Hooter and Castle River Trails – The Outdoor Women

The Hooter Trail leads from the Castle Flats Cabin to the Castle River Cabin. The Castle River Trail continues upstream from the Castle River Cabin to the boat tie-up. The trail is an enjoyable day hike from either cabin.Combined Length (one way): 1.2 miles


Rating: Easiest
USGS Map: Petersburg C-4

Access: You can reach the trailhead via boat or floatplane to either the Castle Flats Cabin or the Castle River Cabin west of the Castle Islands in Duncan Canal.

Description: The Hooter Trail leaves the Castle Flats Cabin and winds through second-growth forest and small muskegs to the river cabin. The trail continues as the Castle River Trail for another mile along the river to the boat tie-up above the rapids.

Attractions: The Castle River Trail leads to several fishing spots along the river, which supports runs of silver salmon and steelhead. You can row upstream at least 1 mile from the boat tie-up. If you use the boat, please secure it at the tie-up when you leave or the current will carry it downstream. Contact the Petersburg Ranger District for Castle Flats or Castle River Cabin information and cabin permit applications.

History: The Civilian Conservation Corps cleared a trail along the Castle River and built a shelter at the mouth of the river in the 1 930’s. The Forest Service has maintained the river trail since the 1 940’s. In 1979, a Youth Conservation Corps crew constructed the Hooter Trail to connect the two cabins.

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