Trail #161 Tatoosh


A map depicting trails for the Tatoosh Wilderness.

Trail Maps for:

Backbone Lake #164
Blue Hole #167
Grant Purcell Falls #162a
Tatoosh Lake #161b
Tatoosh Lookout #161a
Tatoosh #161

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

This trail is open to hiking and horseback riding only.

From Tatoosh North Trailhead the Tatoosh Trail climbs into Tatoosh Wilderness through dense forest for approximately 2 miles before coming to the open subalpine terrain of Tatoosh Ridge. Following the ridge south, the trail passes many scenic openings then descends steeply to Forest Road 5290 and Tatoosh South Trailhead.

The Tatoosh Trail was originally built to access a grazing allotment for cattle. There was also a Native American trail up Tatoosh Ridge, east of the existing trail. Parts of this trail can still be found today.

Special Conditions: Steep with exposures. Limited trailhead space at both ends. Camping opportunities along the trail are limited.

At a Glance

Permit Info: Wilderness permits are required. Permits are free and self-issued at trailheads.
  • Wilderness Regulations apply.
  • Camping/campfires are prohibited within Tatoosh Lakes Basin.
  • Pack and Saddle stock are prohibited on the Tatoosh Lakes Trail #161B due to the steep grades and poor condition of the trail. Stock are prohibited within Tatoosh Lakes Basin. 
Closest Towns: Randle, WA; Packwood WA
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Cowlitz Valley Ranger District

General Information


From Packwood travel to Trailhead: Tatoosh South or Trailhead: Tatoosh North.

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  Area/Length : 
9.0 miles

  Elevation : 
2400' - 5800'