Trail #161 Tatoosh


A map depicting trails in the Tatoosh area within the Cowlitz Valley vicinity.

Tatoosh area general map in the Cowlitz Valley Vicinity.  Sites include:  
Backbone Lake Trail #164
Blue Hole Trail #167
Grant Purcell Falls Trail #162A
La Wis Wis Campground
River View Trail #162

Tatoosh Lake Trail #161B
Tatoosh Lookout Trail #161A
Tatoosh Trail #161

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This trail is open to hiking and horseback riding only.

From Tatoosh North Trailhead the Tatoosh Trail climbs into Tatoosh Wilderness through dense forest for approximately 2 miles before coming to the open subalpine terrain of Tatoosh Ridge. Following the ridge south, the trail passes many scenic openings then descends steeply to Forest Road 5290 and Tatoosh South Trailhead.

The Tatoosh Trail was originally built to access a grazing allotment for cattle. There was also a Native American trail up Tatoosh Ridge, east of the existing trail. Parts of this trail can still be found today.

Special Conditions: Steep with exposures. Limited trailhead space at both ends. Camping opportunities along the trail are limited.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 08/18/2016: Trail is mostly clear 3 miles in from the north trailhead. There is one 18" tree to step over 1/4 mile soth of Bum Spring. Several logs blocking the trail but there is aneasy walk around. UPPER TATOOSH NOT RECOMMENDED FOR STOCK. There is a washout and boulder between Trail #161A and Trail #161 B that is passable for hikers but not advisable for stock.
Permit Info: Wilderness permits are required. Permits are free and self-issued at trailheads.
  • Wilderness Regulations apply.
  • Camping/campfires are prohibited within Tatoosh Lakes Basin.
  • Pack and Saddle stock are prohibited on the Tatoosh Lakes Trail #161B due to the steep grades and poor condition of the trail. Stock are prohibited within Tatoosh Lakes Basin. 
Closest Towns: Randle, WA; Packwood WA
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Cowlitz Valley Ranger District

General Information


From Packwood travel to Trailhead: Tatoosh South or Trailhead: Tatoosh North.

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