Trail #117 Council Bluff


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

High Lakes area general map in the Cowlitz Valley Vicinity.  Sites include: 
Adams Fork Campground
Boulder Trail #1C 
Cat Creek Campground
Council Bluff Trail  #117
Green Mountain Trail  #110 
Hamilton Buttes Trail  #118 
Hamilton Peak Trail  #109
High Lakes Trail  #116
Horseshoe Lake Campground
Keenes Horse Camp
Keenes Trail #120
Killen Creek Campground

Spring Creek Trail  #115
Squaw Creek Trail  #265
Takh Takh Meadow Trail  #136

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This trail is open to hiker use only.

The trail climbs to the semi-open summit of Council Bluff, providing views of Mt. Adams and surrounding peaks.  Please use caution when hiking this trail; there are steep cliffs in the area. Take the Boundary Trail #1 a short distance northwest of Council Lake to the junction with Council Bluff Trail.

In 1932 the Forest Service built a fire lookout on top of Council Bluff. The structure was removed in the 1960s.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 11/13/2017: Snow on the trails.
Restrictions: This trail is open to hiker use only and is closed to all other uses.
Closest Towns: Randle, WA; Packwood, WA
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Cowlitz Valley Ranger District

General Information


From Randle, Washington travel south on State Highway 131 (Forest Roads 23 and 25). Veer left in 1 mile at the Y of Forest Road 23 and Forest Road 25. Continue to follow Forest Road 23 for approximately 32 miles and turn right on Forest Road 2334. Follow Forest Road 2334 for approximately .8 miles and turn right on Forest Road 2324016. Follow Forest Road 2324016 for approximately .2 miles and arrive at Council Lake. Hike northwest along the Boundary Trail to the Junction of Trail #117.



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