the arrow to Hall Point or else you'll be heading to Mt. Washington (five miles away).

Permits & Tips

No fees or permits required. No water or toilet available (toilet at nearby Upper Twin Falls trailhead, Discover Pass required to park there). Expect a primitive trail and loose footing at times.

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How to get there

Go east on I-90 to Exit 38 and take a right at the end of the off ramp.
In 0.5 mile, a gigantic widened shoulder will appear on the left side of the road. Park on a paved section of this area opposite an unsigned creek (Change Creek) that runs under the road. Look for concrete railings if you need help finding the creek.
You'll find the unsigned trail that takes you underneath the old railroad trestle and up to the Iron Horse Trail on the right side of the creek.