Trail #266 High Rock


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

Sawtooth area general map in the Cowlitz Valley Vicinity.  Sites include: 
Allen Mountain Trail #269
Big Creek Campground
Big Creek Trail #252

Cave Creek Trail #255
Greenwood Lake Trail #253  
High Rock Trail #266 
Osborne Mountain Trail #250
Silver Creek Trail #258 
Teeley Creek Trail #251

Area Status: Unreachable

This trail is open to hikers only.

This trail takes hikers up to High Rock Lookout, one of three fire lookouts remaining on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.  The lookout offers incredible views of the Sawtooth Ridge, Mt. Rainier, and much of the surrounding landscape.

The trail begins on Forest Road 8440 and climbs steeply through increasingly sparse conifers to High Rock Lookout. High Rock is a prominent 5,685 feet high peak on Sawtooth Ridge with a sheer 600 foot drop on its north face. Please use caution when exploring this area. Stay behind the cables. The fire lookout was built in 1929. Trail #266 is open only to hikers.

Horses, OHV's, and bicycles are prohibited due to steep cliffs and exposures. Occupancy of the lookout building is prohibited due to inadequate lightning protection.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 6/15/2021: Snow remains on road a approximately a mile and a half leading to trailhead. Trailhead parking area will be closed on June 24th and July 6th for renovation of the lookout.
Restrictions: No motorized use.  Occupancy of the lookout building is prohibited due to inadequate lightning protection.
Closest Towns: Randle, WA; Packwood, WA
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Cowlitz Valley Ranger District

General Information


High Rock/Greenwood Lake Trailhead 

Trailhead is at the intersection of Forest Road 8440 and the southern end of High Rock Trail #266.



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  Area/Length : 
1.6 miles

  Elevation : 
4320' - 5685'


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