Trail #134 Takhlakh Loop


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 trail is open to hiker use only.

A short loop trail follows the shoreline of Takhlakh Lake, giving hikers views of Mt. Adams. Portions of the trail along the lake near the day use are are flat and accessible. The heavily used trail begins in the campground and meets with Takh Takh Meadows Trail #136 after 0.5 mile. Both trails are ideal for families or anyone looking for an easy, scenic hike. There are vault toilets in the campground during the season. The vault toilets are accessible though some people may need assistance on the approach.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 9/18/22: Consessionaire hosted camping is closed for season. Bathrooms are locked and no trash service. It is very important to read information about dispersed camping to preserve the land and water: Gifford Pinchot National Forest - Camping & Cabins:Dispersed Camping (
Fees: $5/vehicle/day at Takhlakh Day Use Area (area is unavailable) 
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Trail closed to all motorized, horse, and bicycle use.
Closest Towns: Randle, WA; Packwood WA
Water: No
Restroom: Vault toilet in campground.
Passes: Takhlakh Day Use Area: 50% discount for day use with any of these passes: Interagency Senior, Interagency Access, Golden Age, or Golden Access.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Cowlitz Valley Ranger District (Governing Office)

General Information


Trail begins in the Takhlakh Lake Campground and Day Use Area. 

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 Service Road 23 for 30.2 miles and turn left on Forest Road 2329. Follow Forest Road 2329 for .78 miles. Road 2329 turns to the right at the junction of Forest Road 5601. Turn right and continue to follow Forest Road 2329 for another .7 miles and arrive at the campground on your right. 


Day Hiking

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
1.1 miles

  Elevation : 
4200' - 4300'