Trail #164 Backbone Lake


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: Unreachable

The trail starts in an old harvest area and has a short climb before leveling out and entering forest. A fork to the east heads towards Backbone Lake, while the main trail continues climbing north, following Backbone Ridge on the border of Tatoosh Wilderness to end at Highway 706 in Mt. Rainier National Park.

This trail is well documented as having been used by the Taidnapam people as they traveled up Mt. Rainier from the Cowlitz Valley. It was mainly used by mountain goat hunters. Goats are often spotted on Backbone Ridge.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 07/2016: Trail #164 is not accessible from Forest Road 1270 due to removal of Jody's bridge. There are no immediate plans to replace the bridge.
Restrictions: Wilderness Regulations apply within Tatoosh Wilderness.
Closest Towns: Randle, WA; Packwood WA
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Cowlitz Valley Ranger District

General Information


ALERT: This trail is not accessible due to the loss of Jody's Bridge on Forest Road 1270.

From Packwood, WA drive east on US-12 for 4.9 miles. Take a left on Forest Road 1270 and follow Forest Road 1270 to the end to reach the trailhead.



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  Area/Length : 
3.3 miles

  Elevation : 
1880' - 3360'


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