Cowlitz Divide Trail

Mount Rainier National Park
Located 35.6 miles from Buckley, Washington (WA)
4 Stars
9,847 Steps 1  (4.3 mi)


The Cowlitz Divide Trail has a maximum elevation of 4,823 ft (1,470 m), a minimum elevation of 2,221 ft (677 m), and an elevation range of 2,602 ft (793 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
9,8474.3 mi2,221 ft4,823 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
2.0 hrs0.00 ft2,602 ft
[ B to A ]
2.8 hrs216.82,602 ft0 ft

What is the length of the Cowlitz Divide Trail?

The length of the trail is 4.3 mi (7.0 km) or 9,847 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Cowlitz Divide Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 2.0 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 2.8 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.

Topo Maps

Download the free Cowlitz Divide Trail topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Mount Rainier National Park topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Sunrise, WA
  2. North Topo Map: White River Park, WA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Norse Peak, WA
  4. West Topo Map: Mount Rainier East, WA
  5. Topo Map: Chinook Pass, WA
  6. East Topo Map: Cougar Lake, WA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Tatoosh Lakes, WA
  8. South Topo Map: Ohanapecosh Hot Springs, WA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: White Pass, WA

Is there a Cowlitz Divide trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Cowlitz Divide Trail is located on the Chinook Pass topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.



  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.