Trail #2 Summit Prairie

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This is a multi-use trail.

Starting at the Forest Road 90, the 9 mile Summit Prairie Trail begins with a steep climb for 2 miles before crossing Road 9075 near the west end of Quartz Creek Butte Trail 5B. From this point, the trail continues north in a series of switchbacks to the crest of Quartz Creek Ridge. As you traverse the ridge top, meadows reward you with views into the expansive tree-lined valleys of Quartz and French Creeks. The horizon holds snowcapped volcanoes and high open ridges of the Dark Divide.

Before reaching the junction with the Boundary Trail #1, you will pass by remains of the Summit Prairie fire lookout built in 1929-1930. The lookout was abandoned in the 1960s, but if you use your imagination you can visualize what it must have been like to be a fireguard at this remote location. As you near the junction with the Boundary Trail, a small prairie opens where domestic sheep herds and Forest Service pack stock once grazed in the summer months.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 5/15/2020: Open
Closest Towns: Trout Lake, WA
Water: Treat all non potable water before consuming.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mount Adams Ranger District

General Information


From Cougar, WA travel east on Forest Road 90 for about 41 miles. The access point is about a mile west of the Forest Road 88 intersection with Forest Road 90.

Trail can be accessed from Forest Road 90 or Boundary Trail #1.



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  Area/Length : 
9.0 miles

  Elevation : 
2400' - 5200'