Trail #7 Klickitat


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

Klickitat area general map in the Cowlitz Valley Vicinity.  Sites include:  
Cispus Lookout Trail #127
Dry Creek Trail #125
Klickitat Loop Trail #7A 
Klickitat Trail  #7
Pompey Peak Trail #128
South Point Lookout Trail #123

Area Status: Unreachable

This trail is open to hikers, horses and bicycles.

The 17.1 mile Klickitat Trail is a major ridgetop trail, extending from Kilborn Creek to Elk Peak.  Features include ridgetop views, Castle Butte, Jackpot Lake, St. Michaels Lake, and St. John Lake.

The west end of this lightly used trail begins on Forest Road 5508.024 on the Cowlitz Valley District and the east end is on Forest Road 22. Much of the trail corresponds with an original Indian trail which extended from near the mouth of Siler Creek, over Lone Tree Mountain, around Pompey Peak and Horseshoe Point, dropped to Hugo Lake and eventually crossed the Cascades at Cispus Pass. It is called the Klickitat Trail because it extended into the upper Klickitat River drainage. Indian peeled cedar trees can be seen along the trail. Indians made folded bark baskets to collect huckleberries along the ridge system. Castle Butte and the other high peaks along this trail were carved by glaciers. St. Michaels Lake and St. John Lake are in cirque basins also carved by glaciers. Expect patches of snow as late as August.

Special Conditions: Limited trailhead space at Forest Road 22.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 11/25/2020: Unreachable due to snow
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Trail closed to all motorized use.
Closest Towns: Randle, WA; Packwood, WA
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Cowlitz Valley Ranger District

General Information

Directions: The west end of the lightly used trail begins on Road 5508.024 in the Randle District and the east end is on Road 22 in the Packwood District.



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  Area/Length : 
17.1 miles

  Elevation : 
4400' - 5500'