Trail #111 Thomas Lake

Area Status: Unknown

This Trail Open to Hiker and Equestrian Use.

This 3.3 mile heavily used trail passes numerous lakes prior to its connection with the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000 within Indian Heaven Wilderness.

From the Thomas Lake Trailhead, beginning along Road 65, this trail climbs gently as it passes through a dense forest, coming to Dee, Thomas, and Heather Lakes at approximately 0.6 mile. The trail climbs to a meadow, then continues past Brader Lake and Naha Lake to Rock Lake and Little Rock Lake. It then turns south and passes Lake Umtux.

As the trail continues through the broad plateau meadow, it passes numerous unnamed ponds and tiny lakes. The trail descends into the timber, passing Lake Sahalee Tyee, and ends at Blue Lake with the junction of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000.

Lake Sahalee Tyee lies in the shallow crater of an old volcano. This is an area where Native Americans built slow-burning fires in trenches, preserving berries for later use by drying them over the radiant heat.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 7/24/2021:The Trail is logged out and open. A NWF or Interagency Pass is required to park at trail head. Mosquito repellent recommended. The trail is accessible from FR 6507 and from FR 65 with high clearance. Contact the Mt. Adams Ranger District for current info. 509-395-3402.
Permit Info: Free self-issue Wilderness permit is required.  Permits are available at the trailhead.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Wilderness Regulations apply. Camp only in designated sites around lakes.
Closest Towns: Stabler, WA; Carson, WA
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Thomas Lake trailhead.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mt. Adams Ranger District

General Information


From Carson Washington follow Wind River Highway north for about 4 miles to Panther Creek Road. Turn right onto Panther Creek Road. At the Forest boundary this road becomes Forest Road 65. Continue to follow Forest Road 65 to the intersection with Forest Road 60. Drive throught this intersection and continue north on Forest Road 65. Keep to the right at the fork in the road and continue north to the Thomas Lake Trailhead  on the right. 

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  Area/Length : 
3.3 miles

  Elevation : 
4000' - 4500'


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