Trail #113 Killen Creek

Area Status: Open

This Trail Open to Hiker and Equestrian Use.

Historically used for berry-picking and later for sheepherding on Mt. Adams, the 3.1 miles Killen Creek Trail climbs through forested areas and open meadows within Mt. Adams Wilderness. It offers spectacular views of Mt. Adams as well as meadows full of wildflowers in season. The trail ends on the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 at about 6000 feet near the intersection with High Camp Trail #10

It is often used as an access trail for mountain climbers attempting routes up the north faces of Mt. Adams. Review the Mt. Adams Summit page for information about climbing Mt. Adams. A Cascade Volcano Pass is required from May 1st to September 30th for anyone age 16 and older traveling above 7000ft elevation on Mt. Adams, even if not attempting the summit.


At a Glance

Current Conditions: 06/28/2023: Trail is accessible. Mosquito repellent recommended in the season. Please contact the Mt. Adams Ranger district for more information at 509-395-3402.
Permit Info:
  • Wilderness permit required to enter Mt Adams Wilderness. Permits are free and self-issued at trailhead. 
  • Purchase of a Cascades Volcano Pass is required if you are climbing above 7,000 feet elevation in Mt. Adams Wilderness, between May 1 and September 30. 
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions: Wilderness Regulations apply in Mt Adams Wilderness Building, maintaining, or using a campfire, within Mt. Adams Wilderness is prohibited:
  • Above the Round-The-Mountain Trail #9 from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest Boundary west to Pacific Crest Trail #2000;
  • Above Pacific Crest Trail #2000 north to the intersection of Highline Trail #114;
  • Above trail #114 north and east to the Gifford Pinchot Forest Boundary. (36 CFR 261.52(a) )
Closest Towns: Trout Lake, WA
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mt. Adams Ranger District

General Information


Killen Creek Trailhead

From Trout Lake, WA take Mt Adams Road for 1.3 mi. Continue on Forest Road 23 towards ​Randle and follow for approximately 23 miles. Then take Forest Road 2329 (towards Takhlakh Lake) and follow for about 5 miles to the trailhead.    

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Climbing

Recreation areas with activity Mountain Climbing:
Please refer to the Mt. Adams Summit page for more information regarding climbing on Mt. Adams

Day Hiking

Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking:


Recreation areas with activity Backpacking:

Horse Riding

Recreation areas with activity Horse Riding:
Please limit early-season horse use because of wet conditions. See activity description under Backpacking.

Viewing Wildlife

Recreation areas with activity Viewing Wildlife:

Viewing Plants

Recreation areas with activity Viewing Plants: This trail was originally a Native American trail used to access berry-picking areas.

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
3.1 miles

  Elevation : 
4600' - 6100'