Mt. Adams area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Welcome to Trout Lake, photo of welcome sign and Mount Adams in the background

9/08/15:  Due to the Cougar Creek Fire, a small area south of Mount Adams remains closed.  Affected recreation sites include Gotchen Creek, Pineway, Smith Butte, Cold Springs, and Snipes Mtn.

The Mt. Adams area is administrered by the Mt Adams Ranger District. This area is located in the eastern portions of Gifford Pinchot National Forest in southwest Washington, and comprises 367,000 acres. This area includes Mt. Adams Wilderness, Indian Heaven Wilderness and Trapper Creek Wilderness.

Mt. Adams is a prominent landmark in the area. Elevations here range between 1200 feet at the Wind River Work Center, 12 miles north of Carson, WA., and 12,276 feet at the summit of Mt. Adams. Precipitation varies from 70.7 inches of rain and 65.1 inches of snow at the Wind River Work Center and 44.1 inches of rain and 95.7 inches of snow at the Mt. Adams Ranger District office in Trout Lake, WA. The area features a great diversity of habitats and features, from old growth to second growth forest, wetland areas, low and high elevation meadows, glaciers, and low and high elevation lakes.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 09/09/2015:  Portions of the Mt. Adams Wilderness are closed due to the Cougar Creek, Riley, and Horseshoe Fires.  The following trails are closed:  Riley Trail #64, Cold Springs Trail #72, Snipes Mountain Trail #11, Pine Way Trail #71, and Gotchen Creek Trail #40, and portion of Morrison Creek Trail #39, east of Forest Road 8040. 
Operational Hours:
  • Open Monday- Saturday.    
  • 8:00 AM to 4:30PM.
  • Office may be closed for Lunch from 12:00pm to 1:00pm.
  • Commercial Forest Product Permits (i.e. mushrooms, beargrass, salal, huckleberry) will be sold from 8:00 AM to 11:45AM, and 1:00PM to  4:15PM.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Information Center: Please contact the Mt. Adams Ranger District at 509-395-3402.

General Information


Mt Adams Ranger Station:

2455 Hwy 141
Trout Lake, WA 98650

District Ranger:  Mosé Jones-Yellin

Phone: (509) 395 3402

TTY: (509) 395 3422

Directions: At Bingen, WA., take Hwy 141 north 25 miles to Trout Lake, WA. Continue on Hwy 141 through Trout Lake, one mile , and you will see the sign for the Mt. Adams Ranger District.

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