Part of a chain of orienteering maps in the Teanaway Community Forest, Lick Creek is rugged, challenging, and beautiful. There is a ton of contour details and large areas without trails, making this one of Cascade’s most challenging and rewarding maps to navigate. Vegetation becomes quickly outdated here, so do not rely on vegetation alone; contours are your best friend!

New orienteers should consider choosing a shorter or easier course than usual.

Lick Creek is rugged and moderately hilly, with some especially steep areas that nice course designers try to avoid. Deadfall on the ground makes running or hiking more strenuous.

Lick Creek Sample

Note: Samples of the map are provided here for educational purposes only; the map shown here is not kept up-to-date. The course shown is a Beginner/Intermediate course, and actual controls do not exist in the terrain.

The purpose of providing these navigational and physical ratings below is to provide greater context for how challenging an orienteering course at this venue might be. For example, an advanced-level course at a local city park will be easier to complete than an advanced-level course in the mountains.

Navigational Challenge Rating: 8/10

There is a lot of contour details on the Lick Creek map. There are prominent ridges, but then also many small spurs and re-entrants coming off of these. Combined with large areas without trails, this is one of Cascade’s most challenging and rewarding maps to navigate.

The map also contains detailed vegetation information, but vegetation becomes quickly outdated in this area due to both growth and logging. Do not rely on vegetation alone; contours are your best friend!

While there are large trails and prominent ridges to help keep you from getting completely lost, new orienteers should consider choosing a shorter or easier course than usual.

Physical Challenge Rating: 8/10

Lick Creek is rugged and moderately hilly, with some especially steep areas that nice course designers try to avoid.

While the open pine forests and grassy areas are considered quite passable when compared to many forests in Western Washington, the amount of deadfall on the ground makes running or hiking more strenuous.

Lick Creek is typically used for longer events, and participants should consider carrying water and snacks on the course.