Trail #216A Ptarmigan

Area Status: Unknown

This trail climbs steadily, passing through forest and small meadows. Views of Mount Adams, Mount Hood, and Yale Reservoir present themselves along the southern horizon. Provides main access to Monitor Ridge Climbing Route and Loowit Trail #216.

The junction with Loowit Trail #216 is reached in 2 miles. A composting toilet is located on a short, marked side trail, just beyond the junction. A basin below Monitor Ridge marks the end of the Ptarmigan Trail and a good lunch spot with views to the south. Beyond this point is the Monitor Ridge Climbing route, which requires a climbing permit.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Winter conditions exist; expect snow and ice.
Permit Info: Climbing Permit is required for travel above 4,800 ft.
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Summer-Fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Climbing Permit required above 4,800 ft. 
Closest Towns: Cougar, WA 
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Climbers Bivoac Trailhead.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Gifford Pinchot National Forest Offices

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Climbers Bivouac Trailhead



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  Area/Length : 
2.1 miles

  Elevation : 
3700' - 4700'


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