Raider Camp Trail

At A Glance

Most Difficult

2.8 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 2.8
Steepness: Climbs Steeply
Tread Condition: Very Rough
Blaze Color: Yellow
Trail Number: 277
Hikes That Use This Trail: Harper Creek Falls


Follows an old road bed up Raider Camp Creek from the campsite below Harper Creek Falls. Deeply eroded in places. Bypasses a section of the old road on a singletrack trail.

Formerly, this trail ended near the Kawana settlement above South Harper Creek Falls. Now, at the point where the Mountains to Sea Trail swings south off of Raider Camp, the official route of this trail goes north down the ridge above South Harper Creek Falls to the cliff-top overlook area. Shortly before reaching the overlook, the trail veers left and begins a gradual descent through a series of switchbacks to the creek at an area above the falls. The trail crosses the creek onto an angled rock slab before reaching the Harper Creek trail in a short distance on the other side.

Intersecting Trails

  • Harper Creek
  • Pine Ridge
  • Mountains to Sea Section 4
  • This trail is located in the Wilson Creek Area area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Wilson Creek Area trails list page.

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    Trail Segments

    Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:

    South Harper Creek Falls Overlook

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.25 mi

    Raider Camp - Harper Creek to Pine Ridge Tr.

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.32 mi

    Raider Camp - S. Harper Ck Falls Overlook to MTS

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 335 ft

    Raider Camp - Pine Ridge Tr. to S. Harper Falls Overlook

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 1.82 mi

    Harper Creek - Raider Camp Connector

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.46 mi

    Total Calculated Length: 2.91 mi

    This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.



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