by Roger Gervin
My 2005 trip report on this peak stated that:
“Yes, it’s 4000 feet of elevation gain; however, considering the excellent trail condition (well graded switchbacks and lots of needles to cushion your steps), it will probably be the easiest 4000 feet of elevation gain you will ever do.”
13 years have passed since that comment and my opinion on this has not changed.
Driving Directions: From the Brick Tavern in Roslyn, Washington drive WA-903/Salmon La Sac Road for 15.5 miles. Turn right onto the unpaved FS-4330 and drive it for 1.6 miles to the signed left-hand turn for Davis Peak Trail #1324, leaving another half-mile drive to the actual trailhead (~2540′).
At 0.0 miles (2540 feet) – Trailhead for Davis Peak Trail #1324
At 3.7 miles (5740 feet) – base of Point 5988 – start the loop portion of our trip
At 4.5 miles (6426 feet) – Lookout Site – listed on the topo map as “Davis Peak”
At 4.9 miles (6500 feet) – Davis Peak Central per peakbagger.com – definitely higher than the lookout
At 5.5 miles (5988 feet) – Point 5988
At 5.6 miles (5740 feet) – base of Point 5988 – close the loop portion of our trip
At 9.3 miles (2540 feet) – get in the car and drive home
While the trail is in excellent shape from the trailhead to the lookout and then on over to Davis Peak Central, the trail becomes more of a faint path if you continue beyond the central peak over to the ridge that connects the southwest peak and Point 5988.
9.3 miles roundtrip, gaining 4249 feet of elevation.
Click here for more detail, images from this trip, along with GPS information.